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How you can clean or remove stains from your rugs or mats or hallway runners and even children's playmats

Scattermats stocks and sells our own brand of spot cleaner which we highly endorse called Scattermats All Natural Rug Magic Spot Cleanerl  .

Rug Magic is a chemical free cleaner made entirely from plant-based ingredients,making it safe for people and the enviroment.

Some of what Rug Magic should remove:  Blood, Wine, Tea, Coffee, Chocolate, Food, Cola,  Engine Oil, Grease (depends on quantity), Tomato, Kiddies Markers, Lipstick, Crayons etc.

Rug Magic can be used on wool rugs etc.and carpets, just follow the instructions or click the link below to view the video demonstration of Scattermats Rug Guard and the Rug Magic All Natural cleaner with tomatoe sauce.

Demo of Scattermats Rug Guard and Spot cleaner


Cowhide Skin Cleaning and Maintenance

Cowhide Maintenance

For everyday cleaning its best to simply vacuum your cowhide rug. I would recommend you take out the cowhide and beat or shake it for the hard to remove dust and then air out in the shade. Tip: Never leave your stencilled print cowhides in the sun as they may fade, natural hides are excluded, another tip is never leave your cowhides on the floor when moping around them or on damp floors or or let it get wet, this may cause curling and warping etc.

Cowhide Cleaning Spot Cleaning

You can use warm water and soap to spot clean but don't soak or put in any type of washing machines or use any cleaners or chemicals.
For any liquid spills use a dry cloth or paper towel by blotting the area to soak up any excess fluids then you may lightly rub the stain using a ph neutral shampoo like white vinegar and water mixture.
The use of Eucalyptus oil or white spirits for any harsh spills like greese or gums.
Preferably hang in the shade to dry.
 

Below are some general bits of info on how to clean stains off floor rugs etc.

Floor Rugs Stain Removal General Instructions:

Whatever the nature of the stain in your floor rug, the following general procedure should always be followed but please Note!: These are guidelines only and are not guaranteed to work, it is advisable to test on a small area like a corner for colour fastness.

1.       Act immediately

2.       Treat the stain from the outside towards the Center.

3.       Gently remove most of the staining substance with a spoon or a knife and immediately absorb it with a clean white cloth.

4.       Identify the stain and refer to the Stain Removal Table.

5.       Before using a stain remover, test the fastness of the colour on an off-cut of carpet or in a place which is concealed. If you apply a solvent, do not pour direct on to the carpet; pour on to a piece of cloth.

6.       After the stain remover has acted, use a clean dry cloth to absorb the product which has been applied; brush against the direction of the pile.

7.       Leave to dry and do not walk on damp parts. Once your carpet or rug is dry, go over it with the vacuum cleaner

STAIN REMOVAL TABLE:

Valid for all types of carpets and floor rugs whether they are woollen rugs or made from synthetic fibre.

 

Nature of Stain

Products to be Applied

Alcohol, Liqueur

Shampoo and then dab with methylated spirits.

Beer

Dab with warm water (max 50◦C) to which 3% methylated spirits has been added

Biro ink

Use perchlorethylene and methylated spirits

Blood

Dab with cold water and then shampoo. If there are still traces, treat them with 5% diluted ammoniac.

Butter, Oil, Gravy and Sauces

Dab with white spirit or perchlorethylene and then shampoo. If the stain persists dab with 5% diluted ammoniac.

Candle wax, paraffin

Put blotting paper over the stain and go over with a warm iron. Dab with perchlorethylene and then shampoo

Chewing Gum

Apply an anti-gum (product sold by any pharmacy or chemist) or dab with perchlorethylene

Chocolate, caramel, sweets

Dab with warm water (max 50◦C) or with 5% diluted ammoniac

 

 

 

                                                         

 

 

Nature of Stain

Products to be Applied

Coffee, Tea

Shampoo. If the stain persists, dab with methylated spirits or 10% diluted ammoniac

Cosmetics & medicaments

Apply white spirit or perchlorethylene and then shampoo. If the stain persists use 5% diluted ammoniac or methylated spirits

Eggs, albumin’s

Dab with 5% diluted ammoniac or methylated spirits: then shampoo

Fruits, foodstuffs

Dab with warm water (max 50◦C) and then shampoo

Glue, stain, varnish

Apply white spirit or percholorethylene and then dab with warm water or shampoo.

Grass, vegetables

Moisten with methylated spirits

Ink, aniline, carbon

Remove as much as possible with blotting paper and then dab with a solution of 30% methylated spirits and 70% water: then shampoo. Pure lemon juice also gives good results

Jam, syrup, fruit juices

Dab with warm water (max 50◦C). If the stain persists use white spirit or percholrethylene

Mercurochrome

Dab with a mixture of two-thirds water and one-third methylated spirits

Mildew

Dab with an ammoniacal water solution

Milk, drinking chocolate

Yogurt

Shampoo and then dab with 5% diluted ammoniac or methylated spirits. If the stain persists use perchlorethylene or white spirit

Mud

Allow to dry and then go over with the vacuum cleaner

Mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup

Use 10% diluted ammoniac and then perchlorethylene. Shampoo if necessary

Nail varnish

Dab with acetone* and then shampoo

Paint

Oil paint: dab with white spirit and then shampoo. Latex: if the stain is new, dab with cold water. An old stain is very difficult to remove. Consult a specialist

Perfume

Dab with methylated spirits

Rust

Use 3% diluted potassium oxalate* or an anti-rust product* for textiles

Sugar

Dab with warm water (max 50◦C) and then shampoo

Tar, thick grease, grease for mechanical purposes

Fuel oil

Dab with whited spirit or perchlorethylene and then shampoo. Repeat the action with methylated spirits and then shampoo

Tincture of iodine

Dab with pure ammoniac

Vomit, urine excrement

Dab with a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water, or with methylated spirits, and then shampoo

Water

Use a clean cloth to absorb as much as the water as possible and leave to dry; deal with any “haloes” by shampooing or with methylated spirits

Wax, wax polish, furniture or floor polish

Apply with spirit or perchlorethylene and then shampoo. If the stain persists: 5% diluted ammoniac or methylated spirits

Wine, lemonade

Use a mixture of 50% vinegar and 50% water and then shampoo

 

 

Cleaning Instructions for Floor Rugs etc.

Cleaning Agents

DETERGENT SOLUTION
Mix one of clear dishwashing liquid or detergent powder (containing no bleaches or strong alkalies) with a cup of warm (not hot) water. This solution must be well-rinsed with clear water.

VINEGAR SOLUTION
Mix 1/3 cup of white vinegar with 2/3 cup water.

DETERGENT/VINEGAR SOLUTION
Add one-tablespoon household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup of water. This solution must be neutralized with vinegar solution.

AMMONIA SOLUTION
Mix one-tablespoon household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup of water. This solution must be neutralized with vinegar solution.

SOLVENT/DRY CLEANING SOLVENT
A dry-cleaning solvent (available at your local hardware store).

Instructions For Stain & Substance Removal

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
Blot up surplus. Use a detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time, blotting with dry cloths when necessary.

BLOOD
Scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution and blot dry.

CANDLE WAX
Cover with absorbent paper and use hot iron.

CHEWING GUM
Chill with an aerosol freezing agent or ice cubes in a plastic bag. Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by a detergent/vinegar solution and blot dry.

CHOCOLATE
Scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blot dry. Follow up with an ammonia solution and blot dry.

COFFEE
Blot up the excess. Use a detergent/vinegar solution, working from the outer edge, using a little at a time and blotting dry frequently.

CREAM
Blot up the excess, then use a detergent or carpet shampoo solution, followed by a solvent then blot dry.

FATS
Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by a detergent/vinegar solution and blot dry.

FRUIT
Scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with an ammonia solution and blot dry.

FRUIT JUICE
Soak with cold water and follow with a detergent or carpet shampoo solution and blot dry.

GLUE
Scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with an ammonia solution and blot dry.

GRASS
Scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with an ammonia solution and blot dry.

GREASE / OIL
Scrape up any excess with a blunt knife. Use dry cleaning solvent followed by detergent/vinegar solution and blot dry.

INK (fountain pen)
Pour cold water over stain and follow with detergents or carpet shampoo solution.

INK (ball point)
Use solvent, followed by alcohol or methylated spirits mineral turpentine.

INK (felt tip)
Soak with warm water, following with a detergent solution or carpet shampoo solution. Apply clear nail polish remover (preferably acetone).

TOMATO SAUCE
Soak with warm water, following with a detergent solution or carpet shampoo solution.

LIPSTICK
Scrape up the excess with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by a detergent/vinegar solution then blot dry.

LIQUID FOODS
Blot up the excess spillage. Use a detergent/vinegar solution. Work from the outer edge of the stain, using a little at a time and blotting up with dry cloths frequently.

MILK
Blot up the excess spillage. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution and blot dry.

MUSTARD
Use a detergent solution or carpet shampoo solution and blot dry.

NAIL POLISH
Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solvent followed by a detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

PAINT (water based)
Soak with cold water, following with a detergent or carpet shampoo solution, finishing with a solvent. Blot dry.

PAINT (oil based)
Use alcohol or methylated spirits followed by solvent and then detergent or carpet shampoo solution. Blot dry.

SALAD DRESSING
Soak with detergent or carpet shampoo solution, following with a solvent. Blot dry.

SHOE POLISH
Scrape up with a blunt knife. Use a dry cleaning solvent, followed by a detergent/vinegar solution. Blot dry.

SOFT DRINKS
Blot up the excess spillage. Use a detergent solution, starting at the outer edge and blotting dry. Follow with ammonia solution and blot dry.

General Disclaimer:
The above cleaning instructions are for information only, Scattermats Rug Warehouse  takes no responsibility for any damage caused by use of the above.