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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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Remove Fingernail Polish by following these steps:

  1. Sponge with Drycleaning Solvent.
  2. Sponge with Dry Spotter.
  3. Keep stain moist and blot occasionally with Absorbent Material.
  4. Continue as long as stain is being removed.
  5. Flush with Drycleaning Solvent.
  6. Repeat above steps untill no more stain is removed.
  7. Allow to dry completely.
  8. Apply Amyl Acetate to stain and cover with Absorbent Material dampened with Amyl Acetate.
  9. For 15 minutes,
  10. Keep stain moist and blot occasionally with Absorbent Material.
  11. Sponge.
  12. When not working on stain, cover with an inverted bowl to minimize evaporation.
  13. Flush with Drycleaning Solvent.
Sponge

Be sure to test sponges on the stain removers you will be using to be sure they can withstaand the chemicals.

Drycleaning Solvent

  • Dry cleaning solvent is sold at variety stores, hardware stores, grocery stores.
  • Observe all precautions on the label.


Dry Spotter

  • To prepare dry spotter, mix one part coconut oil and 8 parts drycleaning solvent.
  • To store, cap container well to prevent evaporation.
  • Mineral oil may be substiture for coconut oil in the same proportion.
  • Observe all precautions on labels.


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.

Amyl Acetate

  • Amyl acetate, or banana oil, is sold in drug stores.
  • Ask for chemically pure amyl acetate.
  • Fingernail polish remover may be substituted if amyl acetate cannot be obtained.
  • Do not use oily type polish remover.
  • Do not allow amyl acetate to coe in contact with plastic or finished furniture.
  • Observe all precautions on the label.



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