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Spot Removal Tips

Whether they are dribbles or disasters, food and beverage stains are part of everybody's life. However, you don't have to be stuck with them forever.

Read through our tips and suggestions below to learn how best to rid your carpet of the worst stains using Chem-Dry's Stain Remover products for water-based stains and grease and oil stains.

If your carpet has been treated with Chem-Dry's Protectant, then you already have a huge advantage in removing stains.

Please note difficult stains may require a Specialty Stain Removal analysis from your local Chem-Dry carpet and upholstery cleaning professional.

 

7 Tips for Removing Stains in Your Home

  1. Act Quickly - The longer the stain is allowed to remain, the more chance it has to set.
     
  2. Know what kind of stain you are working on as well as the type of fabric or surface it is on so you can choose the best product. View the list below to see which product to use for water or oil based stains.
     
  3. Remove as much excess stain as you can by blotting, scraping or brushing whatever will come off. DO NOT rub it in.
     
  4. Test all fabrics and carpets before cleaning by spraying a small amount of Chem-Dry Professional Strength Spot Remover or Chem-Dry Grease & Oil Remover on a hidden area, blot dry and observe for 10 minutes. Make sure there is not carpet color removal onto the cloth and that, when dry, there is not a visible discoloration in the area you cleaned.
     
  5. Work from the outside edge of the stain to the inside to keep the stain from spreading.
     
  6. Call Chem-Dry for expert spot & stain removal if these efforts do not work.
     
  7. Have a Chem-Dry Professional apply our Powerguard Protector with every cleaning to give you the best chance for removing stains.

Understand the Difference

Water Based Stains: Use Chem-Dry Professional Strength Spot Remover

*Acne Med *Dye Liquor
Ammonia Egg Milk
Beer Excrement Soft Drinks
*Beetroot *Food Coloring *Soy Sauce
Fruit Juices *Berries Spackle
Blood Garden Soi Starch
Butter Glue (wet) *Tea
Candy Grass Toothpaste
Cheese Grout (wet) *Urine
Chocolate Ice Cream *Vomit
*Coffee Ketchup *Wine
Lard *Curry Latex Paint (wet)
*Cough Syrup    


Oil Based Stains: Use Chem-Dry Grease & Oil Remover

Adhesive Tape Hand Lotion Ointment
*Ink Butter Lamp Oil
Paint Candy Linseed Oi
Playdough Caulk Lard
Putty Cooking Oil Lotion
Rubber Cement Crayon Machine Oil
Shoe Polish Dressing (salad) Make-Up
Soot Tar Marker
*Furniture Polish Glue Mascara
Tree Sap Grease Mayonnaise
Vaseline Gum Metal Polish
Hair Oil *Nail Polish  

You can buy both Chem-Dry Stain Extinguisher for water-bases stains and Chem-Dry Grease & Oil for oil-based stains online at our Amazon store.

*These items can chemically damage carpet fibers which may require a Chem-Dry Professional's assistance. Please be EXTREMELY careful with ink. For larger spills call 800-CHEM-DRY to find your local Chem-Dry representative.

 

 

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*Based on studies conducted by independent laboratories of Chem-Dry’s HCE (Hot Carbonating Extraction), P.U.R.T. (Pet Urine Removal Treatment), Granite Countertop Renewal, and Tile, Stone & Grout cleaning processes. Allergens tested were dog and cat dander and dust mite allergen. Pet odor results based on testing with the most common odor sources found in dog and cat urine. Pet urine bacteria results based on Chem-Dry’s HCE cleaning process and a sanitizer, combined with P.U.R.T. All bacteria results include use of sanitizer. Figures are an average across multiple tests.