I'm home from work today as I'm not feeling well and I realy didn't want to be there doing nothing. I was on the phone with a friend and went downstairs. Fozzie stole shoe polish out of my closet. Black shoe polish is now all over him and my just cleaned off white living room carpet. What do I do????
|From the Stainmaster website:
Stain Removal Guide | Shoe Polish Instructions
Stain Removal Guide Index
Follow these instructions to remove: Shoe Polish
1) Scoop up and blot as much of the spill as possible. Vacuum up any dry particles.
2) Prepare suggested cleaning solutions below, beginning with the first one listed.
3) Pretest the cleaning solution on an inconspicuous spot of carpet to ensure it does not discolor or damage the carpet.
4) Apply the cleaning solution to the stain area. Work from the outside of the stain toward the center.
5) Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the spill for at least five minutes.
6) Blot with a clean white cloth until no more stain transfers to the cloth. Do not rub the stain area or you might damage the carpet fibers.
7) Rinse with cold water. Be sure all cleaning solution is removed from carpet.
If you can still see the stain, repeat the process until either the stain is removed or the stain no longer transfers to the cloth.
9) If the stain remains, try the next solution on the list and follow the same protocol above. If the stain persists after trying each solution listed, contact a professional cleaner.
10) Once the stain is removed, place layers of white paper towel on the site to absorb any moisture. Weight down the towels with a non-staining glass or ceramic object. You can let them sit overnight.
11) When the carpet is dry, vacuum to restore the texture.
Cleaning Solutions for Shoe Polish
Mix 1/4 teaspoon mild liquid dish soap with one cup warm water.
Important - Always read and follow the care instructions and any warnings provided by the carpet manufacturer. Rugs and carpets with natural fibers and/or certain dyes may require special treatment. If in doubt contact a cleaning professional for advice/service. Also follow these General Rules for stain treatment.
Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply isopropyl rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dish washing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water; examples of safe detergents are Dawn® and Joy®.) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
How to Remove Shoe Polish Stains From:
Carpet (synthetic or wool)
Scrape (the method of using a dull tool to gently lift off excess solid or caked-on stains) to remove as much excess as possible. Sponge the stain with a concentrated solution of carpet shampoo or apply Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover. Continue sponging the area, rinsing the cloth or sponge in clear water as it picks up the stain. Repeat until no more stain is removed.
|Thanks, Amanda. I took the easy way out and called the carpet cleaners who will be here at about 4pm today. They told me no to touch it. It appears that most of what is on Fozzie can be cut out. So much for a clean holiday picture.
I know it's my fault that I didn't move the shoe polish esp since I noticed that he has seemed to be interested in the boxes. So on top of feeling like crap, hating my job, feeling useless, I'm an idiot today
|Maybe he is black from the coal in his stocking
he can be the example of the naughty list and annie can be the nice list
|Did he eat any? Is it toxic?|
|I think Foz is ok. He bit into the shoe polish which was in tube form. I think he just stuck his face and paw in it to check it out. More of it is definitely on my carpet. I sent him outside while Annie and I laughed at the carpet. No wonder she had come up to the office to sit with me on the couch while I was on the phone. She wasn't going to be party to his naughtiness.|
|Oh wow... sounds like a bad day for sure.
I hope you feel better soon, and I hope all the stains come out.
I have had a similar experience, Dancer got into black hair dye after my daughter dyed her hair. Nail polish remover got it out.
I just kept soaking with nail polish remover and blotting it with papaer towel to soak it up.
|Oh poor Stacy!!!! Just remember, one day you'll back on this and laugh.|
Yea, one day it will be funny.
|Ok maybe London isn't quite so bad.
Hope it all comes out and off of the dog and the carpet.
|Is it too soon to ask for pictures?|
|Oh, Val - I'm glad you asked. I didn't want to be the evil one!
Stacy - I hope your stain comes out and Foz has a better evening.
|I hope Stacy has a better evening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!|
|Did it come out?!|
|No, pictures My camera wasn't charged and I wanted to at least try to get some of the polish off Fozzie's chin. Now I'm mad at myself because it was quite humorous...for a moment. Oh well. The carpet guys came and I they did a TERRIFIC job. I can't even see the black polish which was in like a 2x3 foot area. There's now $100 less in my bank account I believe I only paid twice that to have all the carpet cleaned only 3 weeks ago )
NAUGHTY FOZZIE! Bad Mommy for not moving the polish sooner and allowing him to take it. Bad Annie for not reprimanding Fozzie when appropriate
I called and told Steve. He actually laughed right off the bat. We probably couldn't gotten away without telling him. I'm kind of glad he wasn't home when this happened.
|Too bad they couldn't steam clean the pooch...that might be worth the $100|
Too bad they couldn't steam clean the pooch...that might be worth the $100
I asked, but we actually use a company called ChemDry. My Mom has used them for years. I'm sure it's bad for the environment but they sure do get carpets clean
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