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Cleaning Products/Tips

Wherever Carpet Odor Occurs, Start Fresh with either Fresh Start or Fresh Start Plus.

Fresh Start PLUS
Fresh Start
Carpet Care Tips

Fresh Start Plus foam

You’re in Control with
Fresh Start Plus

Leave it in the container after opening for 30 days of continuous use.
  Pull the foam up out of the container for very high intensity.
  It can be rejuvenated to approximately 80% of its original strength with tap water.
  Even after this second cycle, Fresh Start Plus will remain effective for a year as a sachet.
  Use the foam sachet in a vacuum cleaner bag or canister (by vacuuming over several cut pieces) to keep it and the room fresh.

Fresh Start Plus can be used anywhere odors may be a problem: fire restoration, bathrooms, nursing homes, hospitals, hotel rooms, truck cabs, autos, airplanes, pet shops, kennels, dormitories, offices, elevators, conference rooms, bars, etc.


Fresh Start Powder

Refresh Instantly with
Fresh Start

Unique, surface-activated crystalline powder that releases a clean, pleasant scent while it absorbs unpleasant odors
  Fine crystalline powder is nearly invisible—no need to vacuum immediately
  Non-water soluble—so it won’t cake or clump when exposed to water or any type of moisture
  Reduces static electricity and annoying shocks, making your vacuum cleaner more efficient by helping to prevent dirt from clinging to carpet fibers
  USDA accepted, pet safe
  Each can will refresh approximately 1,000 sq. ft.


"Do-It-Yourself" Carpet Care

Vacuum your carpet regularly, and do not use liquid carpet shampoos to clean them. Ever wash your hair and forget to rinse out all the shampoo? The same thing happens to your carpet. The shampoo can’t be completely rinsed out—leaving a sticky residue that acts like a magnet, pulling the dirt from the bottom of your shoes. Use dry carpet cleaners instead. Stores selling vacuum cleaners carry dry carpet cleaners.

Getting out old shampoo becomes the trick. Rent a shampoo machine that cleans with water. Mix 1 cup white vinegar per 2½ gallons of water and clean according to directions. Go back over the carpet with warm water only. The vinegar pulls out the old shampoo, cleaning the carpet as well. It may take a time or two, but your carpets will be soft and free from grime. The hot water reactivates the shampoo already in the carpet, providing the needed cleansing action.


Stains in carpet can be a hassle to remove. Never rub a stain, just blot with a clean, white towel. Rubbing breaks down the fibers and spreads the stain.

Club soda generally removes red wine stains.

Remove red dye stains (found in drink mixes, Popsicles, dog and cat food) with a 3 to 1 solution of water to hydrogen peroxide. Remember, peroxide is bleach, so test an inconspicuous spot first for color fastness. Apply the mixture, wait 30 minutes, then remove as much moisture as possible and rinse with a vinegar/water solution. If the stain remains, add a bit more peroxide to the mixture and retreat.

Remove most food stains with shaving cream. Spray on and resist the temptation to rub it in, then let it set for 15 minutes. Rinse with a white vinegar and water solution. Brake cleaner also does a good, quick job of removing most food stains. Dab a little on a clean cloth and gently blot the stain. Rinse with soap and water. Brake cleaner contains the same chemical professional dry cleaners use to clean stains in clothing. Do not pour brake cleaner directly into the carpet. It could dissolve the adhesive holding the fibers in the carpet.


The majority of food stains can be removed by mixing equal parts of white vinegar and
water in a spray bottle, applying the solution to the stain, then rinsing with clear water and blotting to remove excess moisture. Applicable to: beer, blood, catsup, cheese, coffee, cola, tea, vomit.

Oops, the dog had an accident and the urine stain and smell refuse all attempts at removal. First try an enzyme product. Pour on enough to saturate to the pad and treat an area twice as large as the stain. Urine hits the pad and spreads. Let it set a couple of hours. You’ll find enzyme products at pet stores, RV or marine stores. They are used in the holding tanks to dissolve solid material.

Should that not remove all the stain or odor, baking soda and peroxide remain your best hope. Mix a solution of 3 to 1 water to peroxide adding 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda per cup of mixture. Yes, it bubbles and fizzles, but not before removing the stain and smell. Always test a spot first for colorfastness. Peroxide is bleach and may discolor the carpet. Blot up what you can with an old towel and rinse well with 1/3 cup vinegar per quart of water.

Oil, Grease, and Ballpoint Ink

These can be difficult to remove. Most janitorial companies or department stores carry a product called
De-Solv-it. WD40 or Orange Clean also work wonders at removing these stubborn stains. Rubbing alcohol removes ink. Blot on, allow to set 30 minutes and blot to remove. Rinse with sudsy water.


Freeze gum with ice cubes and chip off what you can with the blunt side of a kitchen knife. De-Solv-it removes the rest.


Freeze with ice and chip off what you can with the blunt side of a knife. Then set your iron to a low to medium heat. The less heat you use, the less chance of scorching your carpet. Take a white paper towel or paper bag with no writing on it (the dye will transfer to the carpet). Put the towel down on top of the wax and iron the towel for no longer than two seconds. Move the towel and redo if necessary. Generally once is enough.

Wax needs heat for removal but some of the newer carpets are quite sensitive to heat and scorch easily, so test an out-of-the-way spot first. You can also use a hair dryer set to the hottest setting.


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