Getting Orange and Grape Juice Stains Removed from Carpet

orange juice stains

Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of daily life or good old-fashioned clumsiness, there is nothing you can do to prevent accidents. Have you ever had an entire punch bowl spill in a ballroom or an urn of coffee drop on the carpet?

Well, we have assisted with many of these situations! So if you ever find your hotel in one of these sticky situations follow these easy steps to help you and your staff clean up juice (orange, grape, apple, and more) stains to keep your carpet clean and spot-free!

Juice Spill and Spot Removal

If your guest spills juice in the middle of your lobby carpet, hallway, guestroom, banquet floor, etc. don’t panic and follow these steps!

Step 1: Act Quickly!

Delayed reaction time may cause the spill to become a permanent stain. Blot the affected area with a dry, white absorbent cloth or paper towels.

Step 2: Pretest Solutions

Disclaimer: Pretest any spot removal solution in a small, hard to see area before using to treat the spill. If you don’t, you could wind up damaging or ruining the carpet or fabric. Watch for color transfer to the cloth or any damage to the carpet. If a change or damage occurs, try a different solution.

*Solution opinions are listed below!

After testing these solutions on a small area, use one on the spill or spot. If it works, keep using it. If not, move on to the next recommended cleaning solution.

Step 3: Apply Solution

Apply a slight amount of the solution to a white cloth. Be sure to work it in gently and never rub into the carpet. To prevent spreading move from the edges of the spill to the center. Allow time to let the solution sit on the spill for a few minutes, then blot. Don’t forget to be patient!

Step 4: Patience

Continue to use the first agent as long as there is a transfer of the spill on to the cloth. Remember to be patient! Complete removal of any stain may require repeating the same step several times. If there is no change you may need to move on to the next solution.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

When the spill has been completely removed, rinse the area with lukewarm water with a mist-type spray bottle. Repeat until any residue left by the solution has been washed away. Lastly, blot with a dry cloth until all moisture is removed. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Solution Types

Detergent Solution

Mix one-fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any kind or automatic dishwashing, because they may contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Vinegar Solution

Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills.

Ammonia Solution

Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Warm Water

Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Further Assistance? Call a Professional

Need additional assistance? Please contact us for further assistance or with any questions you and your staff might have during your day-to-day cleaning. We are here ANYTIME, 24/7/365, through phone, email, text, or our website’s chat feature.

Removing Makeup Stains Left By Guests

clean makeup stains

Removing makeup stains from fabric can be tricky business unless you are aware of a few simple tricks. Anyone who has ever used nail polish knows it’s only a matter of time before the bottle of polish gets spilled on the carpet or furniture.

Eliminating those unwanted eyesores can be a constant, never-ending battle that will ultimately hurt your reputation. Knowing the best method for removing make-up stains can save you a lot of time, money, and customer complaints.

Makeup Removal Steps

Act quickly! Staining is influenced by many factors; and no carpet, upholstery, or fabric surface is completely stain proof.

Always read the instructions on any cleaning product and test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure no damage to the fabric, dye, or fibers.

Step 1: Scrape or blot excess. Gently scrape up semi-solids with a rounded spoon. Break up solids and vacuum.

Step 2: Apply a small amount of the solution to a white cloth (see below for solution details), and work in gently. Do not rub, working from the edges of the spill to the center. Allow to remain on the spill a few minutes. Be patient. Blot.

Step 3: Use the first agent as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. Be patient. Complete removal may require repeating the same step several times. Or, you may need to move to the next solution.

Step 4: Rinse the area with cold water when the spill is completely removed; blot with a dry cloth until all moisture is removed.

To minimize drying time, a dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute.

Detergent Solution
Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (fluorescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Warm Water
Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Solvent
A non-flammable spot removal solution, or dry cleaning type solvent, is preferred. Exercise caution when using a solvent. Never pour it directly onto the carpet or allow it to reach the backing. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Call a Professional
Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question.

How To Remove Gum From Carpet and Fabric in 7 Easy Steps

removing gum from carpet

Many people enjoy chewing gum. Unfortunately, gum usually ends up in places it’s not supposed to, which can reflect poorly on your hotel if not treated properly.

Gum can be one of the more difficult routine cleaning tasks – due to its sticky nature. So how do you quickly eliminate gum when it’s so hard to get rid of?

Gum Removal Steps

Act quickly! Staining is influenced by many factors; and no carpet, upholstery or fabric surface is completely stain proof.

Always read the instructions on any cleaning product and test it on a small, inconspicuous area first to ensure no damage to the fabric, dye, or fibers.

Step 1: Scrape excess gum. Start by taking a scraper and removing all excess gum. Be careful not to spread the gum deeper into the carpet. Also, it’s especially important to be careful and not damage the fibers with excessive rubbing or scraping.

Step 2: Poke holes in the remaining gum. Do this to allow for the gum remover to absorb into the gum.

Step 3: Apply gum remover. Let sit for 2 minutes to absorb. Acceptable solvents include Carbona®, Energine®, K2R®, Goof-Off®, etc.

Step 4: Extract with hot water. You can also remove with a warm damp cloth.

Step 5: Saturate area with detergent. When you no longer see any material (after Step 4), apply detergent to the area.

Step 6: Agitate and flush. Agitate the detergent into the carpet with a bone scraper and then flush it with water.

Step 7: Extract or blot dry. And the gum or adhesive will be completely removed with your carpet as good as new.

Don’t let left-behind chewing gum ruin your carpets and furniture. Start passing those Quality Assurance Inspections and get your Guest Tracking Scores where they belong by calling Renue Systems® of Georgia.

Something to be Thankful for

Renue Systems

Renue Systems® of Georgia is very appreciative of the relationships we have developed with our customers to help make them and their properties SHINE. If we can help you and your property maintain the strong appearance you deserve do not hesitate to contact us.

We’re available 24 hours 7 days a week!

Pet & Cooking Odor in Hotel Guestrooms

Bringing pets on vacations is increasing in importance among hotel guests. At the same time, many extended stay hotels have kitchens which guests utilize. We can take care of odors and other debris resulting from these two situations. As shown in this accompanying picture a key step in the process is defogging the room.

The Challenges Of Tile & Grout Cleaning

While tile and grout by nature of their interconnections must be cleaned together, they actually are two very different substances that are best treated in dissimilar manners. Commonly composed of porcelain or ceramic, tile is extremely durable, smooth, and water-resistant whereas grout, typically sanded cement-based, is irregular and porous. These disparate qualities are complicated further by the fact that grout is usually housed below the surface of the tile.

A tile’s appearance can be enhanced through a daily process of mopping with a water and soap-based solution. Unless the contents of the mop bucket are changed frequently so that clean water is always used, the tile may look clean but the soil will be simply redistributed to the porous grout – which is much more difficult to clean. Grout is best cleaned professionally using a multi-step process consisting of the following:

  • Pre-spraying with a detergent to loosen the soil and enhance the appearance of the grout lines,
  • Scrubbing the tile and grout with a rotary scrubber delivering 1200 psi of high-temperature water mixed with a starter detergent to accelerate soil release,
  • Cleaning and neutralizing the surface with a pH balanced solution and clean water rinse to remove the residues from the cleaning agents and leave the tile floor free from chemical build-up that would otherwise leave a haze,
  • Repairing, if necessary, all grout with a color matching sanded grout, and
  • Sealing each grout line with a water-based sealer.

 

An important sidenote: very often grout lines are so dirty and they have been that way so long that property personnel thinks the darkened appearance is its natural color when in reality the discoloring is due to excessive dirt. One way to determine grout’s natural color is to compare a heavily trafficked area to a much less walked on one (such as in a corner of the room or under a loose carpet). You may be surprised at what you find!

Feel free to contact us at info@renuesystemsga.com with any questions or for a complimentary demonstration.

Red wine or drink spot on your carpet?

red wine stains

Here is a simple procedure that will likely improve the appearance of your carpet, although the sooner you take action on the spot the better the results. Saturate the area with dye remover. Cover with a white cotton or paper towel and apply steam with a steam iron for 15-20 seconds per pressing. Notice the unwanted color transfer to the towel. Keep the spot saturated during transfers and move to a clean area of the towel each pressing until the dye is completely removed or the transfer stops. Flush with water and blot dry. One note of caution: test the carpet in an inconspicuous area before attempting on the entire surface.