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Stain Removal Guide

If you have arrived at this page, it is intended for the First Ever Interactive Stain Removal Guide.

Select the stain from the drop box below.  Then select "Remove This Stain!"

Suggested stain treatment:  1 Treat a stain promptly.  2 Scoop off excess soiling. 3 Work only with the pile direction.  4 Work toward the center of a stain. 5 Flush any applied treatment thoroughly.  For additional information, click here.

This stain removal guide applies only to wool pile carpets.  For silk rugs, and rugs other than wool, seek professional help.  By using this tool you are accepting all responsibility for subsequent damages which may occur from actual use.  RugRag will not be held liable for any damage which may develop.  Proceed at your own risk.

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Select a stain type from the list

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Remove Body Discharge by following these steps:

  1. Soak in Detergent & Ammonia Solution.
  2. For 15 minutes,
  3. Keep stain moist and blot occasionally with Absorbent Material.
  4. Continue as long as stain is being removed.
  5. Soak another 15 minutes in Detergent & Ammonia Solution.
  6. Flush with water to remove all Ammonia.
  7. Soak in Enzyme Solution for 30 minutes.
  8. Wash area.
  9. Repeat above two steps.
Detergent & Ammonia Solution

Make the detergent & ammonia solution by mixing:
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon detergent
  • and 1 tablespoon ammonia

Absorbent Material

Good absorbent materials include
  • cotton
  • white paper towels
  • white facial towels
  • white cotton cloths
Be sure to test sponges on the stain removers you will be using to be sure they can withstaand the chemicals.


  • Use household ammonia diluted 1:1 with water.
  • Do not use ammonia with colors or fragrances.
  • Ammonia changes the color of some dyes.
  • To restore color, rinse thoroughly with water and apply a few drops of white vinegar.
  • Rinse well with water again.
  • Observe all precautions on the label.

Enzyme Solution

  • Mix one quart warm water with 1 tablespoon enzyme presoak.
  • Enzyme becomes inactive if stored in solution.

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