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Solvent and Detergent Method

*Before attempting to remove the stain, test an inconspicuous area for color fastness. 

Here’s What You’ll Need

  1. Solvent- liquid, non-oily, non-caustic type sold for spot removal from garments. Use products for grease, oil and tar removal. Such as Carbona and Afta. Important: Do not apply directly to the carpet to prevent damage to the backing.
  2. 1/4 teaspoon clear dish-washing detergent (Dawn, Joy, or clear Ivory).
  3. 1 cup warm (not hot) water for solution
  4. Additional warm water for rinsing
  5. Clean dry white towels/rags or white paper towels
  6. Small bowl for mixing
  7. Smooth bottomed baking dish large enough for area
  8. Heavy object, like jug of water or gallon of paint

Step 1

Apply the solvent to dry towel or cloth

Step 2

Working from the outside in–blot the affected area (do not rub or scrub). Scrubbing could damage the carpet fibers.

Step 3

Repeat steps 1-2 until there is no longer color transfer

Step 4

Mix the detergent and warm water in a bowl.

Step 5

Working from the outside in–blot the affected area (do not rub or scrub). Scrubbing could damage the carpet fibers.

Step 6

To rinse the carpet, apply clean water using a towel. This will ensure that you remove all the detergent residue.

Step 7

To absorb the excess water, apply a thick stack of paper towels to the area. On top of the paper towels place a flat glass baking dish weighted down with books, or other heavy objects.

Step 8

To speed up the drying process, periodically add fresh paper towels to the bottom of the stack.  This wicking process may take several hours.

Step 9

If solvent remains, repeat steps 6-8

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Ayoub N&H services the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

Ayoub N&H has several convenient rug drop-off locations throughout the area at neighborhood dry cleaners in Maryland, Washington D.C. & Northern Virginia. Dropping off and picking up your rugs is convenient and may save you money on the cost of rug cleaning.

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