Spot Removal Guide
- Commercial spotter (Carbona, Thoro, K2R, Energize) or volatile dry spotter. These solvents should be used sparingly as they can be harmful to some sizing, stuffing, and backing materials.
- Mixture of a teaspoon of mild, colorless detergent in one cup of lukewarm water. Mild dishwashing liquid is also a good choice.
- Sodium perborate (found in Clorox II and Snowy) or hydrogen peroxide. Chlorine bleach is NOT advisable.
- Ammonia solution – Mixture of 1 tbsp. of household ammonia and ½ cup of water.
- Generic paint, oil and grease remover that is available in most hardware stores. POG should always be used in very small amounts and with extreme caution.
Spot Removal Techniques:
Butter and Margarine
- Apply a dry cleaning solvent and blot. Next, apply the detergent solution and blot until the area is dry. Once dry, pour and blot the vinegar solution and then rinse with water and blot the area until dry.
Ketchup and Tomato Sauce
- Use cool detergent solution first and blot. Next, apply ammonia solution and enzyme detergent, blotting as one solution is added. If stain persists, bleach with sodium perborate or hydrogen peroxide and rinse thoroughly with water then blot dry.
- Apply detergent solution, vinegar solution, and enzyme detergent, blotting the affected spot dry in between. If stain persists, use bleach or rust remover (oxalic acid solution) on the stained spot.
- Apply detergent solution while blotting repeatedly then apply the vinegar solution and blot. Cover the area with dry towels until it dries.
- Apply detergent, vinegar, and ammonia solution, blotting the area dry in between each treatment. Use bleach with sodium perborate or hydrogen peroxide (3-5% concentration) as needed and rinse thoroughly. Blot the area until dry.
- Scrape off as much chocolate as possible with a spatula or a dull knife then apply your cool detergent solution, blot. One by one, apply your ammonia solution, vinegar solution, and enzyme detergent, blotting the area in between each solution. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and blot the area until dry.
Jam and Jelly
- Apply and blot detergent solution and vinegar solution and rinse with water. Once dry, apply enzyme detergent and blot the area dry before rinsing with water and blotting the spot dry for the last time.
- Scrape off as much wax as you can with a dull knife or spatula. Use dry cleaning solvent and POG and blot dry before re-applying dry cleaning solvent.
- Apply dry cleaning solvent and POG then blot dry before applying another dose of dry cleaning solvent. Once dry, use detergent solution and wait for the area to dry before rinsing with water and blotting the spot dry.
- Use dry cleaning solvent on the area and apply POG then blot the area dry. If the stain remains, use rust remover to get rid of the stain residue.
- Scrape away excess lipstick and apply POG, then blot the area dry. Once dry, apply dry cleaning solvent, detergent, ammonia, and vinegar solution, blotting the area dry in between solutions, before rinsing with water.
- Use dry cleaning solvent and amyl acetate or nail polish remover (use in inconspicuous area first). If stain persists, use detergent solution and blot the area dry. Apply ammonia solution and vinegar solution, blotting dry in between, and rinse with water.
- Apply dry cleaning solvent, POG, dry cleaning solution, detergent solution, and ammonia solution, blotting dry in between then rinse with water. If stain remains, professional stripping or bleaching may be required.
- Use cool detergent solution, cool ammonia solution, and enzyme detergent. Blot in between solutions and rinse thoroughly with water. Use rust remover if stain remains or bleach with 3 to 5% hydrogen peroxide.
- Dry the area and apply your detergent solution, ammonia solution and vinegar solution. Don’t forget to blot dry in between. Rinse with water and blot the area until dry. Use rust remover or bleach with hydrogen peroxide if stain remains.
- Blot the area as much as you can before applying enzyme detergent, ammonia and vinegar solution. Rinse with water and blot until dry.
All of the above technics and advice are all at your own risk. and a small hidden area should be done first to check for color fast or damage .