Removing Shoe Polish from Carpet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Textile car expert Christopher Myers demonstrates how to spot clean a carpet, including how to remove shoe polish from carpet.

    Christopher Myers

    Christopher Myers is the founder and Chairman of the textile care company Christopher’s, Inc. Christopher’s specialty is in the care of maintenance of high-end textiles. Christopher has studied the science and art behind fabric protection and effective cleaning and spot removal since 1992 when he conceived of the idea of a company that could offer true comprehensive long term care of carpets, upholstery and rugs used in or outside of the home. Today, his client list includes the Who’s Who of Washington’s political and business worlds. Christopher has been invited to give textile care presentations to the area’s top designers, whom he considers partners in creating and maintaining the aesthesis of client’s homes. He holds numerous certifications from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning & Restoration (IICRC) and has become a recognized Senior Textile Inspector.

    Christopher Meyers: Hi! This is Christopher Meyers from Christophers Incorporated in Merrifield, Virginia, and in this next segment we are going to talk about removing shoe polish from carpeting.

    So, first off we are going to actually apply some shoe polish to our carpet, thats pretty good. Probably you wont have a shoe polish spot that bad, but for the sake of demonstration its a good thing to do. So, we have our shoe polish spot, we have done our pre-test; everything is fine we are ready to go. So, with shoe polish you need your solvent cleaner that you got at your local hardware store or perhaps even a carpet manufacturer has some that they can sell you, and you apply the solvent to the towel, not to the spot itself, okay. What we are going to do is we are going to come across each row, and just apply it on to there so you can see its already transferring on to the towel, and this can be a tedious process, but with patience you will be successful. And again, we are pressing down and we are not rubbing, we are agitating this slightly just to get the polish to -- so we can get to where the polish is rather.

    We continue to work our towel, obviously we dont want to use the same spot that we just used so we move to a clean section of the towel every time that we do this and we just work row-by-row, rowby-row. We are still getting a lot of that out of that, again very tedious. Id say if I describe the action, I would call a dabbing action, not rubbing though, never rub.

    Now, the reason that you dont want to apply the solvent to the carpet itself is because solvent will dissolve things and what you do not want it to dissolve is the backing of your carpet because that is a big, big problem and its called delamination. In other words, it separates the -- if the adhesive that holds the backing and the fibers of the carpet together dissolves, there is nothing there to hold the fibers any longer.

    So, we dont want to pour the solvent directly on the carpet unless you happened to have an extraction machine so that you can dilute and extract that solvent as in the case of a professional cleaner.

    Again never rub, dab and only dab when you absolutely need to like in this procedure. Usually its blot, only blot. Okay, looks good, now we are going to work over the whole thing.

    The residual, you are still getting some off so we have to continue. So, its pretty good. So, we would normally continue doing this a few more times until there is not this much, maybe half of this much showing, but for the sake of this video we are going to go to the next step, which would be to dilute this and in this what we are going to use is our detergent cleaner and again we are just diluting the solvent. So, we are just applying our detergent directly to where the spot was and we are going to use our clean white absorbent towel and we are going to blot.

    The downward pressure with two fingers and moving the towel each time to see if we are getting -- see we are still getting some polish off and thats of course because we kind of skipped the last two blot or solvent steps with that, but for the sake of the video and to see what the procedure is you can see what's going on.

    So, even without finishing the last two steps I would call this successful. Now, but the camera may not show or it may show I dont know, but these looped pile has been pressed by all of the blotting that we have done to it. So, what we are going to do is use the rounded edge of a spoon and go in between each row and push these loops back into place so that they look more like the surrounding field of the carpeting, and you go row-by-row. Again, exercise patience, and when you finish your carpet looks great, you can pat yourself on the back you did a great job and thats it for a movie shoe polish from carpeting.