Cleaning is generally not the first thing on your wish list of things to do this Summer. But sometimes things happen that require immediate attention. If ignored or delayed, most small problems grow into much larger issues. So for the Do-It-Yourselfers out there, I’d like to share a few tips with you on how to spot clean some really nasty and stubborn stains: oil, mildew, acid, rust and tar.
Start with the Right Tools
If you’re the DIY type, you’ll definitely want to make sure you have this Basic Spot Removal Kit handy. They’re good things to have around the house anyway – just don’t forget about the carpet cleaning power they have as well.
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Down & Dirty
Whether you’ve tracked motor oil into the house after working on your car or just discovered a tricky rust spot, these quick tips will help you clean up that stubborn mess and get your carpet looking good again.
- Acid – Apply a solution of baking soda and water until the acid has been neutralized. Then apply ammonia solution and rinse with cold water.
- Mildew – Dry-brush to remove as much of the mildew as possible. Sponge the area with a disinfectant solution. Blot, then sponge with ammonia. Rinse. Bleach with hydrogen peroxide.
- Oil – Apply dry cleaning solvent. Work to the center to avoid a ring. Blot. Apply light detergent solution. Rinse, then blot.
- Rust – Rub with steel wool or rust remover. If you use professional rust remover, be careful not to get any on your skin. Don’t apply it to glass, porcelain, or enamel surfaces. Rinse, then blot dry.
- Tar – Scrape up all the tar you can, then remove the residue by blotting with paint thinner or dry cleaning solvent. Blot with detergent solution. Rinse, then blot dry.
Hopefully you won’t have to spend any of your Summer days cleaning up messes like this, but now you’re prepared – just in case. Feel free to save this article for future reference. Share it with your friends so they’ll be ready as well. And if things get too messy, remember that we’re always here to help.