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For over 30 years, Rug Doctor has researched the best carpet cleaning methods in order to provide homeowners with the right machine, products and information to achieve professional carpet cleaning results. In this guide you will find our stain removal and carpet cleaning tips that are designed to help you improve and maintain the beauty as well as extend the life of your carpet.
For most carpets the best cleaning comes from hot-water extraction. It’s the method recommended by most major carpet manufacturers and used by professional carpet cleaners. Continued, regular deep- cleaning not only removes allergens, dirt, and grime, but can add years of life to your carpet by removing the abrasive grit that harms carpet fibres
Rug Doctor's line of specialised cleaning products, includes our carpet cleaner, carpet stain remover, spot remover, odour remover and upholstery cleaner. Our cleaning products are suitable for everyday use in helping you keep your carpets and upholstery spotless. Use the following carpet stain removal guide to find the best solution for your specific stains.
Use the recommended treatment to the stain and allow the problem areas to be prepared for removal by the carpet cleaning machine so that one-pass cleaning can be more effective. If the machine cannot remove tough stains in two passes despite pre-treatment, allow the carpet to dry and re-clean rather than risk over-wetting. For best results always have these pre-treatment products at the ready to effectively clean the problem area.
For stubborn stains it is best to use the upholstery / hand tool connected to the back of the machine. Use quick back and forward cleaning action movements while holding the hand tool firmly down onto surface area, spraying and extracting solution at the same time. You can extract excess moisture from the surface being cleaned by not engaging the hand tool solution lever. This will avoid over wetting and help with drying time.
|Type of Stain||Treatment||Special Instructions|
|Butter or Margarine||Spot Remover|
|Candle Wax||Spot Remover||Scrape off as much wax as possible with a spatula or spoon. If wax is deeply embedded, cover with a white cloth and apply iron on low setting to cloth. Wax will transfer to cloth. Any remaining residue can be removed using Spot Remover.|
|Cough Syrup||Spot Remover|
|Dirt, Mud, Clay, Grass||Spot Remover|
|Faeces (not urine)||Spot Remover|
|Food Grease||Spot Remover|
|Fruit Juice||Stain Remover|
|Ice Cream||Spot Remover|
|Mildew||Odour Remover||Odour Remover destroys the mildew source. After treatment blot well and keep area dry. A follow-up cleaning should eliminate the stain.|
|Motor Grease/Oil||Spot Remover|
|Mustard||Alternate with Spot Remover and full strength vinegar||A near permanent stain. Use our Spot Remover followed by full strength vinegar. Yellow dye stains from mustard may not be removable depending on your carpet or fabric type.|
|Spot Remover||Old or dried spots may need to soak for an hour or two.|
|Perspiration||Stain Remover||Use Odour Remover to eliminate smell by adding with cleaning solution to machine.|
|Salad Dressing||Spot Remover|
|Shoe Polish||Spot Remover|
|Tomato Sauce||Spot Remover|
|Urine||Stain Remover||Act quickly! Urine is highly acidic and will bleach some carpets which cannot be corrected with stain removing products.|
|Vegetable Oil||Spot Remover|
|Vomit||Stain Remover or Spot Remover||Use Odour Remover to eliminate smell by adding with cleaning solution to machine.|
|Wine||Stain Remover or Spot Remover||White Wine use Stain Remover and Red Wine use Spot Remover|
If you need additional assistance, please contact our Customer Support Team.