Remove a Stain

The best cure for a spill is a fast response. If a spill is allowed to become a stain, it will be much more difficult to remove. Here are some tips for eliminating stains and spills.

Stop Stains Before They Start

There are three important steps that you must use to treat a stain, hopefully before it has a chance to set in your carpet:
Apply: Wet a clean, white (not printed) paper towel with a cleaning solution. Then dampen the carpet with it. Avoid wetting the carpet through to its backing.
Blot: Absorb the excess liquid from the carpet by pressing straight down with a clean, dry, white paper towel. Do not rub. Place a half-inch thick pad of clean, dry, white paper towels with a weight on top and leave overnight if necessary.
Scrape: Gently scratch the soiled area with the blunt edge of a spoon. Scrape from the outside edge of the spot toward the center.

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Asphalt

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.
2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.
3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.
4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Beer

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 6: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 7: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Berries

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spil

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Blood

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 6: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 7: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Butter

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Candle Wax

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape off excess wax.

Step 2: Cover with brown paper.

Step 3: Apply warm iron until remaining wax is absorbed. Be sure paper is large enough to cover the stained area. Take care never to touch the iron to the carpet as the fiber might melt.

Step 4: Change paper or rotate to clean area and repeat until all material is absorbed.

… OR:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Freeze with ice cubes.

Step 3: Shatter with blunt object like the back of a large spoon.

Step 4: Vacuum chips away before they melt.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Candy

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 6: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 7: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Catsup

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply dry baking soda.

Step 3: Scrape and vacuum.

Step 4: Apply water using a damp sponge to rinse remaining baking soda. Don’t over wet.

Step 5: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 6: Apply pre-soak Solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”) using a damp towel.

Step 7: Rinse with water as above.

Step 8: Blot-don’t rub-dry well.

Step 9: Apply dry powder cleaner (see “Cleaning Solutions”).

Step 10: Vacuum.

… OR:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Chalk

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Vacuum away as much as possible.

Step 2: Loosen remaining material by tapping with a scrub brush or toothbrush. Tap with brush, do not scrub.

Step 3: Vacuum.

Step 4: Apply dry powder cleaner.

Step 5: Tap with brush to work powder into carpet tufts. Do not scrub.

Step 6: Let powder dry 1 hour.

Step 7: Vacuum.

Step 8: Repeat dry powder application if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Chewing Gum

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Apply a dry cleaning solvent, using a damp towel.

Step 2: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 3: Repeat solvent application as above.

Step 4: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 5: Apply water with damp towel.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Step 7: Rinse with water as above.

Step 8: Blot-don’t rub-dry well.

Step 9: Apply dry powder cleaner (see “Cleaning Solutions”).

Step 10: Vacuum.

… OR:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Freeze with ice cubes.

Step 3: Shatter with blunt object like the back of a large spoon.

Step 4: Vacuum chips away before they melt.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Chocolate

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 6: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 7: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Coffee

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Apply water with damp sponge.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Cooking Oil

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Apply a dry cleaning solvent, using a damp towel.

Step 2: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 3: Repeat solvent application as above.

Step 4: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 5: Apply water with damp towel.

Step 6: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

… OR:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply dry baking soda.
Step 3: Scrape and vacuum.

Step 4: Apply water using a damp sponge to rinse remaining baking soda. Don’t over wet.

Step 5: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 6: Apply pre-soak Solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”) using a damp towel.

Step 7: Rinse with water as above.

Step 8: Blot-don’t rub-dry well.

Step 9: Apply dry powder cleaner (see “Cleaning Solutions”).

Step 10: Vacuum.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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Dyes – Blue/Black/Green/Red

Try This Remedy:

Step 1: Scrape or blot up excess spill.

Step 2: Apply detergent solution (see “Cleaning Solutions”), use damp towel, and leave 3-5 minutes.

Step 3: Blot-don’t rub.

Step 4: Apply white vinegar (undiluted), using a damp towel.

Step 5: Blot again. Finish by weighing down a half-inch thick pad of white paper towels to absorb all the moisture. Leave overnight if necessary.

Cleaning solutions to have on hand:

1.  Detergent: Mix 1/2 teaspoon clear dishwashing detergent with one cup of warm (not hot) water.

2.  Pre-soak Solution: Mix 1 teaspoon enzyme laundry detergent (such as Axion, Biz, or others) with one cup of water.

3.  Dry Powder Cleaner: Use powdered carpet cleaners.

4.  Dry Cleaning Solvent: Non-oily, non-caustic type sold as spot removal for garments. Caution: May be flammable.

* Note: Not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated for stains. Before proceeding with any of the preceding cleaning procedures, we recommend you contact the appropriate fiber company for their suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty. For more information, please contact your Flooring America retailer.

Note: If your carpet has an Ultra 25° or Everguard Warranty, you must call 3M directly prior to treating any stain. Failure to do this will void your warranty.

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