Apologies if this question is posted in the wrong NG!! What is the
best way to get black shoe polish out of a brand new carpet?
Paul the D
'You're a big man, but you're out of shape. With me it's a full time job. Now
With another brand new carpet.
Some things to try.
First off, the old iron and paper towel trick,. This gets fats and waxes
Then try wax solvents. Start with simple things like washing up liquid
to dissolve it. Then move on through solvents like white spirit,
methanol/ethanol, lighter fluid, cleaning solvents like carbon
tetrachloride (dry cleaining fluid) and then some of the xylene/acetone
(cellulose thnners/nail varnish remover) type ones. Hopefully one will
dissolve the waxy substrate enough to leave you with a slightly darker
area full of solvent, that can be washed out with washing up liquid or
carpet shampoo, and HOT water.
Dry off with old T-shirts etc or more kitchen towels.
I don't think you can remove it completely.
If the carpet is brand new, you will likely have some offcuts?
Make a (square)template of scrap plywood or similar, about an inch bigger
across than the stained area.
Using a sharp carpet knife, and holding the template very firmly in place,
cut out the stained area.
Using the same template, cut out a matching piece from a suitably sized
offcut, and use double-faced tape to hold it in place. The tape should not
go under just the patch - half of it should be under the edges of the hole.
Fluff up and blend the pile at the join.
Now behave yourself.'
If the carpet is new (and probably hideously expensive) then don't do
anything to it that might jeopardise an insurance claim - in fact it's
probably worth talking to your contents insurers and asking for their
We had a new carpet in a guest room, and a young guest borrowed an iron and
burnt a neat shape in the carpet. At this point it was claimable on the
insurance but he went on to try and cover it up by cutting another piece out
from under the bed and fitting it into the iron shape. Now we have two
holes and as a deliberate act no longer claimable ! Teenagers don't you love
On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 07:59:15 +0000 (UTC), "Andrew Mawson"
Little wonder that insurance premiums continue on a ballistic
trajectory. In the good old days of low insurance premiums the
insurers didn't have to cough up so much and if a little accident
happened in the home it was a case of "hard luck son!".
On Thu, 18 Dec 2003 09:03:02 +0000 (UTC), firstname.lastname@example.org (Sam Nelson)
Sorry, I probably put my POV badly ;)
I was leaning towards the idea that in this day and age people seem to
reach for the insurance company as the first point of call, and that
tends to put prices up for everyone. We live in a bit of a blame
culture society where the only winners are the lawyers.
You must have more luck than me. On the odd occasion where I think I
should claim for something, I end up paying for it myself to stop them
simply putting up the premium next time. Or they find a good reason - to
them - why I'm not covered.
Still, someone has to pay for all those TV ads, so I suppose I get my
premiums back in a different way.
*Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it.
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW 12
Done that too!
Used Vanish carpet cleaner. The spray foam.
Worked in with a sponge and warm water.
Dried with kitchen towel ( folded and pressed down to soak up the
water) and repeated until it was gone.
Took a while.
Don't rub, gentle work into the fibres.
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