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Mastering Stain Removal: A Comprehensive Guide by Elite Maintenance Services

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Don’t Let Stains Steal Your Joy: A Guide to Carpet and Upholstery Rescue: A Carpet Cleaning

Concerned about those stubborn stains on your carpet and upholstery? We’ve all been there—the sudden panic when an accidental spill occurs. Whether it’s a red wine stain from a lively dinner party or unexpected paw prints from our furry friends, accidents happen, and they can be a cause for worry. But fear not! Elite Maintenance Services, with over 35 years of expertise in carpet and upholstery stain treatment, is here to alleviate your concerns and prepare you for future mishaps. Since we value you and believe in sharing valuable information, we will provide a glimpse into how we remove the stains in Elite way. In this blog, we’ll not only address the immediate panic but guide you through a comprehensive strategy for handling various carpet emergencies, turning you into an emergency carpet care pro.

Understanding The Factors Influencing Stain Removal: A Stain from Red Wine and Paw Prints Stains

Successfully removing stains from various surfaces requires a nuanced understanding of the underlying factors that contribute to the staining process. The effectiveness of stain removal is influenced by a combination of elements, each playing a crucial role in determining the outcome. Here’s a detailed exploration of the key factors:

  • The nature of the stain

Different stains have distinct chemical compositions and properties. Understanding the nature of the stain is essential for selecting the appropriate cleaning agents and techniques. For example, protein-based stains like blood may require a different approach than oil-based stains like grease.

  • The cause of the stain

Knowing the source of the stain is vital. Some stains are easily recognizable, allowing for targeted and more effective removal methods. The ability to identify the stain helps in choosing the right cleaning agent without causing further damage.

  • Duration of the stain

The length of time a stain has been present is a critical factor. Fresh stains are generally easier to remove than older, set-in stains. Prompt action can prevent the stain from bonding with the material, making it more responsive to cleaning treatments.

  • Previous attempts to remove the stain

Information about previous attempts to remove the stain is valuable. Some cleaning agents may interact negatively with substances used earlier, and understanding prior efforts helps in avoiding potential complications. It also provides insights into the resilience of the stain.

  • Moisture level of the stain

The moisture content of the stain at the time of treatment is significant. Moist stains are generally more receptive to cleaning solutions, as the agents can penetrate and break down the stain more effectively. Dried or set stains may require additional steps to rehydrate before removal.

  • Recent Steam Clean

Whether the affected area has undergone recent steam cleaning is crucial. Steam cleaning involves applying heat to the stain, and this process may have either facilitated stain removal or, in some cases, permanently set the stain due to heat exposure.

Try to find out as much of this information as possible before attempting to remove the stain. This step is essential because understanding these factors helps tailor the stain removal approach. The type of stain, its cause, and the duration it has set in determine the most effective cleaning methods and products. Additionally, awareness of previous attempts, moisture levels, and any history of steam cleaning aids in making informed decisions, enhancing the likelihood of successful stain removal while avoiding potential damage to the carpet or upholstery. In essence, gathering this information is the key to adopting a targeted and efficient stain removal strategy.

PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESSFUL STAIN TREATMENT

Successfully treating and removing stains requires a strategic approach that involves adhering to specific principles. The effectiveness of stain treatment is greatly enhanced when these principles are followed with precision. Here’s a detailed exploration of the key principles for successful stain treatment:

  • Act swiftly to prevent the stain from setting or drying

Acting promptly is paramount in stain removal. Swift action helps prevent the stain from setting or drying, making it easier to lift from the affected surface. The quicker you address the stain, the higher the chances of complete removal.

  • Exercise patience and allow cleaning agents the necessary time to work

Exercise patience when applying cleaning agents. Allow the products sufficient time to penetrate the stain and break down its components. Rushing the process may result in incomplete stain removal, especially for tougher or deeply ingrained stains.

  • Use appropriate cleaning agents correctly

Selecting the right cleaning agent is crucial. Different stains respond differently to specific cleaning agents. Understand the nature of the stain, and choose a cleaning solution that targets its composition. This principle ensures maximum effectiveness while minimizing the risk of damage to the material.

  • Avoid applying excessive amounts of any cleaning agent – use a little at a time

Avoid the temptation to use excessive amounts of cleaning agents. Using a little at a time is more effective, preventing oversaturation and potential damage to the material. Incremental application also allows for better control and observation of the stain removal process.

  • Thorough Stain Examination

Carefully examine the stain before treatment. Understanding the stain’s characteristics, such as its composition and age, provides valuable insights into the appropriate treatment method. A thorough examination guides the selection of cleaning agents and informs the overall approach to stain removal.

  • Analysis of Own Experiences

Reflect on your own experiences with stain removal. Learn from both successful and unsuccessful attempts. This self-analysis helps refine your stain removal skills, enabling you to adapt and improve your approach based on past outcomes.

  • Trust Your Judgment

Stain removal is not only a science but also an art. Trust your judgment based on the information gathered and your experience. Your intuition and familiarity with the stain removal process play a crucial role in making informed decisions during treatment.

In conclusion, stain removal is a skill that evolves over time with consistent effort and adherence to these principles. By acting promptly, exercising patience, using appropriate cleaning agents judiciously, and continuously refining your approach based on experiences, you can elevate stain treatment to an art form. With dedication and a strategic mindset, proficiency in stain removal can be achieved, turning a seemingly challenging task into a rewarding and successful endeavor.

A STEP-BY-STEP STAIN REMOVAL PROCEDURE

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  1. Prepare Your ToolsStart by ensuring that your cleaning tools are impeccably clean. Only use white towels and rags that have been bleached clean to avoid any potential chemical residue that could impact the efficiency of stain treatment. Maintaining clean tools is essential for preventing cross-contamination between different stains.
  2. Clear Surface SoilsPrior to treatment, remove loose surface soils from the stained area. This can be done through vacuuming or gentle brushing. Clearing away debris ensures that the cleaning agents can directly target the stain without interference from surface dirt.
  3. Protect YourselfPrioritize your safety by wearing protective clothing, such as gloves, and, if recommended for the cleaning agents being used, a mask. This precautionary measure is especially important when dealing with potentially harsh chemicals to avoid skin irritation or inhalation risks. Cleaning the Stains
  4. Create a Clean BaseIf feasible, place an absorbent white cloth under the stain before treatment. This base helps in absorbing excess moisture and any cleaning agents that may pass through the stained material, preventing further spread and potential damage to the surrounding areas.
  5. Identify the StainBefore proceeding, identify the nature of the stain. This step is crucial in selecting the appropriate cleaning agents and methods tailored to the specific stain, ensuring a more targeted and effective treatment. A Stain from Red Wine
  6. Check for Colourfastness:
    • Wet a clean white cloth or sponge with the chemical to be used.

    Begin by saturating a clean white cloth or sponge with the chemical you intend to use for stain removal. Using a white cloth helps ensure that no dyes from the cloth itself will transfer onto the tested area, giving an accurate colourfastness assessment.

    • Rub lightly onto an inconspicuous area.

    Identify an inconspicuous area of the material, such as the back or an interior seam, and gently rub the wet cloth or sponge onto this spot. This preliminary test helps assess whether the fabric is colourfast and can withstand the chemical treatment without experiencing colour bleeding or fading.

    • Wait 3 to 5 minutes for the chemical to work

    Allow the chemical to work on the test area for 3 to 5 minutes. This waiting period mimics the application and drying time during the actual stain removal process, helping to identify any potential adverse reactions before applying the chemical to the visible stain.

    • Rub a clean white cloth over the stain.

    After the waiting period, rub a clean white cloth over the treated area. If no colour transfers onto the cloth, the chemical is deemed safe to use on the material. Note that vibrant colours such as vivid reds, blues, and greens should be checked with extra scrutiny, as they tend to bleed more easily.

  7. Follow DirectionsDilute chemicals as directed and strictly adhere to recommended application times. The specific instructions provided by the manufacturer are essential for achieving optimal stain removal results without causing damage to the material.
  8. Read and Follow InstructionsEmphasize the importance of reading and comprehensively following all instructions provided with the cleaning agents. Skipping steps or disregarding directions may lead to unexpected problems, compromising the effectiveness of the treatment or causing unintended damage to the material.
  9. Use chemicals carefully and not in excess:Exercise caution to avoid excessive use of chemicals. Apply just enough to break up the stain for subsequent blotting with clean white paper towels or cloths. Excessive saturation can lead to issues such as fabric fuzzing or pilling. Also, allow the chemical to dry thoroughly before attempting to use a “dry” chemical agent on a stain that is still damp from a “wet” chemical application.
  10. Give It TimeAllow the chemical to work and dry naturally. Avoid excessive brushing, as it may disturb the stain removal process. Patience is key in stain treatment; rushing the drying process or working the fabric too much can impede the effectiveness of the chemical and potentially cause additional damage.
  11. Choose the Right ChemicalsSelect the appropriate cleaning solution for the identified stain. Using an eyedropper, brush, clean sponge, or lint-free cloth, apply the cleaning agent with care. Employ a light circular motion, working from the centre of the stain outward. Where conditions permit, rinse the treated area to remove any residual cleaning solution.
  12. Go with the GrainWork with the fabric’s grain to avoid causing damage. If the fabric is worn or delicate, avoid working against the grain, as this could lead to further harm. Respecting the natural direction of the fibres helps maintain the material’s integrity during the stain removal process.
  13. Rinse, Feather, and BlendOnce the stain is gone, rinse well and “feather” the treated area by rubbing lightly from the edges outward. Proper feathering eliminates rings. Rake the area as normal to set the nap and help it seamlessly blend in. Keep in mind that freshly treated areas may appear lighter as additional surface soiling has been removed.

By following this step-by-step procedure, you can enhance your ability to successfully treat and remove stains from various surfaces. Additionally, staying informed about the nature of different stains and continually refining your techniques will contribute to your proficiency in stain removal over time.

However, for those unsure about tackling stains on their own, or if you want to avoid potential damage, it’s wise to call professional cleaners. Attempting do-it-yourself remedies found online or through traditional home methods can sometimes exacerbate the issue, making the stain more noticeable or, even worse, impossible to get rid of.

HEALTH & SAFETY IN STAIN REMOVAL

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Health and safety considerations are of paramount importance when engaging in stain removal activities, particularly due to the potential hazards associated with certain cleaning products. Observing proper safety measures not only safeguards the well-being of the user but also protects:

  1. Familiarize Yourself with ProductsBefore use, thoroughly read and understand the usage, storage, and transportation instructions provided on the product labels. This knowledge is crucial for ensuring the safe and effective application of stain removal agents.
  2. Consider Health and SafetyAlways prioritize health and safety considerations not only for yourself but also for others in the vicinity. Being aware of potential risks associated with stain removal products helps in taking proactive measures to mitigate them.

Precautions When Using Stain Removal Products:

  1. Conduct a Crock Test for ColourfastnessPrior to full-scale stain treatment, perform a crock test for colourfastness in an inconspicuous area. This test helps assess whether the cleaning agent might cause colour bleeding or fading, preventing damage to the visible portions of the material.
  2. Read Labelling CarefullyCarefully read and comprehend the labels on stain removal products before use. The labels contain vital information about proper application, safety precautions, and any specific handling requirements.
  3. Use Recommended Health and Safety EquipmentAlways employ the recommended safety equipment, such as rubber gloves or masks, as specified by the product instructions. This protective gear minimizes the risk of skin irritation or inhalation of potentially harmful fumes.
  4. Handle Chemical Agents with CareAcknowledge that stain removal products are concentrated chemicals. Handle them with care, avoiding direct skin contact and taking precautions to prevent accidental spills.
  5. Work in a Well-Ventilated RoomEnsure that the stain removal process takes place in a well-ventilated room. Adequate ventilation helps dissipate fumes and minimizes the inhalation of potentially harmful chemicals.
  6. Avoid Flames and Extreme HeatSteer clear of open flames, extreme heat sources, and smoking materials like lighted cigarettes and pipes while working with stain treatment chemicals. These substances can pose fire hazards and may react unpredictably with certain cleaning agents.
  7. Avoid Contact with Skin and EyesTake precautions to prevent direct contact between the cleaning agents and your skin or eyes. In case of accidental contact, follow recommended first aid procedures and seek medical attention if necessary.
  8. Keep Out Reach of ChildrenStore stain removal products out of reach of children to prevent accidental ingestion or exposure. Use childproof containers if available.
  9. Do Not Mix ChemicalsAvoid mixing different chemicals. Keep each chemical in its original container for easy identification and to prevent potentially hazardous reactions.
  10. Close Containers TightlySeal containers tightly to prevent accidental spills, both during transportation and within the customer’s residence. This also helps avoid contamination of the product’s contents.
  11. Use Products Only as DirectedStrictly adhere to the directions provided for each product. Using products outside their recommended applications can lead to ineffective stain removal or unintended damage.
  12. Follow Directions and Heed WarningsFollow all directions carefully, paying heed to warnings and precautions mentioned on the product labels. Ignoring these instructions can lead to safety risks and compromise the efficiency of the stain removal process.

By diligently following these guidelines, you can create a secure working environment and minimize the potential risks associated with using cleaning agents. Adhering to health and safety protocols ensures a successful and incident-free stain removal process for both the user and their customers.

STAIN TREATMENT GUIDE

This guide offers a straightforward look at different types of stains you might encounter, along with practical tips and recommendations for their removal. Here’s the key: each solution we suggest comes from the Elite line of cleaning products which are designed to address a wide array of stains, each with unique characteristics. The success of stain treatment depends on a thorough understanding of the stain’s composition and the application of the appropriate Elite product. Here’s an in-depth guide to assist you in effectively tackling various stains.

Airplane Glue A Stain from Airplane Glue

A type of adhesive commonly used in model airplanes and other hobby crafts. It is typically a clear, solvent-based glue that dries quickly and forms a strong bond and contains ketones, esters, solvent-soluble plastics, and tackifying chemicals. Depending on the material it gets on, airplane glue can leave behind a shiny, sticky, or even white residue.

Suggested Treatment: Stain Elim is recommended; if needed, apply Solvent Spotter or Pol Elim. Rinse thoroughly for optimal results.

AlbuminA Stain from Albumin

Albumin stains are caused by the protein albumin, commonly found in substances like egg whites, milk, or other protein-rich materials. These stains typically have a stiff feel and appear colourless or white. When dried, they often form a hard or crusty residue that can crumble when scraped.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if the stain persists, use water and Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Alkalis – Caustic

Caustic alkalis, such as caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), are highly corrosive substances used in industrial cleaning products and manufacturing processes. Stains from caustic alkalis can be severe, often resulting in discolouration or degradation of the affected material.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if the stain persists, use water and Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Alkalis – Milder

Milder alkalis include substances like ammonia, borax, and bicarbonate, which are less corrosive compared to caustic alkalis. However, they can still cause damage to certain materials if not used properly.

Suggested Treatment: Apply water, then Acid Sour. Rinse well for effective stain removal.

Alcohol A stain from the Alcohol

Alcohol stains can result from various types of alcoholic beverages or cleaning products containing alcohol. They may appear as colourless or coloured liquid stains and can evaporate quickly if not addressed promptly.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Aluminum Paint

Aluminum paint contains aluminum flakes, zinc, resins, oils, emulsifiers, and cellulose. These stains can have a metallic appearance and may adhere strongly to surfaces, making them challenging to remove.

Suggested Treatment: Stain Elim is recommended; consider Paint Elim if needed. Rinse thoroughly.

Animal Stains A Stain from Animals

Animal stains contain substances such as acids and albumin found in bodily fluids like urine, vomit, or feces. These stains can vary in appearance and odour depending on the source and composition of the bodily fluid.

Suggested Treatment: Pet Elim is recommended; if necessary, apply Pen Elim or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Anti-perspirants

Anti-perspirants are personal care products designed to reduce perspiration and body odour by blocking sweat glands. These products often contain aluminum compounds, fragrances, and other ingredients to control moisture and odour. It’s also acidic and can damage fivers and dye colour

Suggested Treatment: Apply water and Soil Breaker; if needed, use Acid Sour, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Argyrol

Argyrol is a silver-based antiseptic solution used in medical applications. It typically appears as a brownish solution due to the presence of silver compounds and contains albumin.

Suggested Treatment: Apply water and Soil Breaker; if needed, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Arnica

Arnica stains are caused by substances derived from the arnica plant, which is often used in herbal remedies and topical treatments for bruises, sprains, and muscle soreness. Arnica stains typically appear brown and may contain vegetable -based herbs, tannins, oils, and alcohol.

Suggested Treatment: Apply water and Soil Breaker; if necessary, use Acid Sour, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well.

Asphalt (Tar)

Asphalt (Tar) stains are caused by bituminous substances commonly found in road construction materials. These stains appear jet black and may have a sticky or tacky texture with a recognizable odour.

Suggested Treatment: Stain Elim is recommended; use Paint Elim if needed. Rinse thoroughly, and use a spatula for surface scraping.

Automotive Polish A Stain from Automotive Polish

Automotive polish is a product used to enhance the appearance of vehicle paintwork by

removing minor imperfections and providing a protective shine. It contains silicones, plastic or wax base, oils, and clays.

Suggested Treatment: Stain Elim is recommended; use Paint Elim if needed. Rinse thoroughly, and use a spatula for surface scraping.

Avocado A Stain from Avocado

Avocado stains are caused by the oily flesh of avocados, which contain natural fats, tannin oils, sugar and pigments. Avocado stains initially appear yellow-green and may oxidize to a darker yellow hue over time.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if needed, use Solvent Spotter, Ink Elim, and Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Ball Point Pen A Stain from Ballpoint pen

Ballpoint pen stains are caused by ink from ballpoint pens, which typically contain dye-based or pigment-based inks. These stains often appear as dark blue or black marks on surfaces and fabrics and may be smeared if the ink is still wet.

Suggested Treatment: Stain Elim is recommended; if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Pol Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Banana A Stain from Banana

Banana stains are caused by the natural oils, sugars, and tannins present in ripe bananas. These stains initially appear as yellow-green marks and may darken over time as the fruit oxidizes.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if unsuccessful, try Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim. If needed, attempt Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Beer A Stain from Beer

Beer stains are caused by spills or splashes of beer, which may range in colour from colourless to yellow-brown depending on the type of beer and additives present. Beer stains may appear sticky or tacky when dried.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if necessary, use Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Berry Stain A Stain from Berry

Berry stains are caused by the natural pigments, acids, tannins, and sugars present in berries such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries. These stains may vary in colour and intensity depending on the type of berry and its ripeness. Stain can be permanent.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if needed, use Acid Sour, Ink Elim, and Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Blood A Stain from Blood

Blood stains are caused by the presence of hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. Fresh blood stains typically appear reddish-brown in colour and may darken or change in appearance as they dry.

Suggested Treatment: Spot Elim is recommended; if necessary, use Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, Neutr Elim, or Rust Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Browning

Browning stains occur when substances, such as food or beverages, undergo the Maillard reaction or enzymatic browning, resulting in discolouration. Browning stains may appear as yellowing or browning of fabrics, carpets, or food surfaces.

Suggested Treatment: Brown Elim is recommended; if necessary, use Acid Sour. Rinse thoroughly.

Burns A Stain from Burns

Burns stains occur when heat or flames cause damage to surfaces, fabrics, or materials. Depending on the severity, burns may result in discolouration, charring, or melting of the affected area. Appear as a brownish-yellow or black charred colour.

Suggested Treatment:  Begin by applying water to the affected area to help loosen any debris or residue. Then, use a solvent spotter to gently lift and dissolve any remaining burn marks. If necessary, follow up with a soil breaker to further break down stubborn residues. Rinse the treated area thoroughly with water to remove any remaining traces of the stain and cleaning agents.

Calcium Chloride

Calcium chloride stains are caused by spills or splashes of calcium chloride, a salt commonly used for de-icing roads and sidewalks. These stains may appear as white or translucent crystals and can cause radical colour change. If not promptly remove, it can leave behind a residue.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by using Soil Breaker to break down the stain. If necessary, apply Soil Breaker or Pen Elim to target stubborn areas. Rinse thoroughly. If the colour changes back after rinsing, apply Neutr Elim to restore the original appearance. Rinse well.

Candy A Stain from Candy

Candy stains are caused by spills or smudges of sugary confections such as hard candies, chocolates, or gummies. These stains may vary in colour and consistency depending on the type of candy and its ingredients.

Suggested Treatment:  Start by using Spot Elim to target the candy stain. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim to further break down the residue. Follow up with Neutr Elim if necessary to neutralize any remaining discolouration. Rinse thoroughly.

Carbon

Carbon stains, commonly appearing as black or dark gray residue, result from the accumulation of carbon particles or soot generated during combustion processes like burning fossil fuels or cooking over an open flame. This black pigment tends to become deeply set and challenging to remove

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim to tackle carbon stains effectively. If needed, apply Paint Elim to lift any remaining marks. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of the stain.

Cement A Stain from Cement

Cement stains are caused by spills or splatters of wet cement or concrete mixtures. These stains contain lime and clay and may appear as gray or white spots and can adhere strongly to surfaces if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by applying water to the affected area and gently scrape away excess cement with a hard spatula. Follow up with Soil Breaker or Pen Elim to break down any remaining residues. If necessary, use Solvent Spotter to target stubborn stains. Rinse well to ensure all traces of the cement are removed.

Cheese A Stain from Chees

Cheese stains are caused by spills or smudges of cheese products, which may vary in colour and consistency depending on the type of cheese. These stains contain fats, albumin, some colouring, sodium phosphate and preservatives

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim to target the cheese stain. If necessary, apply Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim to further break down the stain components. Rinse thoroughly to remove all residues.

Chewing Gum A Stain from chewing gum

Chewing gum stains are caused by the sticky residue left behind when gum is pressed or smeared onto surfaces. These residues are notoriously difficult to remove due to the adhesive nature of chewing gum. Often, they manifest as stubborn, tacky areas in black, pink, or gray, making identification and cleanup a challenge.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker, Gum Elim, or Stain Elim to soften the gum residue. Brush the affected area to remove the softened gum. Rinse well to ensure complete removal of the stain.

Chlorine A Stain from Chlorine

Spills or splashes of bleach or cleaning products containing chlorine can cause discolouration and damage to fabrics and surfaces. This is because the chlorine breaks down protein fibres, leading to areas appearing bleached or significantly lighter in colour.

Suggested Treatment: Use Soil Breaker to handle chlorine stains effectively. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim to further break down the bleach residue. Rinse thoroughly to remove all traces of chlorine.

Chocolate A Stain from Chocolate

Chocolate stains result from spills or smudges of chocolate-based products, which typically contain cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar, butterfat, and flavorings. These stains appear as deep brown marks and may have a greasy texture due to the cocoa butter content. It also has distinct odour.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim to target the chocolate stain. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim and rinse well. If the stain persists, use Ink Elim or Neutr Elim followed by thorough rinsing.

Clay A Stain from Clay

Clay stains are composed of various earth compounds, often rich in minerals like iron oxide, giving them a reddish-brown hue. These stains can result from contact with natural clay soils or clay-based products, such as pottery or modeling clay.

Suggested Treatment: Brush off excess clay and apply Soil Breaker or Pen Elim to break down remaining residues. Clean the area using the dry clean process with Chem 1 for effective removal.

Cocoa A Stain from Cocoa

Cocoa stains originate from spills or splatters of cocoa powder or cocoa-containing products, such as hot chocolate or cocoa-based desserts. They typically appear as light brown or tan stains and may have a powdery or gritty texture.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Spot Elim to target the cocoa stain. If needed, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim followed by rinsing. For stubborn stains, employ Ink Elim or Neutr Elim before rinsing thoroughly.

Coffee A Coffee Stain

Coffee stains are caused by spills or drips of coffee, which contain tannins, oils, and pigments from the coffee beans. These stains appear as dark brown marks and can vary in intensity depending on the concentration of the coffee and the type of surface or fabric it stains. Difficult to remove if left too long

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Spot Elim to address the coffee stain. If necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim and rinse with water. If the stain persists, employ Ink Elim followed by Neutr Elim before thorough rinsing.

Cola Beverages A Stain from Cola Beverages

Cola beverage stains result from spills or splashes of carbonated soft drinks, which contain sugars, tannin, root extract, acids, flavorings, and caramel colourings. These stains appear as sticky, brown marks and may leave behind a residue if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Start by using Spot Elim to target the cola beverage stain. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Ink Elim to break down the sticky residue. Neutralize any remaining residue with Neutr Elim and rinse thoroughly.

Cough Syrup

Cough syrup stains result from spills or drips of liquid cough medications, which typically contain sugars, syrups, honey, flavors, and sometimes dyes. These stains appear as sticky, viscous marks and may be challenging to remove due to their syrupy consistency.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Spot Elim to target the cough syrup stain. If necessary, use Pen Elim or Soil Breaker to break down the sticky residue. Rinse well and follow up with Neutr Elim if needed to ensure complete removal.

Creams A Stain from Creams

Cream stains result from spills or smudges of various types of creams, such as moisturizers, hand creams, shaving creams or whipped cream. These stains typically contain sugar, butter fat, albumin, emollients, oils, and sometimes fragrances, resulting in oily or greasy marks on surfaces or fabrics. They may discolours due to acidic reactions

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim for cream stains. If necessary, use Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim to break down the stain. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.

Crayons A Stain from Crayons

Crayon stains originate from wax-based colouring materials used for drawing and colouring. Crayons contain pigments, waxes, dyes, and emulsifiers, resulting in a wide variety of colours. These stains can appear as colourful marks on surfaces or fabrics and may have a waxy texture.

Suggested Treatment: If necessary, use a solvent spotter to break down the crayon stain. Then, apply Soil Breaker, Stain Elim, Pol Elim, or Paint Elim as needed to soften the wax and dyes. Brush the area gently to lift the softened crayon residue, then rinse thoroughly for effective stain removal.

Cooking Oils A Stain from Cooking Oil

Cooking oil stains occur when oils from animal or vegetable sources come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains can vary in appearance depending on the type of oil but often appear as greasy, translucent marks that spread over a large area.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by applying Spot Elim to address the cooking oil stain. If needed, use Stain Elim, Pol Elim, or Paint Elim to break down the oils. Allow time for the product to soften the stain, then rinse well. It may be beneficial to rinse with Stain Elim for thorough removal.

Creosote

Creosote, an antiseptic containing tars and oils, appears yellow-brown to amber with a distinct odour.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim for creosote stains. If needed, apply Paint Elim and allow it to soften the stain before rinsing thoroughly.

Cuticle Softener A Stain from Cuticle Spftener

Cuticle softener stains result from spills or drips of products used to soften and condition the cuticles of nails. These stains typically contain oils, moisturizers, and sometimes alpha hydroxy acids, resulting in oily or greasy marks on surfaces or fabrics.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker to cuticle softener stains. If necessary, use Acid Sour and rinse with water to address any discolouration.

Deodorants A Stain from Deodorant

Deodorant stains occur when solid or spray deodorant products come into contact with clothing or fabric. These stains typically contain aluminum compounds, fragrances, and sometimes oils, resulting in white or chalky marks on fabrics, particularly in the underarm area.

Suggested Treatment: Apply water and Soil Breaker to deodorant stains. If needed, use Acid Sour, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Depilatories (Hair Remover)

Depilatory stains result from spills or smears of hair removal creams or lotions used to dissolve unwanted hair. These stains typically contain oils, waxes, alkali substances, and perfume, which can cause discolouration or damage to fabrics if left untreated.

Suggested Treatment: Use Soil Breaker for depilatory stains. If necessary, apply Acid Sour and rinse well to remove any residue.

Dye from Paper and Imitation Flowers

Stains from dyes used in paper or imitation flowers can occur when the dyes bleed onto surfaces or fabrics and produce a smudged area of colour. These stains may vary in colour and intensity depending on the type of dye and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Apply a solvent spotter to these stains. If needed, use Acid Sour or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.

Dye from Plastic, Leather, Furniture Dyes

These stains contain pigments and dyes used in plastic, leather, or furniture materials and can occur when the dyes transfer onto surfaces or fabrics. These stains may vary in colour and intensity depending on the type of dye and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim for these stains. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Paint Elim, or Pol Elim. Rinse well, and if the stain persists after drying, apply water, Neutr Elim, or Ink Elim.

Eggs A Stain from Eggs

Egg stains result from spills or splatters of raw or cooked eggs, which contain proteins, fats, oil, albumin, and sometimes pigments from egg yolks. These stains can vary in appearance depending on the egg’s freshness and cooking method but often appear as yellowish or whitish marks on surfaces or fabrics.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim for egg stains. If the stain remains, use water and Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly.

Extracts – Colours, Flavourings

Extract stains result from spills or drips of concentrated extracts used for colouring or flavoring purposes, such as vanilla extract or food colouring. These stains may contain vegetable colours, sugar, alcohol and natural or synthetic compounds and can vary in colour and intensity depending on the type of extract. Has recognisable odour and sticky feel

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker to these stains. If needed, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Neutr Elim, or Ink Elim. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.

Eyebrow Pencil and Makeup A Stain from eyebrow pencils and makeup

Stains from eyebrow pencils and makeup occur when cosmetic products designed for enhancing the eyebrows or facial features come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, waxes, oils, and other ingredients, resulting in coloured marks that can vary in intensity and texture.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Stain Elim for eyebrow pencil and makeup stains. If necessary, apply Paint Elim or Pol Elim to effectively remove the stain. Rinse the area thoroughly to ensure all residue is removed.

Eye Drops and Eye Wash A Stains from eye drops and eye wash solutions

Stains from eye drops and eye wash solutions occur when medicinal or cleansing fluids used for eye care come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain saline solutions, preservatives,  oil of eucalyptus, borax, boric acid, and other compounds, resulting in clear or slightly coloured marks that may evaporate or leave behind residues.

Suggested Treatment: Start with a solvent spotter for eye drop and eye wash stains. If needed, use Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Faeces A Stain from spills or smears of human or animal fecal matter, which contain organic matter, bacteria, and digestive by-products

Fecal stains result from spills or smears of human or animal fecal matter, which contain organic matter, bacteria, and digestive by-products. These stains can vary in colour and consistency depending on the type of feces and may have an unpleasant odour.

Suggested Treatment: Use Pet Elim for faecal stains. If necessary, apply Pen Elim or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue.

Felt Marking Pen A Stains from felt marking pens

Stains from felt marking pens occur when ink from felt-tipped pens used for writing or drawing comes into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, solvents, and other chemicals, resulting in coloured marks that can vary in intensity and may be difficult to remove.

Suggested Treatment: Apply a solvent spotter for felt marking pen stains. If needed, use Stain Elim or Paint Elim. If the stain persists, use water, Ink Elim, Neutr Elim, or Pen Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Floor Wax

Floor wax stains result from spills or drips of liquid or solid wax used for polishing and protecting flooring surfaces. These stains may contain carnauba waxes, silicone, paraffin, solvents, water, resins, and other ingredients, resulting in shiny or glossy marks that can be slippery and may leave behind residues if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Use a solvent spotter for floor wax stains. If necessary, apply Stain Elim or Pol Elim. Brush the area and repeat the process if needed. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Flowers A Stains from flowers

Stains from flowers occur when petals, pollen, or other plant materials come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These may contain high tannin, acid, chlorophyll, pigments, oils, and other organic compounds, leaving yellow to brown stained areas.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim for flower stains. If needed, use Solvent Spotter, Ink Elim, and Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Food Colouring

Food colouring stains occur when concentrated dyes or pigments used for colouring food and beverages come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain synthetic or natural colourants and can vary in intensity and hue depending on the type of colouring agent.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker for food colouring stains. If necessary, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Food Stains A Stain from Food

Food stains result from spills or splatters of various food and beverage items onto surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain oils, alcohol, butterfat, greases starches, proteins, sugars, and other organic compounds, resulting in coloured or greasy marks that can be challenging to remove depending on the type of food and fabric.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker for food colouring stains. If necessary, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Fruit and Fruit Juices A Stains from fruit and fruit juices

Stains from fruit and fruit juices occur when juices or pulps from fruits come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain sugars, acids, and pigments from the fruit, resulting in coloured marks that can vary depending on the type of fruit and its acidity level.

Suggested Treatment: Use Spot Elim for fruit and fruit juice stains. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Furniture Dye Stains

Stains from furniture dyes occur when dyes or colourants used in furniture manufacturing come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain synthetic or natural dyes and can vary in intensity and hue depending on the type of dye and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim for furniture dye stains. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Paint Elim, or Pol Elim. If the stain persists after drying, use water, Neutr Elim, or Ink Elim. Rinse well to remove any residue.

Gin A Stain from Gin

Gin stains result from spills or splashes of gin, a clear distilled alcoholic beverage made from juniper berries and other botanicals. These stains may contain alcohol and aromatic compounds, resulting in clear or slightly coloured marks that can evaporate quickly.  Stain centre is thin with build-up on outside of stain and can affect certain dyes

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse thoroughly for optimal results.

Ginger Ale

A glass with slices of lemon and a ginger root placed on a table

Ginger ale stains occur when spills or splashes of ginger ale, a carbonated soft drink flavored with ginger, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain sugars, acids, ginger root, tannin, colouring, and flavorings, resulting in a yellow to brown stained area that can be sticky if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Spot Elim, and if needed, apply Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse well to remove the stain effectively.

Glue – Household

Dripping bottle of glue

Household glue stains result from spills or drips of common household adhesives, such as white glue or school glue, used for bonding paper, wood, and other materials. These stains may contain polymers and solvents, resulting in clear or white marks that can be tacky or sticky.

Suggested Treatment: Use Soil Breaker initially, and if necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove any residue.

Glue – Rubber Cement

Rubber cement stains occur when spills or smudges of rubber cement, a type of adhesive commonly used in crafting and office projects, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain aromatic solvents, chlorinated solvents, and latex, resulting in a whitish, gummy, shiny area.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Stain Elim, and if needed, use Solvent Spotter, Pol Elim, or Paint Elim. Rinse the area thoroughly for effective stain removal.

Grass and Leavessmall leaves on carpet

Grass and leaf stains result from contact with grass blades, leaves, or other plant materials, which may contain chlorophyll, pigments, and other organic compounds. These stains can vary in colour and may have a greenish hue, depending on the type of vegetation and its moisture content.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Stain Elim, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Paint Elim. Rinse well, and if the stain persists, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim followed by rinsing.

GravyA gravy on a small bowl

Gravy stains occur when spills or splatters of gravy, a savory sauce made from meat drippings and thickened with flour or cornstarch, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain fats, proteins, and seasonings, resulting in brownish marks that can be greasy or sticky.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if needed, apply Spot Elim, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. If the stain remains upon drying, consider using Stain Elim or Paint Elim, followed by rinsing thoroughly.

Grease

Grease stains result from spills or smudges of oily or fatty substances, such as cooking oils, lubricants, or automotive fluids. These stains may contain fats, lipids, and other hydrophobic compounds, resulting in translucent or opaque marks that can be greasy or sticky.

Suggested Treatment: Use Spot Elim initially, and if necessary, apply Soil Breaker, Stain Elim, or Paint Elim. For further treatment, consider using Pen Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing.

Hair BleachHair Bleach and Brush

Hair bleach stains occur when spills or drips of chemical bleaching agents used for lightening hair come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain hydrogen peroxide, ammonium hydroxide,  and other oxidizing agents, resulting in white or colourless marks that can be corrosive or damaging to fabrics.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Acid Sour, and if needed, use Solvent Spotter. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove the stain effectively.

Hair Care ProductsBottles of different haircare products

Stains from hair care products occur when spills or splatters of shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes, or styling products come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain surfactants, mineral oil, petrolatum, perfume, preservatives, colours, borax, beeswax,  fragrances, dyes, and other ingredients, resulting in coloured or greasy marks that can be challenging to remove depending on the product and fabric.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Neutr Elim, or Acid Sour. Rinse with water, and if the stain persists, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing.

Hair DyeA person's hand mixing a hair dye

Hair dye stains occur when spills or drips of hair colouring products come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, developers, and other chemicals, resulting in coloured marks that can vary depending on the type of dye and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Neutr Elim, or Acid Sour. Rinse with water, and if the stain persists, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing.

Hand LotionsA person's hand pressing hand lotion

Hand lotion stains result from spills or smudges of moisturizing or conditioning lotions used for skin care. These stains typically contain emollients, lanolin, almond oils, mineral oils, and sometimes fragrances, resulting in oily or greasy marks on surfaces or fabrics.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with a Solvent Spotter, and if necessary, use Soil Breaker or Neutr Elim. Rinse well, and if any oil residue remains when dry, rinse with Stain Elim.

Ice CreamA bowl of Ice Cream

Ice cream stains occur when spills or drips of frozen dairy desserts come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain sugars, gelatins, cream, fruits, extracts, emulsifiers, colouring, fats, and flavorings, resulting in cold, sticky marks that can leave behind residues if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Spot Elim, and if needed, apply Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove the stain effectively.

Indelible Pen

Indelible pen stains result from spills or marks made by permanent or indelible ink pens, which contain graphite, fine earths, and  fast-drying, waterproof ink, leaving smudged blue-purple areas.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim initially, and if necessary, apply Solvent Spotter or Paint Elim. If the stain persists, try water, Ink Elim, Neutr Elim, or Pen Elim. Rinse well to ensure complete removal.

Inks – Dry, Soluble

Ink stains occur when spills or marks made by writing or drawing instruments containing ink come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. Dry inks refer to those that have dried on the surface, while soluble inks can be dissolved in water. These stains can vary in colour and composition depending on the type of ink and its solvent properties.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Stain Elim, and if needed, use Solvent Spotter or Paint Elim. Rinse well, and if the stain persists, try water, Ink Elim, Neutr Elim, and Pen Elim. Repeat the process if necessary.

Inks – Black and Coloured

Black and coloured ink stains refer to spills or marks made by writing or drawing instruments containing black or coloured ink. These stains can vary in colour, intensity, and composition depending on the type of ink and the material it comes into contact with. Coloured inks may contain additional pigments or dyes, resulting in a wider range of hues.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim (for school inks, wash out first and then rinse with water). For other inks, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing. Repeat the process if required to ensure complete removal.

Inks – Black and Coloured

Black and coloured ink stains refer to spills or marks made by writing or drawing instruments containing black or coloured ink. These stains can vary in colour, intensity, and composition depending on the type of ink and the material it comes into contact with. Coloured inks may contain additional pigments or dyes, resulting in a wider range of hues.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim (for school inks, wash out first and then rinse with water). For other inks, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing. Repeat the process if required to ensure complete removal.

Inks – Black and Coloured

Black and coloured ink stains refer to spills or marks made by writing or drawing instruments containing black or coloured ink. These stains can vary in colour, intensity, and composition depending on the type of ink and the material it comes into contact with. Coloured inks may contain additional pigments or dyes, resulting in a wider range of hues.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim (for school inks, wash out first and then rinse with water). For other inks, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing. Repeat the process if required to ensure complete removal.

Inks – Black and Coloured

Black and coloured ink stains refer to spills or marks made by writing or drawing instruments containing black or coloured ink. These stains can vary in colour, intensity, and composition depending on the type of ink and the material it comes into contact with. Coloured inks may contain additional pigments or dyes, resulting in a wider range of hues.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim (for school inks, wash out first and then rinse with water). For other inks, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim, followed by thorough rinsing. Repeat the process if required to ensure complete removal.

Insect SprayA person holding an Insect Spray

Insect spray stains result from spills or oversprays of insecticides or bug sprays used for pest control. These stains may contain active ingredients such as pyrethroids or organophosphates, pyrethrins, mineral spirits, along with solvents and propellants, resulting in oily or chemical marks on surfaces or fabrics.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim initially, and if necessary, apply Paint Elim for more stubborn stains.

Iodine

Iodine stains occur when spills or splashes of iodine solutions, commonly used as antiseptics or disinfectants, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as brownish or amber marks and can be challenging to remove due to iodine’s staining properties.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker, and if needed, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Neutr Elim, or Pen Elim. Rinse thoroughly. If the brown stain persists, consider using Rust Elim and rinse well.

Jellies, Jams

Jellies and jams stains result from spills or smears of fruit preserves or spreads made from fruit juice, sugar, gelatin, and pectin. These stains may vary in colour depending on the type of fruit used and can be sticky or sugary if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Spot Elim, and if needed, apply Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove the stain effectively.

Jellies, JamsA bottle of ketchup with a tomato and bowl of sauce on its side

Jellies and jams stains result from spills or smears of fruit preserves or spreads made from fruit juice, sugar, gelatin, and pectin. These stains may vary in colour depending on the type of fruit used and can be sticky or sugary if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Spot Elim, and if needed, apply Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove the stain effectively.

Lacquer

Lacquer stain is  result from spills or oversprays of lacquer-based finishes used for woodwork or furniture. These stains are comprised of ketones, glycol ethers, aromatic solvents, plasticizers, and solvent-soluble plastics, resulting in glossy or shiny marks that can be difficult to remove and may require specialized cleaning methods.

Suggested Treatment: Apply a Solvent Spotter, and if necessary, use Stain Elim or Paint Elim. Rinse the area thoroughly to remove any residue effectively.

Latex PaintA latex paint

Latex paint stains occur when spills or drips of water-based paint come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, binders, rubber-like plastics, plasticizers, coalescence, preservatives and additives, resulting in coloured marks that can be challenging to remove once dry.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Stain Elim, and if required, apply Paint Elim. After the stain is dry, assess if further treatment is needed. Rinse well to ensure complete removal.

Leather Stains

Leather stains result from spills or smudges of liquids or substances on leather surfaces. These stains can vary depending on the type of liquid or substance and the type of leather, and may include water stains, oil stains, or discolouringation from chemicals.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Stain Elim to lift the stain, followed by Solvent Spotter if needed. Consider Paint Elim for stubborn stains. Rinse thoroughly and use additional treatments like Ink Elim, Neutr Elim, or Pen Elim if necessary.

Lipstick and Lip Gloss4 lipsticks

Lipstick and lip gloss stains occur when spills or smudges of cosmetic products designed for colouring and enhancing the lips come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, waxes, oils, and other ingredients, resulting in coloured marks that can vary in intensity and texture.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Stain Elim, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter or Paint Elim. Rinse thoroughly and consider additional treatments like Ink Elim, Neutr Elim, or Pen Elim for stubborn stains.

Make-upMake-up products

Make-up stains result from spills or smudges of cosmetic products used for beautifying the face, eyes, or skin. These stains may include foundations, powders, eyeliners, mascaras, and blushes, and can vary in colour and composition depending on the type of make-up and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Stain Elim to dissolve the stains. Use Soil Breaker or Paint Elim if necessary. Rinse thoroughly and consider additional treatments like Ink Elim, Neutr Elim, or Pen Elim for complete removal.

MascaraMascara product

Mascara stains occur when spills or smudges of cosmetic products used to darken, lengthen, or thicken eyelashes come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, waxes, oils, and other ingredients, resulting in dark, black or brown viscous marks that can be challenging to remove.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Solvent Spotter to dissolve the oily components. Use Stain Elim or Paint Elim if needed. Rinse thoroughly and consider additional treatments like Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim for persistent stains.

MayonnaiseA bowl of mayonnaise

Mayonnaise stains result from spills or smears of the creamy condiment made from egg yolks, oil, vinegar, and seasonings. These stains may contain fats, proteins, and acids, resulting in oily or greasy marks that can be difficult to remove if not promptly treated.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Spot Elim directly to the affected area to dissolve the greasy stain effectively. For tougher stains, especially those deeply set into fabric or surfaces, consider using a stronger cleaner like Soil Breaker or Paint Elim to penetrate and lift the residue. Rinse thoroughly after treatment.

Meat SaucesA bowl of Meat Sauce

Meat sauce stains occur when spills or splatters of sauces made from meat drippings, tomatoes, herbs, and spices come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain proteins, sugars, and fats, resulting in reddish-brown marks that can be greasy or sticky if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Use Spot Elim to lift the stain initially. For more stubborn stains, apply Solvent Spotter to penetrate the fibres deeply. Complete the treatment with thorough rinsing to ensure complete removal of both the stain and cleaning agents.

MedicinesA bottle of medicine getting poured in a small cup

Medicine stains result from spills or drips of liquid or topical medications used for treating various health conditions. These stains may contain active ingredients, solvents, alcohols, iron, tannin, and other additives, resulting in coloured or viscous marks that can vary depending on the type of medicine and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Soil Breaker to dissolve the sticky residue effectively. For deeper cleaning, utilize Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim depending on the severity of the stain. Then rinse thoroughly after treatment.

Mercurochrome

Mercurochrome stains occur when spills or drips of the topical antiseptic solution containing mercury come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as reddish-brown marks and can be difficult to remove due to the staining properties of mercury compounds.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker followed by Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim to address the stain thoroughly. Rinse the area well after treatment to remove any remaining traces of the stain and cleaning agents.

Metal Polish

Metal polish stains result from spills or smears of polishing compounds used for cleaning and shining metal surfaces. These stains may contain oleic acid, ultra-fine solica, gum, precipitated chalk, alcohol, soap or detergent, petroleum distillates, abrasives, solvents, and metal particles, resulting in abrasive or greasy marks that can be challenging to remove from surfaces or fabrics. It is usually acidic in nature.

Suggested Treatment: To effectively remove metal polish stains, start by applying a solvent spotter directly to the affected area. This solution works to dissolve the stain, making it easier to remove. After application, be sure to rinse the area well.

Mildew

Mildew stains occur when surfaces or fabrics are exposed to damp, humid conditions, promoting the growth of mold and mildew. It is a type of fungus growth that appears as a vegetable-like substance, varying in colour from grey to brown or black, often accompanied by a musty odour. It can cause severe damage to fabrics and surfaces.

Suggested Treatment: Liberally apply DEMCA to the affected area. This specialized solution is designed to target mildew growth, effectively removing stains and preventing further damage. However, it’s important to note that mildew stains may not always be fully removable, and additional treatments or professional cleaning may be necessary.

Milk and CreamA spilled glass of milk

Milk and cream stains result from spills or drips of dairy products containing proteins, fats, lactic acid, albumin, casein, carbohydrates, and sugars. These stains may appear as white or yellowish marks and can be greasy or sticky if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Start by applying Spot Elim directly to the affected area. This solution works to dissolve the protein-based stain, making it easier to remove. If necessary, consider using Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim to further treat the affected area.

Mouthwash A woman Pouring Mouthwash on a bottle cap

Mouthwash stains occur when spills or drips of oral hygiene products containing antiseptic or antibacterial agents come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain alcohol, tannin, decongestants, cetyl, flavorings, and colouring agents, resulting in clear or coloured marks that can be acidic or astringent.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by applying Soil Breaker directly to the affected area. This solution works to dissolve the stains, making them easier to remove. Follow up with Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim for deeper cleaning, depending on the severity of the stain. Then rinse well.

MucusA Mucus

Mucus stains occur when nasal secretions or bodily fluids containing mucus come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. An rrganic discharge which can be acidic or alkaline, leaving a slippery, slimy buildup. These stains may appear as clear or slightly coloured marks and can vary in consistency depending on the individual’s health and hydration levels.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Solvent Spotter initially, followed by Soil Breaker if required. For persistent stains, consider using Pen Elim or Neutr Elim.

MudA carpet left with Muddy footprints to a sandal

Mud stains result from spills, splatters, or smears of wet or dried earthy substances containing soil, clay, and organic matter. These stains may appear as brown, gray, or reddish marks and can be gritty or sandy in texture.

Suggested Treatment: Brush off excess mud and utilize Soil Breaker. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter, Stain Elim, or Paint Elim. For lingering stains, employ water, Pen Elim (and Rust Elim for iron content), and rinse thoroughly.

Mustard

Mustard stains occur when spills or drips of the condiment made from mustard seeds, vinegar, and spices come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as yellow or brown marks and can be acidic or pungent in odour.

Suggested Treatment: Start by carefully blotting the mustard stain with Spot Elim, avoiding rubbing to prevent spreading. If the stain remains, gently massage Soil Breaker into the affected area to help lift the oils and extracts from the mustard seeds. For persistent stains, apply Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim as needed

Nail PolishTwo bottles of nail polish, one tipping over and spilling colorful polish

Nail polish stains result from spills or smudges of coloured lacquers used for decorating fingernails or toenails. These stains may contain pigments, solvents, lacquer, dyes in butyl acetate, and resins, resulting in brightly coloured marks that can be glossy or shiny.

Suggested Treatment: Begin treatment by applying Stain Elim directly onto the nail polish stain, allowing it to penetrate the fibres. If the stain persists, use a cotton ball soaked in Solvent Spotter or Pol Elim, gently dabbing the affected area to soften the nail polish. Allow sufficient softening time before rinsing with Stain Elim. Repeat the process if necessary, substituting Pol Elim with Paint Elim.

Nail Polish RemoverA persons hand using a nail polish remover

Nail polish remover stains occur when spills or drips of acetone-based solutions used for removing nail polish come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain acetone, oils and other solvents, resulting in clear or translucent marks that can be abrasive or corrosive.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Stain Elim liberally to the affected area, ensuring complete coverage. If the stain persists, consider using Paint Elim to target any remaining residue. Thoroughly rinse the fabric to remove any traces of the remover solution.

Nasal Drops

Nasal drop stains occur when spills or drips of nasal decongestants or saline solutions used for relieving nasal congestion come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain saline, decongestants, glycerin, or active ingredients, resulting in clear or slightly coloured marks.

Suggested Treatment: Start by gently blotting the nasal drops stain with a clean cloth to absorb excess liquid. Apply Soil Breaker to the stained area, allowing it to penetrate the fabric fibres. If the stain persists, use Acid Sour or Pen Elim as needed, ensuring thorough coverage before rinsing. If the drops may contain Argyrol, utilize Neutr Elim for targeted stain removal before a final rinse.

Oils – (Vegetable, Machine, Linseed, Salad Dressing Oils)A bottle of oil being poured to a bowl of vegetables

Oil stains result from spills or drips of various types of oils, including vegetable oils, machine oils, linseed oil, and salad dressing oils. These stains may appear as translucent or greasy marks and can vary in colour and viscosity depending on the type of oil and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by blotting excess oil from the fabric using a clean cloth or paper towel. Apply Spot Elim directly onto the oil stain, gently working it into the fabric. If necessary, follow up with Soil Breaker, Stain Elim, or Paint Elim for more stubborn stains. For salad oil stains specifically, consider using Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim for targeted removal before rinsing thoroughly.

Ointment StainsA person pouring ointment to its hand

Ointment stains occur when spills or smudges of topical medications or skincare products come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain fats, oils, colouring, medicines, waxes, and active ingredients, resulting in greasy or translucent marks that can be challenging to remove depending on the formulation.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Solvent Spotter directly onto the ointment stain. If the stain persists, use Stain Elim or Paint Elim as needed, ensuring complete coverage before rinsing. For stubborn stains, consider applying Ink Elim or Neutr Elim for targeted removal, followed by a thorough rinse to remove any remaining residue.

Orange JuiceA spilled glass of orange juice into a carpet

Orange juice stains occur when spills or drips of the acidic citrus beverage come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain sugars, acids, and pigments, resulting in yellowish-orange marks that can be sticky or acidic if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Similar to other fruit juices, begin with Spot Elim. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim to address any remaining residue. Thorough rinsing is crucial to ensure complete removal.

OziteOzite

Ozite stains result from spills or smudges of Ozite carpeting, a type of synthetic carpeting material commonly used in automotive interiors. These stains may vary depending on the colour and composition of the Ozite material and can be challenging to remove due to its textured surface. Brown dye substance comes to surface from over wetting carpet.

Suggested Treatment: Due to the tendency of brown dye substance to surface from over-wetting, start with Soil Breaker. If needed, follow with Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim, ensuring thorough rinsing. Perform the operation as dry as possible to prevent brown wicking up from underneath.

PaintTwo paint brush and 3 paint cans

Paint stains occur when spills or splatters of liquid or dried paint come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may vary depending on the type of paint (e.g., water-based, oil-based, acrylic) and its pigments, resulting in coloured marks that can be challenging to remove once dry.

Suggested Treatment: Utilize Stain Elim initially, and if necessary, switch to Paint Elim for deeper stains. Work the solution into the stain using a brush and repeat the process if the stain persists or is deeply set.

PerfumesBottle of perfumes

Perfume stains occur when spills or sprays of fragrant liquids used for personal grooming come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain alcohol, essential oils, tannin, and fragrances, resulting in clear or slightly coloured marks that can be aromatic if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with a Solvent Spotter, then consider using Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim for stubborn stains. Rinse thoroughly to remove any residue, especially as perfume stains may result in a loss of colour in the carpet.

Permanent Wave Solution

Permanent wave solution stains result from spills or drips of chemical solutions used for perming or curling hair. These stains may contain thioglycollic acid, ammonium hydroxide, detergent, and other active ingredients, resulting in clear or slightly coloured marks that can be corrosive or damaging if not promptly treated.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker initially, and if needed, follow up with Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim. If the stain reappears after treatment with Neutr Elim, use Ink Elim and rinse thoroughly to ensure complete removal.

Polish – ShoeOne Shoe with one Polish

Shoe polish stains occur when spills or smudges of waxes or creams used for shining and conditioning footwear come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain pigments, waxes, and solvents, resulting in glossy or greasy marks that can vary in colour and texture

Suggested Treatment: Start by applying Stain Elim to target the shoe polish stain, ensuring complete coverage. If necessary, utilize Solvent Spotter or Pol Elim to further lift the stain, followed by a thorough rinse. For persistent stains, consider using Ink Elim or Neutr Elim before the final rinse.

Potassium Permanganate

These stains may appear as brownish or purplish marks and can be corrosive or staining if not promptly treated due to the oxidizing properties of potassium permanganate.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with a Solvent Spotter, ensuring thorough coverage before rinsing well. Due to its reddish-brown hue, prompt treatment is advisable to prevent permanent staining.

Putty

Putty stains result from spills or smudges of malleable adhesive compounds used for sealing, caulking, or glazing surfaces. These stains may contain oils, resins, and fillers, resulting in opaque or translucent marks that can harden and become difficult to remove once dry.

Suggested Treatment: Use a spatula to agitate the stain, then apply Solvent Spotter. If needed, use Stain Elim or Paint Elim, allowing sufficient time for the stain to soften before rinsing thoroughly.

Rubber Latex

Rubber latex stains occur when spills or smears of latex, a milky fluid derived from rubber trees, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as opaque or translucent marks and can be sticky or rubbery in texture.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim initially to break down the rubber latex stain. If the stain persists, apply Solvent Spotter or Paint Elim to further dissolve and lift the residue. Thoroughly rinse the area to ensure complete removal, as any remaining latex residue can attract dirt and cause discolouration over time.

RustRust

Rust stains result from contact with oxidized iron or steel, typically appearing as reddish-brown discolouration on surfaces or fabrics. These stains occur when iron particles corrode in the presence of moisture and oxygen, leaving behind iron oxide deposits.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by applying Rust Elim to target the rust stain, allowing it to penetrate and dissolve the oxide deposits. If necessary, follow up with Solvent Spotter to lift any remaining residue. Thorough rinsing is crucial to prevent any further oxidation and to remove all traces of the cleaning agents.

SaffronA saffron

Saffron stains occur when spills or smudges of the aromatic spice derived from the Crocus sativus flower come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as yellowish-orange marks and can be aromatic if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker to loosen the saffron stain from the fabric fibres. If the stain persists, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim as needed to lift the dye. Finish with a thorough rinse to remove all traces of saffron and cleaning agents, ensuring no residue is left behind.

SalivaA persons mouth full with saliva

Saliva stains result from spills or smears of saliva, the watery fluid produced by salivary glands in the mouth. These stains may appear as clear or slightly cloudy marks and can vary in consistency depending on the individual’s health and hydration levels.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by applying Soil Breaker to target the saliva stain, allowing it to penetrate and break down any organic matter. If necessary, follow up with Acid Sour or Pen Elim to neutralize and lift any remaining residue. Then rinse thoroughly.

Shellac

Shellac stains occur when spills or smears of shellac, a resinous secretion produced by the lac bug, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains contains resin, extract of Japanese varnish tree, nitrocellulose alcohols, mahogany, etc

Suggested Treatment: Apply Stain Elim to break down the shellac stain, ensuring thorough coverage. If needed, use Solvent Spotter, Paint Elim, or Pol Elim to further dissolve and lift the residue. Thorough rinsing is crucial, and if the stain persists after drying, consider additional treatments with water, Neutr Elim, or Ink Elim before the final rinse.

Sherbet

Sherbet stains result from spills or drips of the sweet frozen dessert made from fruit juice, sugar, and dairy or non-dairy ingredients. These stains may appear as coloured marks and can be sticky or sugary if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Start with Soil Breaker to loosen the sherbet stain from the fabric fibres. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim to lift any remaining residues. Thorough rinsing is essential to remove all traces of sherbet and cleaning agents, preventing any potential stickiness or discolouration.

Silver Nitrate

Silver nitrate stains occur when spills or drips of the inorganic compound come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as black or gray marks and can be corrosive or staining if not promptly treated due to the oxidizing properties of silver nitrate.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Soil Breaker to break down the silver nitrate stain, ensuring thorough coverage. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim to lift any remaining residue. Thorough rinsing is essential to remove all traces of the stain and cleaning agents, preventing any further damage to the fabric.

Silver Nitrate

Silver nitrate stains occur when spills or drips of the inorganic compound come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as black or gray marks and can be corrosive or staining if not promptly treated due to the oxidizing properties of silver nitrate.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Soil Breaker to break down the silver nitrate stain, ensuring thorough coverage. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim to lift any remaining residue. Thorough rinsing is essential to remove all traces of the stain and cleaning agents, preventing any further damage to the fabric.

Smoke Stains

Smoke stains result from exposure to smoke particles and soot, typically appearing as gray or black discolouration on surfaces or fabrics. These stains may occur from tobacco smoke, fireplace smoke, or other sources and can be challenging to remove due to the fine particles and odour associated with smoke.

Suggested Treatment: Use Stain Elim to target the smoke stain. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter or Paint Elim to further dissolve and lift the residue. Treat with Smoke Elim to effectively eliminate any lingering odours. Thorough rinsing is crucial to remove all residues and restore the fabric’s appearance, especially in the case of scorched fibres.

Soft Drinks A couple of glasses full with soft drinks

Soft drink stains occur when spills or drips of carbonated beverages come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain sugars, acids, and flavorings, resulting in coloured marks that can be sticky or acidic if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Use Spot Elim initially to target the soft drink stain. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Ink Elim to address any remaining residues. Neutralize the area with Neutr Elim to prevent discolouration and thoroughly rinse to remove all traces of the stain and cleaning agents.

Soot

Soot stains result from exposure to fine particles of carbon or other impurities produced by incomplete combustion. These stains typically appear as black or dark gray marks on surfaces or fabrics and can be powdery or greasy in texture.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Stain Elim to the soot stain, ensuring thorough coverage. If needed, use Solvent Spotter to dissolve any remaining residue. For persistent stains, follow up with Paint Elim before rinsing thoroughly.

Spaghetti Sauce A bowl of Spaghetti Sauce made with Tomatoes

Spaghetti sauce stains occur when spills or splatters of tomato-based sauces used in Italian cuisine come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain tomatoes, herbs, spices, and oils, resulting in reddish-brown marks that can be acidic or greasy if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Spot Elim to target the spaghetti sauce stain. If necessary, apply Soil Breaker or Paint Elim. Allow the area to dry before using the Meat Sauce treatment method for more effective stain removal.

StarchA bowl of starch

Starch stains result from spills or smears of starch-based substances used for stiffening fabrics or thickening liquids. These stains may appear as white or translucent marks and can be stiff or powdery in texture.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker initially to break down the starch residue. If needed, use Solvent Spotter or Pen Elim to further dissolve and lift the residue. Rinse well.

SugarA bowl of sugar

Sugar stains occur when spills or drips of granulated or liquid sugars come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as clear or slightly coloured marks and can be sticky or syrupy if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Use Spot Elim to target the sugar stain. If necessary, apply Soil Breaker before thorough rinsing. For persistent stains, use Pen Elim before rinsing again to ensure complete removal.

Tannin

Tannin stains result from spills or drips of tannin-containing substances such as tea, liquor, chocolate, leather, coffee, wine, or certain fruits. These stains typically appear as brown or yellowish marks and can be acidic or astringent if not promptly treated.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Soil Breaker to address the tannin stain. If necessary, use Spot Elim, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim to further dissolve and lift the residue. Rinse thoroughly.

TeaA spilled cup of tea

Tea stains occur when spills or drips of brewed tea come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as brown or yellowish marks and can be acidic or tannic if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Soil Breaker to target the tea stain. If needed, use Spot Elim, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim to further dissolve and lift the residue. Rinse well.

TobaccoCigarettes

Tobacco stains result from exposure to smoke, tar, and nicotine produced by burning tobacco products such as cigarettes or cigars. These stains typically appear as brown or yellowish discolouration on surfaces or fabrics and can be sticky or odorous if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Use Spot Elim initially to target the tobacco stain. If needed, apply Solvent Spotter before thorough rinsing. For persistent stains, apply Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim before rinsing again to ensure complete removal.

Tomato Sauce and Juice

Tomato sauce and juice stains occur when spills or drips of tomato-based condiments or beverages come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain tomatoes, acids, sugars, and spices, resulting in reddish-brown marks that can be acidic or greasy if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin with Spot Elim to target the tomato sauce or juice stain. If necessary, apply Solvent Spotter before thorough rinsing. For persistent stains, apply Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim before rinsing again.

ToothpasteA dripping toothpaste

Toothpaste stains occur when spills or smudges of toothpaste, a cleaning paste or gel used for oral hygiene, come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may contain abrasives, detergents, fluoride, and flavorings, resulting in white or translucent marks that can be slightly gritty or foamy.

Suggested Treatment: Brush out the stain and apply Soil Breaker. For persistent stains, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, or Neutr Elim before rinsing thoroughly.

UrineA cat urinated in a carpet

Urine stains result from spills or accidents involving human or animal urine coming into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may vary in colour and odour depending on factors such as hydration, diet, and health conditions, and can be challenging to remove if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Treat with Pet Elim and, if necessary, apply Pen Elim or Neutr Elim before rinsing thoroughly.

VarnishA brush and can of Varnish

Varnish stains occur when spills or drips of clear or coloured coatings used for protecting or enhancing wood surfaces come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as glossy or translucent marks and can be sticky or tacky if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Stain Elim, and if needed, use Solvent Spotter, Paint Elim, or Pol Elim before rinsing. For stubborn stains, use water, Neutr Elim, or Ink Elim after the area dries.

Vegetable Dyes

Vegetable dye stains result from spills or drips of natural dyes derived from plant sources, such as fruits, vegetables, or tree barks. These stains may appear as coloured marks and can vary in hue and intensity depending on the type of dye and the material it comes into contact with.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Spot Elim, and if necessary, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim before rinsing. For persistent stains, use Stain Elim and rinse with water after the area dries.

VomitVomit

Vomit stains occur when spills or regurgitated stomach contents come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may vary in colour and consistency depending on factors such as diet, health conditions, and hydration levels, and can be challenging to remove if not promptly cleaned due to their acidic nature. Has odour.

Suggested Treatment: Use Pet Elim, and if needed, apply Soil Breaker, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim before rinsing thoroughly.

Water PaintsA couple of water brush and water paints

Water paint stains result from spills or drips of water-based paints, such as watercolours or tempera, coming into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may appear as coloured marks and can be easily diluted with water for cleaning if addressed promptly.

Suggested Treatment: Apply Solvent Spotter to target water paint stains. For more stubborn stains, consider using Soil Breaker to break down the paint residue. If the stain persists, apply Pen Elim or Neutr Elim before rinsing thoroughly. For particularly persistent stains, use Ink Elim to ensure complete removal before rinsing.

Water StainsA water stain on carpet

Water stains occur when surfaces or fabrics are exposed to moisture or water, resulting in discolouration or spotting. These stains may appear as rusty, brown ozite or dark marks and can be caused by factors such as spills, leaks, or condensation, depending on the material and environment.

Suggested Treatment: Use Brown Elim initially to address water stains, especially those that appear rusty or brown. If the stain remains stubborn, apply Soil Breaker to thoroughly remove the discolouration.

WaxWax

Wax stains result from spills or smears of solid or liquid waxes used for various purposes, such as candle making.  These stains may appear as translucent or opaque marks and can be greasy or waxy if not promptly cleaned.

Suggested Treatment: Begin by applying Solvent Spotter to target wax stains, ensuring thorough coverage. If the stain persists, consider using Stain Elim or Pol Elim to dissolve and lift the residue. After each application, brush the area to further aid in the removal process.

WineA glass of wine spilled on a carpet

Wine stains occur when spills or drips of red, white, or sparkling wines come into contact with surfaces or fabrics. These stains may vary in colour and acidity depending on the type of wine and can be challenging to remove if not promptly treated due to the pigments and tannins present in wine.

Suggested Treatment: Start by applying Spot Elim to the wine stain, focusing on breaking down the coloured components. If the stain proves difficult to remove, use Solvent Spotter, Pen Elim, Ink Elim, or Neutr Elim as needed to effectively lift the residue before rinsing thoroughly.

Effective stain treatment is essential for maintaining the appearance and longevity of fabrics and surfaces. By understanding the characteristics of different stains and utilizing appropriate cleaning agents and techniques, it is possible to achieve comprehensive stain removal and preserve the integrity of the material.

Elites Chemical Solutions

The suggested treatment in this stain removal guide exclusively mentions Elite chemicals because they are specifically formulated to effectively address various types of stains. Elite chemicals are renowned for their advanced formulations and exceptional stain-fighting capabilities.  Here’s why Elite chemicals are highlighted:

  • Specialization: Elite chemicals are designed to target specific types of stains, such as greasy stains from mayonnaise, protein-based stains from milk and cream, or acidic stains from metal polish. This specialization ensures that the appropriate cleaner is used for each type of stain, maximizing the chances of successful removal.
  • Effectiveness: Elite chemicals are highly effective in breaking down and lifting stains from fabrics and surfaces. Their advanced formulas penetrate deep into fibres, dissolving stubborn residue and making it easier to remove.
  • Versatility: While other cleaners may also be effective, Elite chemicals offer a comprehensive range of products suitable for a wide variety of stains. From Spot Elim for general stain removal to specialized products like Soil Breaker for tougher stains or DEMCA for mildew, Elite chemicals provide versatile solutions for different cleaning needs.
  • Reliable Results: Elite chemicals have built a reputation for delivering consistent and reliable results. By recommending these products, the stain removal guide aims to ensure that users achieve optimal outcomes in their cleaning endeavors.
  • Safety: Elite chemicals are formulated with safety in mind, ensuring that they effectively remove stains without causing damage to fabrics or surfaces when used as directed. Moreover, the products are eco-friendly, which could mean they’re safer for your furry friends and family. This emphasis on safety makes them suitable for use in various household and commercial settings.

By focusing on Elite chemicals in the suggested treatment, the stain removal guide aims to provide with a reliable and effective solution for tackling a wide range of stains with confidence.

Elite’s Carpet Stain Removal Expertise

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