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Carpet Care Tips

Use Entrance Mats:
Place walk-off mats inside and outside entrances to trap soil before it can be tracked into your home. Soil is the greatest threat to your carpet’s appearance.
Vacuum Regularly:
The most important thing you can do for your carpet is to vacuum it regularly. Removing dirt particles will reduce abrasion that can dull carpet fibers. Use a vacuum with a beater-bar, which will raise the pile when it removes soil.

Blot Up Spills Immediately:

Immediate attention to spills and spots will make removal easier. Always blot the area being cleaned. Never rub, scrub or use a brush.
Clean Periodically:
Clean your carpet using hot-water extraction before it shows traffic patterns. Professional cleaning using hot-water extraction is the preferred method.


Step 1:
  • Use a spoon or dull knife to remove solid materials
  • For large stains, work from the outside of the stain to the center to prevent spreading.
  • Blot up liquid spills with a colorfast or white paper towel.
  • Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of clear hand dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of water. Stir gently.
  • Apply detergent solution directly to a white cloth. Dampen the carpet fibers in the stained area with a cloth. Avoid saturating the carpet.
  • Wipe gently. Turn cloth frequently.
  • NEVER RUB, SCRUB OR USE A BRUSH BECAUSE IT MAY DAMAGE CARPET FIBERS. If necessary, use your fingertips to work the solution to the base of the stain.
  • Wet the stained carpet fibers with clear, lukewarm water to rinse.
  • Cover the spot with an absorbent white towel or paper towel and apply pressure to blot.
  • Repeat the rinsing and blotting procedures until you are sure all traces of the detergent have been removed.
  • If the stain is gone, place an absorbent towel or white paper towel over the area cleaned and weigh towels down with a heavy, colorfast object, such as a weighted plastic wastebasket.
  • Change towels or paper towels until carpet dries.
  • If stain remains, proceed to step 2 (for coffee, tea or urine, skip step 2 and proceed to step 3).
Step 2:
  • Mix 2 tablespoons of non-bleaching, non-sudsing household ammonia with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Apply ammonia solution, rinse and blot as outlined in Step1.
  • Do not dry with paper towels. Proceed to step 3 to neutralize the ammonia solution.
Step 3:
  • Mix ½ cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of lukewarm water.
  • Apply vinegar solution, rinse and blot as outline in step 1.

Water-Based Stains:
  • Alcohol 
  • Blood 
  • Chocolate Milk 
  • Cologne 
  • Food Stains (General)
  • Ice Cream
  • Liquor 
  • Soil Spots 
  • Vomit 
  • Whisky 
  • Beer
  • Cola
  • Fruit Punch
  • Latex Paint 
  • Tomato Juice
  • Baby Formula 
  • Candy 
  • Clay 
  • Cranberry Juice
  •  Fruit Juice
  • Grape Juice 
  • Jelly
  • Milk 
  • Syrup
  • Water Colors 
  • Wine 
  • Ketchup 
  • Felt-Tip Marker 
  • Graphite 
  • Soft Drinks 
  • Watermelon
For these stains, start with step 1. If the stain remains, proceed with steps 2 and 3.
Special Water-Based Stains: Coffee, Tea And Urine
For these stains, start with step 1. If the stain remains, proceed with step 3. Omit step 2.
Greasy, Oil-Based Stains:
  • Butter 
  • Cosmetics
  • Furniture Polish (oil based)
  • Grease (black)
  • Ink
  • Mascara
  • Ointment 
  • Peanut Butter
  • Spaghetti 
  • Cooking Oil
  • Gravy 
  • Margarine
  • Oil Paint
  • Wax
  • Chocolate
  • Crayon 
  • Glue
  • Gum
  • Lipstick 
  • Mayonnaise
  • Oil
  • Rouge
  • Varnish
  • Furniture Dye
  • Hand Cream
  • Nail Polish 
  • Salad Dressing

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In Business Since 1955

Shilling’s Carpets & Floors

51981 Indiana State Route 933
South Bend, IN 46637-1710

Phone: (574) 277-3110
Fax: (574) 277-3111

Business Hours

Mon - Fri: 09:00 AM - 08:00 PM
Sat: 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Sun: 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM

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