Cleaning Procedures for Polyester, Polyolefin, Cotton and Acrylic

Cleaning Procedures for Polyester, Polyolefin, Cotton and Acrylic
Cleaning Procedures for
Polyester, Polyolefin, Cotton and Acrylic Blends
Dry or wet soil can be easily removed with regular maintenance procedures
on fabrics of mixed fiber blends. Most spots and stains may be readily
removed by prompt, ordinary cleaning methods. Soiling from everyday use
is normal and periodic hot water extraction, or as needed, can return the
fabric to its original look.
1.
Treat spots and stains promptly. To prevent damage to the fabric and make cleaning easier, blot
wet spills with an absorbent white tissue, cloth or paper towel. If you find a hard crusty stain,
tap the spot to break up the encrustation so that you can remove as much of it as possible by
vacuuming. Spills and stains remaining on the fabric can cause odors.
2.
Try to determine the composition of the stain and then choose an appropriate cleaning agent as
suggested from the listing. Cleaning the entire surface area, rather than spot cleaning, is
recommended.
3.
Use the minimal amount of cleaning agent necessary to remove the stain. Triple rinse with
water, using a wet vacuum after each rinse. Blot thoroughly with a clean towel, then allow to air
dry. Cleaning agents remaining in the fabric will lead to increased soiling or odors.
4.
If a solvent is required for cleaning, apply it to a clean, white cloth. This cloth should then be
gently rubbed onto the stain. A separate clean, white cloth should then be pressed onto the fabric
to blot up the stain. Repeated applications may be required. Do not apply solvent directly to
the fabric or soak the fabric with a solvent. Read all warning labels prior to using any
chemical or solvent. Test solvent first in an inconspicuous area on the fabric. After spot
cleaning, clean entire surface area.
5.
If not successful, professional cleaning is recommended.
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Cleaning Procedures for
Polyester, Polyolefin, Cotton and Acrylic Blends
CLEANING AGENT
STAIN
Chocolate, Blood, Carbon Black
Grape Juice, Ink (Washable), Catsup
Berry Stain, Mucilage, Coffee
Vomit, Water Colors
Rubber Cement, Shoe Polish
Tea, Milk, Mustard, Gravy, Egg, Cola Drink
Butter, Linseed Oil, Nail Polish
Chewing Gum,
Crayon, Lipstick, Paint (Oil)
Beer, Urine
Wine
Paint (Latex)
Oil-Based
Iron Rust
Ink (Permanent/India/Ball Point)
Furniture Polish
(followed by Wet-Vac extraction)
1, 2, 3, 8
1, 2, 3, 8
1, 2, 8
1, 2, 6, 8
1, 2, 4
2, 8
2, 3, 4, 8
Freeze w / ice & flake off, 4
4 or 5, 8
2, 6, 8
1, 3, 6, 8
2, 3, possibly 4
2, 3, 4, 5
1, 2, 7
2, 6, 8
2, 6, 8
KEY TO CLEANING AGENTS
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Water
A detergent solution
A detergent/ammonia (3 – 6%) solution
A volatile-type solvent (example: Goof Off or Goo Gone)
Nail polish remover
Undiluted white vinegar
Oxalic or citric acids
Hot-water extraction. Apply clean water and vacuum until all detergents and
liquids are removed from fabric.
9. Professional cleaning may be desired if stains persist.
NOTE: This information is presented as a guide to the care and maintenance of fabrics made of olefin
fiber. It is based on best information available at present time and is subject to revision as additional
knowledge and experience becomes available. Proper care and maintenance of the fabric is recommended
to preserve the stain resistance properties of the fibers.
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