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STAIN REMOVAL TIPS
BEER
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Beer Stains

  1. Apply a mild detergent and clean water solution to the affected area. (1 tsp to 1 litre of water)
  2. Blot dry with a colourfast cloth such as a nappy or old towel.
  3. Continue until the stain is removed, rinse with clean water and blot dry as above.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove beer stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

Be sure to read our general stain removal advice before proceeding.

BLACK SAUCE
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Black Sauce

  1. Rinse the affected area with a detergent/water solution (1tspn: 1-litre warm water) blot dry.
  2. Continue with this method until the stain is gone or not responding and rinse with clean water.
  3. Blot dry with a colourfast cloth such as an old nappy or towel.
  4. If stain remains treat with an ammonia/water solution. (1 part ammonia: 15 parts water.)
  5. Rinse with clean water and blot dry.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove black sauce stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

Be sure to read our general stain removal advice before proceeding.

BLOOD
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Blood Stains

  1. Rinse the affected area with a mild detergent solution (mixed with cold water. 1 tsp per litre)).
  2. Blot dry with a colourfast towel and repeat steps 1 & 2 whilst effective.
  3. If stain persists rinse with a cloudy ammonia/water solution. (1part to 15 parts water)
  4. Allow the area to dry naturally.
  5. This method will be effective for minor blood spills. For large spills see below.

Further Treatment

Blood is a heavy liquid and can pool in the pile. In these instances, you will need extraction to avoid the stain continually resurfacing. Even with extraction, the stain can resurface several times if enough blood has made its way to the backing and or underlay. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

Be sure to read our general stain removal advice before proceeding.

CHOCOLATE
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Chocolate Stains

  1. Scrape excess with a spoon or blot up with hot water and a good cloth or sponge if scraping not possible.
  2. Apply dishwashing solution (1 tsp: 1 litre of warm water) to the affected area.
  3. Blot dry with a colourfast towel.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the stain is gone or not responding.
  5. Rinse with clean warm water.
  6. Blot dry.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove chocolate stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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COFFEE
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Difficulty: Medium

Tips on Removing Coffee Stains

  1. If fresh, dilute with water and soak up with a colourfast towel. Repeat as long as effective.
  2. Treating when fresh will avoid the tannin from setting making the stain much harder to remove.
  3. If the stain has dried, apply ammonia solution (1 part cloudy ammonia: 15 parts water) to the affected area.
  4. Soak up and treat with a white vinegar solution (1 part white vinegar: 1 part water) and soak up.
  5. Repeat both steps as long as there is an improvement.
  6. Rinse with clean water and blot dry with a colourfast towel.

Further Treatment

Once set coffee and in particular, the tannin can be difficult to remove with just cleaning. Stain Busters have developed products that remove coffee stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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CORDIAL
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Difficulty: Hard

Tips on Removing Cordial Stains

  1. Dilute the cordial by pouring cold water on the affected area. Be careful not to spread the stain.
  2. Soak up and repeat as necessary.
  3. This method will likely only be effective if the stain is attended to instantly.

Further Treatment

Unfortunately if the food colour in the cordial is allowed to set, you will need a stain specialist. A cordial stain once set WILL NOT wash out contrary to what some carpet cleaners will tell you. Call us or at least make sure your carpet cleaner has a specific process for food colour removal. This is very important advise and will help to make sure you don’t pay for a service that will not work. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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CRAYONS
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Difficulty: Hard

Tips on Removing Crayon Stains

  1. Apply methylated spirits or dry cleaning fluid to the affected area.
  2. Soak up and repeat so long as there is an improvement.
  3. May only be effective while fresh.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove crayon stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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DYE
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Difficulty: Extremely Hard

Tips on Removing Dye Stains

  1. Apply dry cleaning fluid to the affected area.
  2. Rinse the fluid out and repeat as necessary.
  3. This method will likely only be effective if the dye has not been allowed to dry.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that are effective on most dye stains. Even with several different products and procedures, some dye stains are permanent even for us. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

Be sure to read our general stain removal advice before proceeding.

FANTA

Difficulty: Extremely Hard

Tips on Removing Fanta Stains

  1. If fresh dilute the affected area with cold water.
  2. Soak up with a colourfast towel and repeat as long as there is an improvement.
  3. If stain persists apply a detergent/water solution(1 tsp detergent: 1 litre of warm water) and blots dry.
  4. Repeat for as long as there is an improvement.
  5. If stain persists apply an ammonia/water solution (1 part Cloudy Ammonia: 15 parts cold water) and blots dry.
  6. Repeat for as long as there is an improvement.
  7. If the stain persists or has set you will need professional help.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove fanta stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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FATTY FOODS
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Fat Stains

  1. Soak fat up with hot water and a good cloth sponge.
  2. Apply dishwashing solution to the affected area. (1 tsp: 1 ltr of warm water)
  3. Blot dry with a colourfast towel.
  4. Repeat steps 2 & 3 until the stain is gone.
  5. Rinse with clean warm water.
  6. Blot dry with a colour fast towel.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have many effective products to remove fat stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians can help you if you are unable to achieve a good result. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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GREASE OR OIL
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Fat Stains

  1. Apply dish washing solution to the affected area. ( 1 tsp: 1 ltr of warm water)
  2. Blot dry with a colour fast towel. Repeat 1 and 2 until the stain is gone.
  3. Rinse with clean warm water.
  4. Blot dry with a colourfast towel.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have several products effective on grease and oil stains. The above home remedy may not be effective on heavy grease or oil spills. If you are unable to get a satisfactory result or the stain keeps resurfacing you will need a professional with good extraction equipment and a range of stronger products. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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INK

Difficulty: Extremely Hard

Tips on Removing Ink Stains

  1. A fresh water-soluble ink stain may respond to washing out with dishwashing solution. (1 tsp: 1 ltr of warm water)
  2. If not responding, apply methylated spirits to the affected area.
  3. Blot dry with a colourfast towel and repeat while effective.
  4. You can try eucalyptus oil or dry cleaning fluid as well. Different inks respond to different cleaning agents.

Further Treatment

Ink is a tough stain to remove when dry. Stain Busters have developed products that can remove or improve ink stains on carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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IODINE
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Difficulty: Extremely Hard

Tips on Removing Gentian Violet Mercurochrome Iodine Stains

  1. Call Stain Busters. See further treatments below for more information.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove iodine stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Iodine is unlikely to respond to any house hold cleaners and you run the risk of spreading the stain Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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JAM OR JELLY
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Jam or Jelly Stains

  1. Scrape up the excess.
  2. Apply dishwashing solution (1 tsp: 1-litre warm water) to the affected area.
  3. Blot dry with a colourfast towel and repeat if necessary.
  4. Rinse with clean warm water and blot dry with a colourfast towel.

Further Treatment

You shouldn’t require any further treatment but if you are left with a stain after removing the bulk of the jam or jelly you may have a food colour stain which will require expert attention Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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LIPSTICK

Difficulty: Hard

Tips on Removing Lipstick Stains

  1. Lipstick contains wax, oils, fats, emollients (structured products) and a pigment. (Colour)
  2. It is important to remove the structure products and the pigment to avoid leaving a permanent dye stain.
  3. apply a solvent such as methylated spirits or dry cleaning fluid.
  4. Blot with a colourfast towel and repeat as long as there is an improvement.
  5. Cease treatment if you are not removing the pigment and call a professional. See note below.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters has a product that removes lipstick stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. It works by removing the structure products and extracting the pigment at the same time. If you have removed the structure products and left the pigment it will be a more difficult and more expensive problem to fix. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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MAKE UP
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Difficulty: Varies

Tips on Removing Foundation Stains

  1. Apply oil free make up remover or dry cleaning fluid.
  2. Dab on Blot out with a colourfast towel.
  3. Repeat until stain is gone or not responding.
  4. May only be successful whilst the stain is fresh.

Further Treatment

We have several products to remove foundation and other makeup stains. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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NAIL POLISH
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Difficulty: Hard

Tips on Removing Nail Polish Stains

  1. Apply nail polish remover to the affected area.
  2. Rinse out and repeat while effective.

Further Treatment

For large spills, you may need to call in a professional. It is important to remove the whole stain. Our process returns the varnish back to a liquid and fully extracts it and the pigment. Without extraction, it is possible to remove the varnish and leave some of the pigment. This will create a much harder stain to remove even for us!. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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PAINT
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Difficulty: Medium to Hard

Tips on Removing Oil or Water Based Paint Stains

  1. For fresh spills, scoop excess and dilute with water (water-based paint) or turpentine (oil based)
  2. Blot out and repeat while effective.
  3. Soak up and reapply until the paint is all gone. Note that too much turpentine will damage the carpet backing.
  4. If the paint is dry, apply turps or methylated spirits to the affected area.
  5. Soak up and repeat so long as there is an improvement.

Further Treatment

If you have the choice do not let the paint dry. Many clients have rung suggesting it will be easy for us to remove because it is water-based. However, once it is dry it is no longer water soluble if you are in any doubt think about that paint brush you forgot to clean. We have products that deal with most paint spills even if they have dried. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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POT PLANT
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Difficulty: Easy to Hard

Tips on Removing Pot Plant Stains

  1. Apply a white vinegar solution to the affected area. (mix equal parts water and white vinegar)
  2. Soak up and repeat so long as there is an improvement.
  3. If it is an old stain mould may have already begun to decay the carpet.

Further Treatment

If your pot plant stain does not respond to the above home remedy we may still be able to help. Sometimes these stains are caused by a chemical reaction with the cellulose material in the carpet fibres and or backing. These can be very stubborn but we can usually remove these for you Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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RED WINE
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Difficulty: Easy to Hard

Tips on Removing Pot Plant Stains

  1. Apply a white vinegar solution to the affected area. (mix equal parts water and white vinegar)
  2. Soak up and repeat so long as there is an improvement.
  3. If it is an old stain mould may have already begun to decay the carpet.

Further Treatment

If your pot plant stain does not respond to the above home remedy we may still be able to help. Sometimes these stains are caused by a chemical reaction with the cellulose material in the carpet fibres and or backing. These can be very stubborn but we can usually remove these for you Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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RUST
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Difficulty: Extremely Hard

Tips on Removing Rust Stains

  1. Apply lemon juice to the affected area.
  2. Soak up and repeat as long as there is an improvement.
  3. Will only be effective on fresh rust marks.

Further Treatment

If you have a stubborn rust stain you will need a professional. Part of an effective stubborn rust treatment requires the use of a solvent that will need to be applied carefully, extracted and rinsed. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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SHOE POLISH

Difficulty: Medium

Tips on Removing Shoe Polish Stains

  1. Apply methylated spirits or dry cleaning fluid to the affected area.
  2. Soak up and repeat so long as there is an improvement.
  3. Some of the new liquid brush on polishes can be more difficult to remove. Try step 1 and 2 on these stains making sure you work from the outside back in toward the centre to avoid spreading.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove shoe polish stains from carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians remove stains just like these every day. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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SOFT DRINK
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Difficulty: Medium

Tips on Removing Soft Drink Stains

  1. For fresh spills dilute the area with cold water and blot dry with a colourfast towel.
  2. Repeat step one with warm water and detergent solution. (1 tsp: 1 ltr of Water) and blot dry.
  3. Repeat steps two as long as there is an improvement.
  4. If a stain remains treat with ammonia/water solution (1:15) and rinse with vinegar/water solution (1:1)
  5. If stain remains or has set you will need some expert help. Food colour once set will not respond to these home remedies.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have a specialised process to remove soft drink stains even when it has set. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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SOUP

Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Soup Stains

  1. Apply detergent/water solution (1tspn: 1 ltr water) to the affected area.
  2. Rinse out with clean water, blot dry with a colourfast towel and repeat while effective.
  3. This should be all you need to do unless soup has food colour additives which have set.

Further Treatment

Stain Busters have developed products that remove soup stains including those with food colour. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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TEA
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Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Tea Stains

  1. For a fresh spill dilute stain with cold water and blot dry with a colourfast towel.
  2. Repeat step 1 for as long as you are getting a positive result.
  3. If required apply a detergent/water solution (1tspn: 1 ltr of warm water) and blot dry and repeat as necessary.
  4. If a stain remains, apply ammonia/water solution (1:15) and neutralise with a water-vinegar solution (1:1).
  5. repeat step 4 until the stain is gone or not responding. Rinse with clean water and blot dry.
  6. Any remaining stain is most likely a tannin stain and you will probably need our help to fix this especially if it hasn’t responded to the ammonia/vinegar treatment.

Further Treatment

Call us if your stain fails to respond to the above procedure, we have a special product effective on most organic stains including the tannins found in tea coffee and red wine. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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TOMATO SAUCE

Difficulty: Easy

Tips on Removing Tomato Sauce Stains

  1. Rinse the affected area with dishwashing solution (1 tsp: 1litre cold water) and blot dry with a colourfast towel.
  2. Repeats for as long as you are getting a positive result.
  3. If stain persists, apply an ammonia solution (1 part cloudy ammonia: 15 parts cold water) and rinse.
  4. Apply a white vinegar solution (1:1 cold water) rinse and blot dry.
  5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 as long as there is an improvement.
  6. Rinse with cold water and blot dry with a colourfast towel.

Further Treatment

If you have followed the steps above the stain should be gone, if you are left with a residual stain you will need some expert help Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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URINE
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Difficulty: Hard

Tips on Removing Urine Stains

  1. If fresh apply water to dilute stain and blot dry with a colourfast towel
  2. Apply detergent /water solutions (1 tsp: 1-litre warm water) and blot dry
  3. Repeat until spill has been removed and rinse the area with clean water and blot dry.
  4. If stain persists or already dry, apply ammonia/water solution (1 part cloudy ammonia: 15 parts cold water).
  5. Soak up and treat with a white vinegar/water solution (1:1 cold water). Blot dry.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as long as there is an improvement.
  7. Note: This is unlikely to fix an odour. For stubborn stains and or odours call Stain Busters.

Further Treatment

A dry urine stain is a stubborn stain and washing will rarely work once the microscopic urine crystals have attached to the carpet fibres. If you have a stubborn urine stain or a persistent odour Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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VOMIT
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Difficulty: Medium

Tips on Removing Vomit Stains

  1. Scrape up the excess.
  2. Apply detergent/water solution (1tspn: 1-litre warm water) to the affected area.
  3. Blot with a colourfast towel and repeat step 2 and 3 for as long as there is an improvement.
  4. Rinse with warm water and blot dry.
  5. If stain persists apply dry cleaning fluid and blot dry.

Further Treatment

If your stain does not respond to the above treatment, you may have the added problem of food colour and or chemical burn to the fibres. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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TIMBER
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Difficulty: The Worst

Advice

Prevention is the key. Put plastic or some other safe material under wooden legs (such as tables and bookshelves). Once this stain is present there is very little you can do other than call Stain Busters.

Treatment

Stain Busters have products that can improve some wood stains on carpets, rugs, lounges and other upholstery. Our certified technicians deal with stains just like these every day. These are particularly difficult stains to remove and in some instances it is not possible to remove them without removing carpet colour as well. Contact us to learn more.

Warning

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