Grout, Tile & Stone Cleaning

SPOT REMOVAL TIPS

 

To prevent permanent stains, follow these basic rules for spills and spot removal:
1. Immediately blot up spills, using a clean white absorbent material (tissues, napkins, towels, etc.)

2. Pretest spot removal formulas in an inconspicuous area of the fabric. Put a few drops of formula on each color in the textile and, using your white-absorbent material, hold it against each color, count to ten, then examine the results. If the dye has bled into the absorbent material, or if there has been a change in the colored area, call a professional ASCR member cleaner for advice.

3. Do not overwet. Work with small amounts of formulas and blot frequently. Problems result from using large amounts. Blot – do not rub or brush. Excessive agitation may cause unsightly distortion which may be permanent.

4. Work from the outer edge toward the center of the stain.

5. Have patience – some stains respond slowly.

6. Remember, haphazard attempts at spot removal may result in indelible stains and/or permanent damage to fabrics.

Spot Removal Methods
Use each of the cleaning agents on the stained area in the order indicated until the stain is removed. Apply small amounts of the cleaning solution with a clean, white absorbent towel. Blot frequently and continue to apply and blot until the staining material is no longer transferred to the absorbent material. The final step is: blot any remaining moisture or cleaning solutions by pressing or padding the area with absorbent towel: weight it down and allow at least six hours to dry.

Some stains require special professional care. If the stain is not removed by a prescribed household method, consult a professional cleaner.

1. Apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent or alcohol (available at grocery, drug and hardware stores). Use small amounts to prevent any possible damage to sizing, backings, or stuffing materials. Do not use gasoline, lighter fluid or other flammables.

2. Mix one teaspoonful of white neutral detergent (a mild liquid dishwashing detergent containing no strong alkalies or bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water.

3. Mix one tablespoon of household ammonia with a half cup of water.

4. Mix one-third cup of white household vinegar with two-thirds cup of water.

5. Mix a solution of powered enzyme laundry detergent following label or box directions. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for the length of time recommended by the manufacturer.

NOTE: Never mix ammonia and bleach during the cleaning operation.

Stain
Removal Method
Beer 2, 4
Blood 2, 3, 5
Butter 1, 2, 4
Candle wax 1, 2
Catsup 2, 3, 5
Chocolate 2, 3, 4, 5
Cocktails 2, 4
Coffee 2, 4, 5, 1
Cosmetics 1, 2, 3
Crayon 1, 2
Egg 2, 3, 5
Food coloring 2, 3
Fruit & juices 2, 3, 4, 5
Furniture polish 1, 2, 3
Furniture stain 1, 2
Glue, carpenterís 2, 1
Glue, contact cement 1, 2
Grease 1, 2, 3, 4
Ice cream 2, 3, 4, 5, 1
Ink (use alcohol) 1, 2, 3
Iodine, Merthiolate 2, 3, 4
Milk 2, 3, 4, 5, 1
Mucilage 5, 3
Mustard 2, 4, 5
Nail polish 1, 2, 4, 5
Oils 1, 2, 3, 4
Ointment 1, 2, 3, 5
Paint, oil 1, 2, 3
Paint, water 2, 3, 1
Rubber cement 1, 2
Shoe polish 1, 2, 3
Soft drinks 2, 3, 4
Soot 1, 2, 3
Syrup 2, 3, 4, 5
Tar, Asphalt 1, 2
Tea 2, 4, 5, 1
Unknown stains 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Urine 2, 3, 4
Vomit 2, 3, 4, 5
Water stains 1, 2, 3, 4
Wine 2, 4, 3