HINTS & TIPS

Carpets greatly enhance your room like nothing else. Keeping it clean and looking new is easy – with the help of Skippy cleaners. We’ll clean your carpet, remove stains and spills and leave it looking new.

Here are some tips:


Stain Removal Techniques

The best way to understand these techniques is to define the different methods of removing them first.

Apply – Apply all liquids to a clean, non-printed white paper towel and use to wet a carpet. Don’t wet a carpet through to the backing or padding.

Blot – Press straight down with a pad of clean white paper towels – don’t rub. Leave 1/2" of paper towels on the spot overnight with a weight to keep it in place.

Detergent – Mix 1/4 teaspoon clear hand dish-washing detergent with 1 cup warm water.

Scrape – Gently scoop with blunt edge of a spoon from the outside of the spill toward the center of the spill

Stain Chart


The next step is to identify what type of stain and what technique should be used.

Technique 1:

Apply dry cleaning fluid using dry cloth or towel. Blot. Repeat applying the dry cleaning fuild then blot. Finish with a pad of towels with weight.

This method can be used when dealing with the following stains:

• Auto Grease
• Ball Point Pen Ink
• Butter
• Candle Wax (Use Technique 7 first followed by Technique 1)
• Chewing Gum (Use Technique 3 first followed by Technique 1)
• Cooking Oil (Follow through with Technique 2)
• Crayon (Follow through with Technique 2)
• Dirt or Clay (Use Technique 8 first followed by Technique 1)
• Food Grease (follow with Technique 2)
• Hobby Glue (follow with Technique 4)
• Lipstic (Use Technique 9 first followed by Technique 1)
• Make up (FOllowed by Technique 2)
• Marking Pen Ink (follow with Technique 5)
• Paint – Oil
• Shoe Polish (Followed by Technique 5)
• Tar

Technique 2:

Scrape or blot up excess spill. Apply detergent, use damp towel. Blot. Apply water. Blot and finish with pad of towels weighted down.

This method can be used when dealing with the following stains:

• Beer
• Candy (sugar)
• Chocolate
• Cooking Oil (Technique 1 first followed by Technique 2)
• Crayon (Technique 1 first followed by Technique 2)
• Dirt or Clay (Technique 7 first followed by Technique 2)
• Dry Mud (Technique 7 then Technique 2)
• Excrement
• Food Grease (Technique 1 first followed by Technique 2)
• Ice Cream
• Make Up (Technique 1 then Technique 2)
• Mayonnaise
• Milk
• Paint- Latex
• Vomit (Followed by Technique 5)
• White Glue
• Wine (Followed by Technique 5)

Technique 3:

Scrape or blot excess spill. Freeze with ice cubes. Shatter with blunt object. Vacuum chips before they melt.

This method can be used when dealing with:

• Chewing Gum (Followed by Technique 1)

Technique 4:

Apply nail polish remover (non-oily type). Pick up softened material – use clean white paper towel and push toward center of the spot to avoid spreading material. Repeat above until material is removed. Be careful and don’t hurry, this may spread the stain and/or damage the carpet more.

This method can be used when dealing with the following stains:

• Nail Polish
• Hobby Glue (Technique 1 then Technique 4)

Technique 5:

Apply detergent solution, leave 3-5 minutes. Blot. If stain is removed finish with a water rinse, blot, followed by weighted down paper towels. If stain is not removed, apply hydrogen peroxide, let stand 2 to 3 hours under a weighted down sheet of plastic wrap. Re-apply hydrogen peroxide and dry under plastic wrap until stain is completely removed. Apply water. Blot and finish with weighted down paper towels. After stain is removed apply white undiluted vineger.

This method is can be used when dealing with the following stains:

• Berries
• Blood
• Catsup
• Coffee
• Dyes
• Fruit Juice/Drinks
• Furniture Polish
• Marking Pen Ink (Technique 1 then Technique 5)
• Kool Aid
• Lemonade
• Methiolate
• Mixed Drinks
• Mustard
• Pet Food
• Shoe Polish (Technique 1 then Technique 5)
• Soft Drinks
• Tea
• Urine (Technique 6 then technique 5)
• Vomit (Technique 2 then Technique 5)
• Wine (Technique 2 then Technique 5)

Technique 6:

Scrape or blot excess spill. Apply detergent. Blot. Apply Ammonia. Blot. Apply water with towel. Blot. Finish with weighted down paper towels. Apply white undiluted vinegar after stain is removed.

Can be used when dealing with:

• Urine (Followed by Technique 5)

Technique 7:

Scrape off excess material. Cover with White cotton towel or brown paper. Apply warm iron on the cotton towel or brown paper until material is absorbed. Take care never to touch the iron to the carpet. Repeat until material is absorbed.

This method can be used when dealing with:

• Candle Wax (Followed by Technique 1)

Technique 8:

Vacuum as much as possible. Loosen material by tapping with a toothbrush. Do not scrub. Vacuum and then follow with Technique 2.

This method can be used when dealing with the following stains:

• Chalk
• Dirty or Clay (Follow with Technique 2)
• Dry Mud (Follow with Technique 2)

Technique 9:

Scrape off excess material. Lightly rub area with fresh slice of white bread. Follow with Technique 1.

This method can be used when dealing with:

• Lipstick (Follow with Technique 1)