Spot & Spill Guide


Quick Guide: click on the letter that corresponds with your spot or spill

  • Beer, Liquor B
  • Blood C
  • Butter C
  • Candy A or E
  • Chewing Gum F
  • Chocolate C or E
  • Coffee B
  • Cough Syrup B or E
  • Crayon F or G
  • Egg C
  • Feces D
  • Food Coloring E
  • Fruit Juice B
  • Furniture Polish A or E
  • Furniture Polish with Stain E
  • Glue, Model Cement E or F
  • Glue, White E or F
  • Gravy C
  • Grease A or E
  • Hair Spray A or E
  • Hand Lotion C
  • Ice CreamC
  • Ink, Ballpoint E
  • Ink, Marking Pen E
  • Ketchup A or E
  • Kool-Aid® B or E
  • Lipstick C or E
  • Makeup C or E
  • Mascara E or F
  • Mayonnaise C
  • Milk B
  • Oil, Cooking B
  • Oil, Furniture B
  • Paint, Latex Based C or E
  • Paint, Oil Based C or E
  • Paint, Water Based C or E
  • Rust A
  • Salad Dressing B or E
  • Shoe Polish, Liquid B or E
  • Shoe Polish, Paste B or E
  • Soft Drinks B
  • Syrup, Honey C
  • Tar CE or F
  • Tea B or E
  • Tomato Sauce B or E
  • Urine D
  • Vomit D
  • Wax, Candle G
  • Wine, White B
  • Wine, Red B or E

A Basic Spot Cleaning Technique for Dry Spots

  • shake host on spot
  • brushing spot
  • vacuum spot
  • 1. Shake HOST® Dry Carpet Cleaner onto spot, spill or dirty traffic area until covered.
  • 2. Brush HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner through the carpet in all directions: north & south, then east & west.
  • 3. Vacuum. Wait until HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner is completely dry (about an hour) and then simply vacuum.

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B Basic Spot Cleaning Technique for Wet Spills

  • blot wet spill
  • shake host on spot
  • brushing spot
  • Blot up any excess moisture by pressing firmly with clean, white paper or cloth towels, working from the outside of the spill inward to avoid spreading. Continue blotting until no more moisture ransfers to the towel.
  • Shake HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner onto the spill until covered.
  • Brush HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner through the carpet in all directions: north & south, then east & west.
  • packing host
  • vacuum spot
  • After brushing, pack the area with another handful of HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner.
  • Wait until the area is completely dry. For wet spills, this may take overnight. HOST Dry Carpet Cleaner will lighten to a pale gold color as it dries. Then vacuum thoroughly

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C Thick Spots (food spills, blood, etc.)

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D Pet Accidents

Urine:

  • Blot up as much of the spot as possible by pressing firmly with clean, white paper or cloth towels, working from the outside of the spot inward to avoid spreading.
  • To neutralize odor, mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1/4 cup of water. Alternately dab a towel dampened in the solution and blot with a dry towel.
  • Then follow procedures in B Basic Spot Cleaning Technique For Wet Spills.

Feces or Vomit

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E Stubborn Spots

If traces of a spot or spill remain after following the Basic Spot Cleaning Technique, use HOST Spot Remover.* Do not pour HOST Spot Remover directly onto the carpet.

blot wet spill

  • First, test for color fastness.Apply a small amount of HOST Spot Remover to a clean, white towel and blot on the carpet in an inconspicuous area. If no color transfers, proceed.
  • Apply a small amount of HOST Spot Remover to a clean, white towel.
  • Blot area, working from the outside of the spot inward to avoid spreading.
  • Then repeat A Basic Spot Cleaning Technique For Dry Spots.

*HOST Spot Remover or other liquids (unless specified) are not recommended for use on natural fiber carpet and rugs.

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F Hardened Spots

  • Scrape up any excess.
  • Apply a small amount of HOST Spot Remover to a clean, white towel and blot area, working from the outside of the spot inward to avoid spreading.
  • Allow HOST Spot Remover to sit on spot for 2-3 minutes.
  • Again, scrape up any excess.
  • If traces of spot remain, repeat application of HOST Spot Remover.
  • Then follow procedures in A Basic Spot Cleaning Technique For Dry Spots.

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G Removing Wax

  • Scrape up as much wax as possible.
  • Place several layers of white paper towels or brown paper bags over the wax spill.
  • With a warm (not hot) iron, slowly iron over area. Use caution. Wax will transfer to paper.
  • Continue absorbing wax with clean areas of the paper.
  • Then follow procedures in A Basic Spot Cleaning Technique For Dry Spots.

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