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How to Mix Solutions

Ammonia Solution
One tablespoon of clear ammonia to half cup of water.

Detergent Solution
One teaspoon of mild dish detergent or HE laundry detergent (as specified) to one cup of water or laundry pre-treat (e.g. Shout).

Vinegar Solution
One-third cup of white vinegar to two-thirds cup of water.

Dry Cleaning Solution
Available at most hardware stores.

Taylor’s Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning’s Cleaning Guide

We don’t have all the answers, but here are some tips that we’ve found (through experience) that usually work.

First and foremost, ACT QUICKLY!

Using clean, white towels or tissues, absorb as much liquid and scrape up as much solid material as you can. Work in toward the centre of the spot when cleaning. Repeat steps if necessary and always blot between steps with clean, white towels.

ALWAYS DO A SPOT TEST on a portion of the fabric or carpet that is not normally visible, especially on upholstery fabrics, where water-based solutions may leave ring marks. It is helpful to dampen the affected area to the closest edge; be careful not to overwet. And NEVER USE BLEACH. DON’T SCRUB AS FRAYING MAY OCCUR.

Bookmark for Future Reference!
This is not meant to be a substitute for regular cleaning. Contact us for professional service when an overall soiled condition is reached.
Alcohol/Whisky
  • Squirt with warm tap water or soda water
  • Blot dry
Animal Stains
See urine and vomit

Beer
Flush with warm tap water or soda water (carpet shampoo might also be effective)
Blood
  • Apply cool dish detergent solution
  • Apply cool ammonia solution
  • Apply laundry detergent
  • Rinse
Burns
  • Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to carpet shampoo
  • Rinse
  • Trim burnt fibres with scissors (if damage is extensive, call us for help)
Chocolate
  • Apply cool dish detergent solution
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Apply laundry detergent
  • Rinse
Coffee, Tea & Cola
  • Flush with cold or soda water
  • Blot and let dry
  • Remove traces with dry cleaning solution
Fruit, Juice, Jelly, Soda, & Artificial Colours
  • Apply dish detergent solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Rinse
Glue
Cleaning methods depend on type of glue. Many have special solvents available from the manufacturer. Follow instructions carefully. If stains are indelible, trim affected carpet fibres.
Grass
  • Apply laundry detergent
  • Rinse
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Rinse
Gravy, Ketchup & Mustard
  • Apply dish detergent solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Apply laundry detergent
Grease, Oil & Clear Salad Dressing
Apply dry cleaning solution or carpet shampoo. Or, use blotting paper with a warm iron.
Gum
  • Chill with ice cube
  • Scrape off as much as possible
  • Apply dry cleaning solution
Ink, Ball Point
  • Apply dry cleaning solution
  • Apply paint/oil/grease remover
  • Repeat first step
Milk
Apply warm or soda water. Carpet shampoo or dry cleaning solution might also be used.
Mud
  • Let dry
  • Brush, scrape or vacuum off as much as possible
  • Apply dish detergent solution and rinse
Nail Polish
  • Apply dry cleaning solution
  • Apply paint/oil/grease remover
  • Apply non-oily nail polish remover (note: nail polish remover may dissolve some fibres; pre-test first)
  • If stain remains, apply detergent solution
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Rinse and blot dry
Paint, Oil or Water Bases
It’s better not to try this one yourself as it is very risky. When a paint spill occurs, call us for professional help.
Rust
While commercial rust removers might be used, they are both dangerous and expensive. It’s advisable to let experts handle it.
Tar & Shoe Polish
  • Apply dry cleaning solution
  • Apply paint/oil/grease remover
  • Repeat first step
  • Apply dish detergent solution
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Rinse and blot dry
Urine & Animal Stains
A.
  • Apply dish detergent solution
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Rinse and blot dry

B.
  • Apply enzyme solution
  • Rinse and blot dry
Vomit
  • Apply laundry detergent
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Rinse and blot dry
Water
Dry carpet outdoors if possible, or raise it up off the floor. If flooding occurs, consult a professional for help.
Wax, Crayons & Lipstick
  • Apply dry cleaning solution
  • Apply paint/oil/grease remover
  • Repeat first step
  • Apply dish detergent solution
  • Rinse and blot dry
Wine
A:
  • Apply dish detergent solution
  • Apply white vinegar solution
  • Apply ammonia solution
  • Rinse and blot dry

B:
  • Blot up excess
  • Apply soda water
  • Blot dry