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Types of Treatment (Spot Removal Chart)

Find the type of stain that you need to treat in the chart below, then refer to the key below for the recommended treatment. You can purchase the HOST Dry Cleaning Kit on our main Care Info page for wool. Remember to follow these guidelines:

  • Immediately blot (do not rub) spills with white paper towels or a clean absorbent cloth. Scoop up solids.
  • Pretest any spot-removal treatment in an inconspicuous area.
  • Apply the cleaning agent listed on the Spot Removal Chart to an absorbent towel and begin to blot up the spill with a blotting motion. Flip cloth to prevent reapplying soil.
  • Do NOT saturate 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.


SPOT REMOVAL CHART

Treatment Key (*read below for the recommended order of treatment)

  1.  Add cold water and blot
  2.  Mild detergent solution
  3.  Methylated mineral spirits or turpentine
  4.  Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum
  5.  Warm water
  6.  Clean nail polish remover (preferably acetone)
  7.  Isopropyl alcohol
  8.  Rust remover
  9.  Absorbent powder (e.g., salt, talc)
10.  Absorbent cleaner (Host Dry Cleaning Kit)

 

Type of SpotStep 1Step 2Step 3

Alcoholic Beverages

12-

Bleach

12-

Blood

12-

Butter

32-

Candle wax **

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Chewing Gum

43-

Chocolate

23-

Coffee

123

Colas and Soft Drinks

12-

Cooking Oils

42-

Cream

23-

Egg

2--

Floor Wax

32-

Fruit Juice

12-

Furniture Polish

32-

Gravy and Sauces

523

Ink (Fountain Pen)

12-

Ink (Ball Point)

472

Ink (Felt Tip)

526

Ketchup

52-

Lipstick

32-

Mercurochrome

210-

Milk

532

Mustard

2--

Nail Polish

63-

Oil and Grease

32-

Paint (Latex)

123

Paint (Oil)

932

Rust

328

Salad Dressing

23-

Shoe Polish

32-

Soot

32-

Tar

3--

Tea

123

Urine (fresh)

12-

Urine (old)

1210

Vomit

2--

Wine

912

Unknown Material

3102