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A Quick Guide to Remove Spots, Spills and Stains from your Carpet using the excellent Host cleaning system.

Most spots and stains can be removed effectively using Host products and every day household chemicals. Host sponges are a natural product that looks similar to wet sawdust and readily absorbs just about any stain, including tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, milk, food, etc from virtually any carpet.  Host sponges can be used on their own for dealing with smaller stains or with a Host carpet cleaning machine for larger areas. Host sponges are extremely user friendly and ideal for use at home or in commercial environments. Host Sponges are also recommended for use on wool carpets and rugs.

HOST Remedies:

HOST Sponges Cleaner - a dry carpet cleaner that dissolves, absorbs and traps spots, soil and odours as it cleans

HOST Pre-Clean Mist - a specially formulated multipurpose detergent

HOST Liquid Spot Remover - a safe solvent for any carpet type

 

HOST Carpet Care Kit - Use on any carpet*   Emergency Spot and Spill Kit
HOST carpet care kit

Contains 2 x 0.5kg HOST Sponges,
Spot Remover, Spotter Brush,
Spotting cloth and
Spot and Spill Removal Hints
Available in store only
16.95 inclusive of VAT

*Excellent for wool carpets, proceed with care on seagrass, sisal and coir.

 

 

Household Remedies:

Solvent - For oil base paint, check the label on the paint can for a specific thinner or solvent

Vinegar Solution - Mix 1/4 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup water

Ammonia Solution - Mix one tablespoon clear household ammonia with 1/2 cup water

Caution... Test for colourfastness by dampening a white blotting towel with the cleaning agent.  Blot an area (2" x 2") in an inconspicuous location.  Look for any colour transfer onto the white towel or any change of colour on the carpet.  Never apply cleaning agents directly to the carpet, use a towel.

The first table below (Table "A") lists common spots and stains.  The letters to the right of each stain description relate to the second table (Table "B") which lists the recommended cleaning action.

 

TABLE A

Beer, Wine A or D
Ink - Marking Pen A or B
Blood A
Kool-Aid J or K
Blood (if not removed) H
Lipstick A or B
Butter A or B
Mascara A or B
Candy (Sugar) A or E
Mayonnaise A or C
Catsup A or C
Merthiolate E
Chewing Gum A or G
Milk E
Chocolate A or E
Nail Polish I
Coffee A or D
Oil - Cooking A or B
Crayon B
Oil - Furniture A or B
Egg A or C
Paint - Latex A or F
Feces A or C
Paint - Oil Base A or B
Food Colour C
Rust A or J
Fruit Juices A or E
Shoe Polish - Liquid A, B or J
Furniture Polish A or B
Shoe Polish- Paste A or B
Furniture Polish w/stain B or J
Soft Drinks A or E
Glue - Model Cement I
Tar B
Glue - White C
Tea A or D
Gravy A or E
Urine A or E
Hair Spray A or B
Vomit A
Hand Lotion A or B
Watercolours (paint) A or F
Ice Cream A or E
Wax Candle - Coloured G
Ink - Ball-point A or B
Wax Candle - White G

 

Important:

The residue from household remedies needs to be removed to prevent rapid resoiling.  Here's how:

bulletPack the area with a generous amount of HOST Sponges Cleaner.  Do not place anything over the HOST Sponges Cleaner.
 
bulletAllow the area to dry completely.  This may take 24-48 hours.
 
bulletVacuum thoroughly.  HOST Sponges Cleaner does not leave a sticky detergent residue.
 
bulletNote: Some stains are permanent and can't be removed.

 

TABLE B

A Top
 

  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • B Top
     

  • Spot Remover
     
  • Blot
     
  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Water
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
     
  • C Top
     

  • Spot Remover
     
  • Blot
     
  • Ammonia
     
  • Blot
     
  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Water
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • D Top
     

  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Vinegar
     
  • Blot
     
  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Water
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • E Top
     

  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Ammonia
     
  • Blot
     
  • Vinegar
     
  • Blot
     
  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Water
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • F Top
     

  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Ammonia
     
  • Blot
     
  • Water
     
  • Blot
     
  • Spot Remover
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • G Top
     

  • Freeze with ice cube
     
  • Shatter with blunt object
     
  • Vacuum up chips
     
  • Spot Remover
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
     
  • For wax, place absorbent white paper towel or paper bag over wax, iron with warm (not hot) iron to absorb. Use caution.
  • H Top
     

  • Pre-Clean
     
  • Blot
     
  • Ammonia
     
  • Blot
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • I Top
     

  • Acetone Polish Remover (not oily)
     
  • Blot
     
  • Repeat
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
  • J Top
     

  • Spot may require the help of a HOST Professional Cleaner
     
  • K Top
     

  • Blot quickly with dry towel
     
  • Apply HOST Sponges Cleaner
     
  • Let dry
     
  • Blot with cool water
     
  • HOST Sponges Cleaner
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