We've put together a handy chart to help you come to your carpet's rescue. But whatever the spil, remember:

 

  • Deal with it quickly so that it is less likely to stain
  • Don't rub, or you will damage the yarn
  • Don't use salt or white wine on a red wine spill
  • Work from the outside inwards to limit the affected area
  • Use a cleaner designed for wool, working it in with a brush, sponge or cloth, then rinsing
  • When you have finished, blot thoroughly and brush the pile in the right direction
  • If you are in any doubt, call a professional carpet cleaner

 

Method A

Blot with clean, white cloth. When you have removed the excess liquid, use a solution made of one teaspoon of wool detergent with half a pint of water. Sponge gently then rinse with clean, warm water. Blot thoroughly, brush the pile in it's natural direction and leave to dry.

 

Method B

Sponge the stain with a household dry-cleaning fluid, according to the instructions on the pack. Don't soak. Open the windows so the room can air thoroughly.

 

Method C

Sponge the mark with a solution of 1 part of white vinegar to 3 parts clean, warm water. Leave for 15 Minutes then sponge with clean, warm water, blot thoroughly and gently brush the pile in it's natural direction.

 

Stain

Method A

Method B

Method C

Additional Instructions

 

Animal and baby accidents

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Ballpoint pen

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Sponge with methylated spirits first

Beers, Wines and spirits

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Bleach

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Blood

 

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Followed by Method A

Butter

 

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Followed by Method A

Chewing gum

 

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First apply freezing agent, break away when hard

Chocolate

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Scrape off excess first

Cola (Soft drinks)

 

 

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Followed by Method A

Cooking oil

 

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Cosmetics and Lipstick

 

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If unsuccessful try Method A

Cream

 

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Followed by Method A

Egg

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Floor wax

 

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Fruit juice

 

 

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Followed by Method A

Furniture and shoe polish

 

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Followed by Method A

Gravy and sauces

 

 

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Followed by Method A

Grease and oil

 

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Followed by Method A

Ink (Fountain pen)

 

 

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Followed by Method A

Mineral and tonic water

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Milk

 

 

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Followed by Method A

Mustard

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Metal polish

 

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Followed by Method A

Nail polish

 

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Dab with nail polish remover first

Paint (emulsion)

 

 

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Blot excess, method C followed by Method A

Paint (Oil-based)

 

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Dab with white spirit first

Rust

 

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Followed by Method A

Salad Dressing

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Followed by Method B

Soot

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Vacuum thoroughly first

Tar

 

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If needed, follow by dabbing with eucalyptus oil

Tea and coffee

 

 

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Followed by Method A

Tomato juice

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Urine

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Vomit

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Wax

 

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Scrape off excess, iron at a low temperature over brown paper