TACKLING SOME COMMON CARPET STAINS
– For tar, grease, chewing gum and wax, remove as much as possible by gently scraping with a dull knife, then treat the stain with dry cleaning fluid. For chewing gum, try applying ice cubes in a plastic bag to harden the gum before scraping. Cigarette burns: patching is necessary for complete repair, but you can mask the damage. Snip off the fibre ends, then blot the area with a solution of one teaspoon detergent and one teaspoon vinegar in a quart of warm water. Lipstick: gently blot with dry cleaning solution then rinse with a solution of one teaspoon ammonia in a cup of water. Animal stains or fruit juices: if the stain is still wet try repeatedly sponging with lukewarm water. The blot dry and treat with a solution of one teaspoon detergent and one teaspoon vinegar in a quart pf warm water. After waiting 15 minutes, blot again and sponge with clean water.