Spot Removal Guide

The best way keep your carpets looking great is professional cleaning. To extend the life of your carpets and keep them looking new, we recommend you have them cleaned at least twice a year, and protected with Teflon or Scotchguard once a year.

Learn about professional carpet cleaning in Baltimore and throughout Maryland or use this guide to help in the care of your carpet in between cleanings. The first thing to remember with all spills or spots is to act quickly. With any liquid spill, extract with thick towels immediately before attempting any cleaning procedures.

 

Acetone Acne Medicine Alcohol Asphalt
Ball Point Pen Ink Beer Berry Stain Betadine®
BHT Yellowing Bleach Blood Browning
Butter Calcium Chloride Ice Melt Candle Wax Carbon Black (Toner
Carbon Paper Carpenter’s Chalk Catsup Chalk
Chewing Gum Children’s Medicine Chocolate Clay (Red)
Coffee Cola Drinks Cough Medicine Copier Toner (dry)
Crayon Creme de Menthe Creosote| Crepe Paper Dye
Dandruff Shampoo Driveway Sealer Duco® Cement Egg (Raw)
Ether Fabric Softener Felt Pad Dye Felt Tip Markers
Fingerprint Dust Food Color Furniture Polish Furniture Stain
Gentian Violet Glass Cleaner Grape Juice Gravy
Grease (vehicle) Hair Dye Ice Cream Ice Melt
Ink (ball point) Ink (India) Ink (Permanent) Ink (Washable)
Insecticides Iodine Jute Stain Ketchup
Kool Aid® Lacquer Linseed Oil Lipstick
Mascara Merthiolate Mildew Milk
Mucous Mustard Nail Polish Oil (Petroleum)
Orange Drink Paint (Latex) Paint (oil based) Phenol (1%)
Photocopier Toner (dry) Potting Soil Red Clay Rubber Cement
Rust Shoe Polish (Liquid) Shoe Polish (paste or wax) Soft Drink
Soil Filtration Lines Soot Tea Toner
Urine Urine Varnish Vitamins (Liquid)
Vomit Water Colors Wax (Candle) Window Cleaner (Windex®)
Wine Yellowing(on stain-resist fibers)    

Acetone

How to Remove Acetone from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Acetone is the primary ingredient in many non-oily fingernail polishes and removers. It evaporates very rapidly and is highly flammable. Acetone dissolves acetate fibers. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel, blot dry with a dry white towel. Because Acetone is such a strong solvent, if it penetrated into the backing of the carpet, the carpet may buckle up and come unglued. A professional may be required to re-glue the carpet or replace the damaged area. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean for professional removal!

Acne

How to Remove Acne Medicine from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Most acne medicines (and many other medications) contain Benzoyl Peroxide which gradually forms Hydrogen Peroxide and can eventually leave bleach spots in carpet. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water, blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of household ammonia per cup of water, blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel, blot dry with a dry white towel, and vacuum. A professional may be required to re-dye any bleached out area. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Alcohol

How to Remove Alcohol from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Asphalt

How to Remove Asphalt / Driveway Sealer / Parking Lot Sealer / Creosote from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If not removed when fresh, yellow stain from asphalt off parking lots and driveways is nearly impossible to completely remove without delaminating the carpet. This yellowing is particularly obvious with blue and gray carpet.
  • For small areas, blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Ball Point Pen Ink

How to Remove Ball Point Pen Ink from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Absorb all ink on surface with dry white unprinted paper towels. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Beer

How to Remove Beer from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If large quantity, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Berry

How to Remove Berry Stain from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If large quantity has spilled, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day before attempting removal. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

BHT

How to Remove BHT Yellowing from Carpet / Upholstery

  • BHT (Butylated Hydroxy-Toluene) is a preservative used in rebond pad (and bread). With stain-resistant nylon carpet, sometimes BHT turns the carpet yellow especially under throw rugs, under low-lying furniture, and in closets. Apply a solution of 10% Citric Acid (1 pound per gallon). Citric Acid is available at some drugstores. Leave overnight. Vacuum.  If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Bleach

How to Remove Bleach from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Permanent color damage will occur except on most solution-dyed fibers. Bleach dissolves wool!
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. To neutralize the bleach with an anti-chlor, make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the affected area and work in. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. A professional may be required to re-dye any bleached out area. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Blood

How to Remove Blood from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. If not fully removed, apply household Hydrogen Peroxide (the 3% drugstore variety) to the stain and blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. NOTE: Sometimes the Hydrogen Peroxide will bleach out the carpet fibers. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Browning

How to Remove Browning from Carpet / Upholstery

  • A carpet, particularly wool, will sometimes gain a brown tint on the tips if cleaned with an overly strong high pH detergent. This will sometimes occur, particularly on wool, if the carpet is left wet too long after cleaning, spill, flood, etc. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If unsuccessful, If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Butter

How to Remove Butter from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Ice melting compaunds

How to Remove Calcium Chloride Ice Melt, Ice Melt Salt, Snow Melting Compound from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If dry, thoroughly vacuum first. If wet, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Carbon

How to Remove Carbon Black / Fingerprint Dust / Dry Photocopier Toner / Soot from Carpet / Upholstery

  • It is EXTREMELY important that you NOT get this type of material wet initially! Vacuum thoroughly until you see no more, then vacuum some more! Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Carbon Paper

How to Remove Carbon Paper from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. NOTE: Some carbon paper inks are more readily removed with Alcohol than with dry cleaning fluid. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Chalk

How to Remove Chalk from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Chalk is Calcium Carbonate. Carpenter’s chalk is simply chalk with a dye added for visibility. First, thoroughly vacuum. Chalk is readily soluble in mild acid. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. If any stain from carpenter’s chalk is left, blot with Alcohol. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Chewing

How to Remove Chewing Gum from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Scrape up residue. Re-clean with the dry cleaning fluid. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Chocolate

How to Remove Chocolate / Crème de Menthe from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape off excess and absorb. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Clay

How to Remove Clay / Red Clay from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Thoroughly vacuum. If from a flower pot, blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Coffee

How to Remove Coffee / Tea from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water.
  • If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Place a thin dry white towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a pan of hot water. Remove after 1/2 hour. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.
  • If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Cola

How to Remove Cola from Carpet / Upholstery

  • A soft drink spill is usually deep into the backing and wicking with attendant resoiling can be a major problem. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Cough Medicine

How to Remove Cough Medicine or Syrup / Vitamins (Liquid) / Children’s Medicine from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with Alcohol until totally removed. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Crayon

How to Remove Crayon from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape loose crayon off and pick up large pieces. Vacuum thoroughly WITHOUT brush agitation. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Any remaining color can usually be removed by blotting with Alcohol. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Crepe Paper Dye

How to Remove Crepe Paper Dye / FeltPad Dye from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Dandruff

How to Remove Dandruff Shampoo from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Frequently contains sulfur compounds which may turn the fibers permanently brown. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Duco

How to Remove Duco® Cement from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Eggs

How to Remove Egg (Raw) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Immediately scrape off all excess. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Ether

How to Remove Ether from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Caution - Ether is extremely flammable and will severely damage the integrity of the carpet backing. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Towel used will be very flammable until it has dried. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Fabric Softener

How to Remove Fabric Softener from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Food Stains

How to Remove Food Coloring / Kool-Aid® from Carpet / Upholstery

  • For dry food dyes such as some Easter egg dye powders, THOROUGHLY vacuum before proceeding with any wet techniques. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Furniture Stains

How to Remove Furniture Stain from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If liquid, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If wax or solid, scrape up. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Gentian Violet

How to Remove Gentian Violet from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Grape

How to Remove Grape Juice from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If any stain remains, blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.
  • If stain is still present, make a pint of very hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Place a thin dry towel on the stained area. Pour the hot pint solution directly onto the towel. Keep hot by placing on the wetted area a pan of hot water. Remove after 1/2 hour. NOTE: While rare, this solution can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel.
  • If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Gravy

How to Remove Gravy from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Grease

How to Remove Grease (vehicle) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Hair Dye

How to Remove Hair Dye from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Hair dye is one of the most severe stains there is for carpet and can seldom be thoroughly removed! Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Replacement of the stained section may even be necessary. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Ice Cream

How to Remove Ice Cream from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel.  If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

India Ink

How to Remove Ink (India) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Permanent Ink

How to Remove Ink (Permanent) / Felt Tip Markers from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Washable Ink

How to Remove Ink (Washable) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If a heavy spill, scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Insecticides

How to Remove Insecticides from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Most insecticides permanently stain, bleach, or discolor carpet fibers with little chance of restoring the carpet to the original color.
  • Vacuum thoroughly. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Iodine

How to Remove Iodine / Betadine® from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Cover the stained area with a thin white towel. Make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the towel. Set a pan of hot water on

Kerosene

How to Remove Kerosene from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If heavily spilled on upholstery or into the backing and pad of a carpet, elimination of the odor is very difficult. Pad or filler material will have to be replaced. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day.
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Ketchup

How to Remove Ketchup / Catsup from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Apply a damp WHITE towel to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Scrape up unabsorbed residue. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Lacquer

How to Remove Lacquer / Linseed Oil from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If wet, absorb. Scrape up any dried material. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Lipstick

How to Remove Lipstick from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Remove all loose material. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Mascara

How to Remove Mascara from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Merthiolate

How to Remove Merthiolate from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Mildew

How to Remove Mildew from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If the carpet is 100% solution dyed olefin (polypropylene), spray bleach onto the mildewed area, leave 1 hour, blot with water, dry blot with white towels. CAUTION: Do not get on any other surfaces!
  • If not solution dyed olefin, blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!
  • NOTE: Black mildew on fabric indicates probable severe irreversible damage. Be extremely careful - the fabric is probably very weak!

Milk

How to Remove Milk from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If “souring” has occurred, professional treatment or removal of the affected section of the pad will be necessary.
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot
    with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Mucilage

How to Remove Mucilage / Mucous from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Mustard

How to Remove Mustard from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Because it contains a disperse dye, mustard is very difficult to totally remove.
  • If the carpet is 100% solution dyed olefin (polypropylene), scrape up residue, spray bleach onto the stained area, leave 1 hour, blot with water, dry blot with white towels. CAUTION: Do not get on any other surfaces!
  • For other surfaces, scrape off loose material. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Nail Polish

How to Remove Nail Polish from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!
  • CAUTION: Amyl Acetate, Acetone, and most nail polish removers are highly flammable and dissolve acetate fibers.

Oil

How to Remove Oil (Petroleum) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Orange

How to Remove Orange Drink from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If a heavy spill, leave a weighted moist towel on the spot overnight. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Latex Paint

How to Remove Paint (Latex) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If wet and on surface, blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Oil Paint

How to Remove Paint (Oil Based) / Varnish from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If wet, blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If dry, scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together.Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Phenol

How to Remove Phenol (1%) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Potting Soil

How to Remove Potting Soil from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Let dry completely before treating. Dry vacuum until all soil is removed. Soil may contain fertilizers and insecticides which often leave permanent stains. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Rubber

How to Remove Rubber Cement from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Rust

How to Remove Rust from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Vacuum up loose rust. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Apply a of WHITE towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Liquid Shoe Polish

How to Remove Shoe Polish (Liquid) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Wax Based Shoe Polish

How to Remove Shoe Polish (Wax or Paste) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!
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Soil Filtration Lines

How to Remove Soil Filtration Lines from Carpet / Upholstery

  • These are the black or darkened areas along the baseboard, around furnace vents, etc. This is caused by air movement where extremely fine soil is deposited on the fibers as the air moves under walls, closed doors, etc. It is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible, to thoroughly remove from very light carpet.
  • Very thoroughly vacuum. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Urine

How to Remove Urine from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Scrape up residue. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with a WHITE absorbent towel saturated with white vinegar. Apply a WHITE towel saturated with white vinegar to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!
  • Severe cases will require pad replacement, cleaning and deodorizing the backing, cleaning and deodorizing and sealing the underlayment.
  • NOTE: On wool, urine frequently bleaches out the dyes, especially if not immediately treated.

Vomit

How to Remove Vomit from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Vomit is strongly acidic and, therefore, can severely stain carpet and upholstery.
  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Water

How to Remove Water Colors from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. Blot with Alcohol. Blot with a solution of 2 tablespoons of HOUSEHOLD ammonia per cup of water. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel., If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Wax

How to Remove Wax (Candle / Paraffin) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • On nylon carpet only, place a white towel on the area. Heat an iron to medium and set on the towel for thirty seconds. Move the towel as needed. CAUTION: This procedure can damage the carpet if not done very cautiously.
  • If unable to use the above hot iron technique, blot with an Acetone-based nail polish remover. Blot with a non-flammable dry cleaning fluid such as Carbona® or Energine® on a white towel. Do not pour directly on the carpet or you will destroy the latex glue holding the primary and secondary backing together. Blot with a solution of 1/4 of a cup of liquid HAND dish washing detergent per cup of lukewarm water. Blot with a solution of 1 cup of WHITE vinegar per 2 cups of water. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Window Glass Cleaner

How to Remove Glass Cleaner / Window Cleaner (Windex®, etc.) from Carpet / Upholstery

  • Irreversible bleaching can occur with some window cleaners, especially in bright sunlight. Blot with Alcohol. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!

Wine

How to Remove Wine from Carpet / Upholstery

  • If a heavy spill, apply a one-half inch layer of WHITE (no printing) paper towels to the affected area, and weight down with a flat, heavy object and remove the next day. Blot with white wine on a white towel. If unsuccessful, make a pint of hot water containing 2 ounces of Rit Dye’s Color Remover or White Wash (obtainable in most discount stores and fabric stores). Pour the solution directly onto the affected area. Place a pan of hot water on the stain overnight. NOTE: while rare, this solution itself can bleach out the carpet dye. Blot with lukewarm water with a white towel. Blot dry with a dry WHITE absorbent towel. If you are unsuccessful removing this stain, please call Hydro-Clean (410-999-8260) for professional removal!