Spot Removal Guide

Step by step advanced treatment recommendations see bottom for spotting solutions!

 

BLOOD:

  • Apply cool detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply cool ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

  • If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

  • Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide may be necessary.

BUTTER AND MARGARINE:

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot until dry.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

CANDLE WAX:

  • Scrape away as much wax as possible with spatula or dull knife.

  • Apply dry cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

*Refer to general recommendation for hot iron treatment of wax.

KETCHUP & TOMATO SAUCE:

  • Apply cool detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • If stain remains, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot dry.

CHOCOLATE:

  • Scrape away as much as possible with spatula or dull knife.

  • Apply cool detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

COFFEE:

  • Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Cover with dry towels until dry.

CRAYON:

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

FOOD COLORING:

  • Apply detergent solution, blotting frequently. A dried stain of food coloring will most likely spread when wet. Repeat until color is no longer transferred to towel.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

FURNITURE STAIN:

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Unfortunately, a furniture stain is nearly impossible to remove completely.

GRASS:

  • Apply amyl acetate if available to remove chlorophyll, blot.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Bleaching or professional stripping may be necessary.

INK(Ballpoint):

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

INK (India):

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

JAM & JELLY:

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

LIPSTICK:

  • Scrape off excess with spatula or dull knife.

  • Apply POG, blot making sure not to reapply stain into fabric.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

  • Apply detergent, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

Try to avoid wet cleaning on wool.
Use POG and dry-cleaning solvents as long as possible.

MILDEW:

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot.

  • Apply solution of oxidizing bleach (chlorine or perborate) Do not use chlorine bleach on wool or silk.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

MUD:

  • Brush or scrape away as much excess mud as possible.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

  • If stain remains, apply POG and dry-cleaning solvent alternately, blot until dry.

MUSTARD:

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • If stain remains, rust remover (Oxalic acid solution) or bleaching may be necessary.

Do not use ammonia or alkalies.

NAIL POLISH:

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply amyl acetate if available or nail polish remover -PRETEST INCONSPICUOUS AREA FIRST.

  • If stain remains, apply detergent solution, blot until dry.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

PAINT [Oil based]:

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot.

PAINT (Water based):

  • Check label on paint or specific thinner or solvent OR

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent, blot

  • Alternate steps 2 and 3 until stain is removed.

  • If stain persists, weight down the stain with towels dampened with dry-cleaning for several hours to loosen, blot with solvent.

  • Apply several drops of detergent solution and work into the stain, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Alternate steps 2 and 3 and 6 until stain is removed.

Rinse thoroughly with warm water, blot until dry.

SHOE POLISH:

  • Apply dry-cleaning solvent.

  • Apply POG, blot.

  • Apply dry-cleaning solution, blot.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

  • If stain persists, bleaching or professional stripping may be necessary.

URINE:

  • Blot as much as possible if still wet.

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

  • If stain remains, apply rust remover or oxalic acid solution.

  • Bleaching with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate might be necessary.

Urine stains may cause permanent dye removal from fibers.

Vomit:

  • Blot as much as possible.

  • Apply enzyme detergent, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Rinse with water, blot until dry.

WINE:

  • Apply detergent solution, blot.

  • Apply vinegar solution, blot.

  • Apply ammonia solution, blot.

  • If necessary, bleach with 3-5% hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate.

  • Rinse thoroughly with water, blot until dry.

(If all else fails, switch to Chardonnay)!!

Spotting Solutions!

AMMONIA SOLUTION

– Mix one tablespoon of clean household ammonia with one-half cup of water.

BLEACH

– Use hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate (present in Snowy or Clorox II).

DO NOT use chlorine bleach.

DETERGENT SOLUTION

– Mix one teaspoonful of a colorless, mild detergent or dishwashing liquid in a cup of lukewarm water.

DRY-CLEANING SOLVENT

– Volatile dry spotter or a commercial spotter such as Thoro, Carbona, Energize, K2R. Use in small amounts…can be harmful in sizing, backings or stuffing material.

DO NOT use gasoline, lighter fluid or carbon tetrachloride.

POG

– Paint, oil and grease remover; available in hardware stores. Use extremely small amounts with extreme caution!