Apparel/Fabrics

  1. Following directions on the label, dampen stain with a commercial pre-wash spot and stain remover. Rub heavy-duty liquid detergent on the stain. Launder using warm to hot water, detergent and bleach, if safe for fabric.
  2. Pre-treat by soaking or pre-washing in warm water using a laundry detergent containing enzymes. If oil stain remains, treat with a commercial cleaner' or waterless hand cleaner. Rinse. Apply heavy-duty detergent to stain. Launder using hot water and bleach, if safe for fabric.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene, methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, Goof Off, M-1 Remover, Goo Gone, K2r.

These products can be found at hardware stores, discount department stores, and grocery stores.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always read your care label before trying any stain removal method. Do not use any products or procedures prohibited by the care label.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out or reach or children.
  • When using caustic or commercial cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.

Carpet

Blended Fibers, Jute, Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers, Wool

  1. Dampen a clean white cloth with a commercial dry-cleaning solvent. Apply the solvent-damp cloth on the stain and stand on the cloth for a moment or so to put the chemical into firm contact with the stain. This will allow the vapors of the solvent to dissolve the spot. (Do not apply the solvent directly on the carpet as it can dissolve the carpet backing.) Remove the cloth. If any of the stain has transferred to it, place anothef side of the doth on· the spot and blot again by hand. Repeat, rotating the cloth to a clean surface as long as stain is being picked up. 
  2. If any stain remains, dry spray it with a commercial multi-purpose cleaner or laundry prewash. Sponge with clear water to rinse. Blot with a clean, white cloth.

Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-l Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc. 

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate venti lation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning sol utions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of productslcans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children.
  • Overwetting with water may cause the finish on the upholstery fabric to migrate and thus leave a circle in the treated area.

Hard Surface Floors

Brick, Concrete, Stone/masonry (Except Marble), Tile

Sponge or gently scrape up excess soil. Wash with a solution of Washing (sal) Soda or detergent and water. Never use soap. Scrub surface using a gentle brush or cloth. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and allow to dry.

Marble

  1. Sponge or carefully scrape up excess soil, using a dull spoon or the edge of a plastic credit card. Wipe with a clean cloth dipped in a solution of Washing (sal) Soda or detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
  2. If any stain remains, mix a few drops of ammonia with 1 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Make a blotter from an absorbent cloth or paper towels. Soak the blotter with the solution and place over the stain. Weight the blotter down with a heavy object. Continue applying the solution to the blotter until the oily stain has been drawn out and any remaining stain bleached out.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always use rubber gloves when working with hydrogen peroxide.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used.
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of chiIdren.

Wood (Oiled, Stained, Varnished, Waxed)

Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stained area. Rinse with a clean cloth dampened with clear water. Polish or wax as usual.

CAUTION: 

Never let water or moisture stand on the surface of wood. Work carefully, but quickly.

Wood (Painted, Polyurethaned)

Sponge or gently scrape to remove excess spill or stain. Wipe the stained surface with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

Furniture

Aluminum, Bamboo, Cane, Fiberglass, Lucite, Melamine, Plastic, Rattan, Vinyl, Wicker

Sponge or gently scrape to remove excess spill or stain. Wipe the stained surface with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

Marble

  1. Sponge or carefully scrape up excess soil, using a dull spoon or the edge of a plastic credit card. Wipe with a clean cloth dipped in a solution of detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
  2. If any stain remains, mix a few drops of ammonia with 1 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Make a blotter from absorbent cloth or paper towels. Soak the blotter with the solution and place over the stain. Weight the blotter down with a heavy object. Continue applying the solution to the blotter until the oily stain has beef> drawn out and any·remaining stain bleached out. 

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • Be careful any time a commercial product or combination of cleaning supplies are used. 
  • Be sure to store and dispose of products/cans/containers as recommended. Keep out of reach of children.

Wood

Mix dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foam and apply to the stained area. Rinse with a clean cloth dampened with clear water. Polish or wax as usual.

CAUTION: 

Never let water or moisture stand on the surface of wood. Work carefully, but quickly.

Upholstered Furniture

Blended Fibers, Fiberglass, Natural Fibers, Synthetic Fibers

  1. Blot or scrape up as much of the excess as possible without driving the stain further into the fibers. Chocolate is a combination stain. Treat the greasy stain first. Dampen a clean white cloth with a commercial dry-cleaning solvent. * Apply the solvent damp cloth to the stain. Remove the cloth. If any of the stain has transferred to it, place another side of the cloth on the stain and blot again. Repeat, rotating the cloth to a clean surface as long as stain is being picked up.
  2. If stain remains, mix 1 teaspoon of a neutral detergent (a mild detergent containing no alkalies ( bleaches) with a cup of lukewarm water. Dip a clean absorbent cloth into the solutions and blot the stain. 3. Spray the stain lightly with a laundry pre-soak product. Cover the stain with an absorbent pad slightly dampened with the pre-soak solu!ion. Let it remain for 10-15 minutes. Sponge with clear water. Blot thoroughly and allow to dry quickly.

* Look for products containing petroleum distillates or hydrocarbon such as trichloroethane, xylene methylenechloride, methane, benzene and/or naphtha. These chemicals may be found in such spot removers and cleaners as Guardsman's Afta, Dap Cleaner and Thinner, GOOF OFF, M-.1 Remover, Goo Gone, K2r, etc.

CAUTIONS: 

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation. Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.
  • When using solvent-based cleaners on carpet or upholstery, be careful not to overwet the carpet or the fabric. Solvents can destroy the carpet backing and foam padding used in upholstery.
  • Overwetting with water may cause the finish on the upholstery fabric to migrate and thus leave a circle in the treated area.

Walls And Ceilings

Dry Wawgypsum Board (Painted), Plaster (Painted), Paper (Plastic Coated, Vinylfabric Backed, Paper Backed, Solid), Wood (Painted, Stained, Plastic Coated)

Sponge or gently scrape to remove excess spill or stain. Wipe the stained surface with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

Wood, Paneling

Mix, dishwashing detergent in hot water and swish to make a great volume of suds. Dip a cloth in only the foa~ and apply to the stained area. Rinse with a clean cloth dampened with clear water. Polish or wax as usual.

CAUTION: 

Never let water or moisture stand on the surface of wood. Work carefully, but quickly.

Other/interior:

Acrylic Plastic, Ceramic Glass, Corelle, Enamel, Mylar, Plastic

Sponge or gently scrape to remove excess spill or stain. Wipe the stained surface with a cloth dipped in warm sudsy water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

Alabaster

  1. Sponge or carefully scrape excess soil using a dull spoon or the edge of a plastic credit care. Wipe with a clean cloth dipped in a solution of detergent and water. Rinse well and wipe dry.
  2. If any stain remains, mix a few drops of ammonia with 1 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Make a blotter from absorbent cloth or paper towels. Soak the blotter with the solution and place over the stain. Weight the blotter down with a heavy object. Continue applying the solution to the blotter until the oily stain has been drawn out and any remaining stain bleached out.

CAUTIONS:

  • Always pretest each cleaning agent on an inconspicuous area first to determine colorfastness.
  • When using caustic, toxic, aromatic or flammable cleaning solutions, be certain to provide for adequate ventilation.
  • Do not have an open flame near flammable cleaning solutions. Wear rubber gloves.

Grout

  1. Wipe excess with a cloth or sponge dipped in warm sudsy water. If any stain remains, dip a wet toothbrush into baking soda or powdered cleanser and gently scrub the spot. Rinse well and wipe dry.
  2. A commercial tile and grout cleaner can be purchased at a grocery or hardware store.