Preventing Stains

How to Handle Spills on Your Fine Rugs
It is important to treat spills both promptly and correctly. Please use the following tips to minimize damage to your fine rugs in the event of a spill. For professional cleaning please contact us.

Stain Type What to Do
Chocolate, Egg, Fruit, Glue, Gravy, Blood Scrape up excess with a blunt knife. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.
Coffee or Tea Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent solution, and follow with vinegar. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.
Liquid Foods Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent solution, starting at the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.
Milk, Soft Drinks Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent solution starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution. Blot dry.
Perfume, Alcohol/Wines, Urine Blot up the surplus spillage. Use detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

 

Detergent Types Instructions
1. Detergent Solution One teaspoon mild dish washing liquid to 1 pint of warm water
2. Detergent/Vinegar Solution Add one teaspoon of pure white vinegar to the detergent solution
3. Ammonia Solution One tablespoon of household ammonia to one cup or warm water. (Refrain from using a stronger ammonia solution on wool rugs.)

 

Cleaning Tips

  • Test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area (in case of possible fugitive dyes), then tackle the stain by working from the outer edge towards the center.
  • Never rub a spill, You will only force the spill deeper into the fibers and possibly damage the nap of the rug.
  • To blot the area, press absorbent white paper (paper towels, tissues, napkins etc.) gently on the stain and repeat until as much moisture as possible is absorbed.