One of the most crucial areas of rug and carpet maintenance is prompt removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly when anything is spilled or dropped and always having the necessary cleaning materials on hand are of the utmost importance.

  • Immediately blot (do not rub) spills with white paper towels or clean absorbent cloth. Scoop up solids.
  • All cleaning agents and solvents should be Ph neutral; pre-test should be done in an inconspicuous area.
  • Apply the cleaning agent listed on the spot removal chart (below) to an absorbent towel and begin to blot up the spill with a blotting motion. Flip cloth to prevent reapplying soil.
  • Do not oversaturate with water.
  • Work inward from the edge of the spot to prevent excess spreading.
  • Wait a few minutes for the cleaning agent to work on the spot.
  • Once the cleaning agent has removed the spot, blot excessive moisture by applying pressure with paper towels or a dry absorbent cloth.
  • Rinse with clear water applied to a clean cloth (do not apply water directly to the rug).
  • Remove excess moisture by applying pressure with paper towels.

Refer to the Spot Removal Chart below for further guidelines.

Solvent: HOST Spot Remover, or any other commercial dry cleaning solvent
Detergent: 1 teaspoon laundry detergent (without bleach) & 1 cup lukewarm water
Vinegar: 1/4 cup white vinegar & 1/4 cup water
Ammonia: 1 teaspoon clear household ammonia and 1/2 cup water 



A
Use HOST, Capture or other commercial grade dry cleaner for carpets
F

Detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, water, blot, solvent, blot

B
Solvent, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot
G
Freeze with ice cube, shatter with blunt object, vacuum, solvent, blot
(for wax, place paper over wax, iron with warm - not hot - iron to absorb)
C
Detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot
H
Blot as much as possible, cool water, blot, mild detergent, blot
D
Detergent, blot, vinegar, blot, detergent, blot, water, blot
I
Acetone polish remover, blot, repeat
E
Detergent, blot, ammonia, blot, vinegar, blot,  detergent, blot, water, blot
J
Mild detergent solution, blot, methylated mineral spirits or turpentine, blot


 

NATURAL FIBER SPOT CLEANING CHART





Type of Spill
Remedy
Type of Spill
Remedy
Beer or Liquor
A or D
Ketchup
A or C
Blood
A or D
Lipstick
A or B
Butter
A or D
Mascara
A or B
Candy
A or E
Mayonnaise
A or C
Coffee
A or E
Merthiolate
A and E
Chocolate
A or D
Mustard
B
Crayon
B and A
Milk
A and E
Cream
J
Nail Polish
I and A
Egg
A or C
Oil (cooking)
A or B
Feces
A or C
Oil (furniture)
A or B
Food Coloring
C and A
Paint (latex)
A or F
Fruit Juice
A or E
Paint (oil base)
A or B
Furniture Polish
A or C
Rust
A
Glue (model)
I
Shoe Polish
A or B
Glue (white)
C and A
Soft Drinks
A or E
Gravy
A or E
Tar
A and B
Gum
A or G
Tea
A or D
Hair Spray
A or B
Urine (fresh)
H and A
Hand Lotion
A or B
Urine (old)
H and A
Ice Cream
A or E
Vomit
A or B
Ink (ball point)
A or E
Wax
G
Ink (fountain)
A or E
Watercolors
A or F
Ink (felt tip)
A or E
Wine
A or E

Though nothing can guarantee the prevention of or the complete removal of a stain, Sisal Guard can help prevent stains and a dry carpet cleaning system such as HOST Dry Carpet Cleaning Kit is by far the most successful method for cleaning natural fiber floor coverings.