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The following table is a step-by-step guide to treating common spills and stains in synthetic fibre carpets.

Order of treatment
Stain Type Step 1  Step 2  Step 3   Step 4
Blood 1 2 9  
Chewing Gum 3 2 9  
Coffee 2 7 2 9
Faeces 2  
Nail Polish 4      
Paint (latex)  
Urine (fresh)  
Urine (old)    
Wine (white)  

Cleansing agent/treatment

    1. Cold water

    2. 1 teaspoon mild laundry detergent in 1 litre of warm water

    3. Chill with aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Pick or scrape off gum

    4. Clear nail polish remover without lanolin

    5. Rust remover (to be applied by a professional carpet cleaner)

    6. Clear household disinfectant

    7. Undiluted white vinegar

    8. Vacuum immediately. If any residue remains call a professional carpet cleaner

    9. Rinse with warm water

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