Spot and Spill Removal Tips

Spot Removal Tips


One of the most crucial areas of carpet maintenance is the removal of spots and spills. Acting quickly is the key to success when anything is dropped or spilled and always having the necessary cleaning materials at hand is of the utmost importance. Follow our spot & spill removal guidelines by scrolling to:


DETERGENT SOLUTION : Mix one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid (containing no bleaches or strong alkalis) and one teaspoon of white vinegar with 500ml of warm water (not hot). This solution must be rinsed well with clear water.

LAUNDRY DETERGENT : One teaspoon in 250ml of warm water

AMMONIA SOLUTION : Mix one tablespoon of clear household ammonia with 100ml of water. Once stain is removed the carpet must be neutralized with the vinegar solution. Apply, blot and rinse. Wool and treated nylon carpet (ie, Stainmaster, Scotchgard etc) are adversely affected by ammonia. Substitute with No. 2 on chart.

VINEGAR SOLUTION : Mix 100ml of white vinegar with 200ml of water.

SOLVENT : A dry cleaning solvent such as Murlex (available at small grocery or hardware stores) or white spirit. Use on dry carpet only.

Type of Treatment:
1. Cold Water

2. Detergent Solution

3. Laundry Detergent

4. Solvent (only on dry carpet)

5. Chill with aerosol freezing or ice cubes in plastic bag

6. Vinegar Solution

7. Warm Water

8. Clear nail polish remover (no lanolin)

9. Alcohol (eg. Isocol)

10. Rust remover

11. Vacuum

12. Mineral Turpentine

13. Ammonia Solution

14. Clear household disinfectant

15. Baking Soda, scoop up 7 vacuum


spot stain steps

spot stain steps

Spot and Stain Removal Step 1

DO NOT SCRUB OR RUB as it can cause permanent pile distortion………Scoop up solids before cleaning.

Spot and Stain Removal Step 2

Blot up as much liquid as possible using a clean white towelling cloth (nappy / face washer) or white paper towel.

Spot and Stain Removal Step 3

CLEAN. Refer to the spot removal chart (above). Apply spot removal agent/s to  clean white towel. Do not apply directly to the carpet.

Spot and Stain Removal Step 4

RINSE with cold or lukewarm water only. WARNING: Do not saturate.

Spot and Stain Removal Step 5

BLOT dry with absorbent material such as white paper toweling or use a cool fan to complete drying.


The most important maintenance step is proper vacuuming. Regular & thorough vacuuming at least once a week and more often in heavy traffic areas will remove soil & dirt particles before they become embedded in the pile of the carpet. Remember you cannot over-vacuum & vacuuming should begin the day the carpet is installed. Frequent vacuuming is a carpet’s best friend.

This Spotting Chart was made available by The Australian Carpet Cleaning Institute.