Children are our greatest treasures, but if one gets loose with a glass of juice in a carpeted area, you may be left wondering about getting out that juice spill in your carpet. Today, ACME Clean Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning in Denver would like to offer a little help if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
Getting a juice stain out of your carpet isn’t as difficult as you might think. It just takes a little patience and the right tools. If you can get to the stain when it is a fresh spill, that is even better, although we will also provide ways to deal with an old stain. An old stain is going to be a bit more difficult, but again, with a bit of extra patience and the right tools, you have a good chance of getting it out.
For a Fresh Spill
Step 1: Remove as much of the liquid as possible. A shop vac is best for this, but if you don’t have one start soaking it up with paper towels or rags.
Step 2: Add COLD water. Don’t use hot water or you could end up setting the stain more solidly. Use the shop vac again or soak up the water with paper towels. Repeat until you either can’t see the stain or no more color is coming out.
Step 3: If the stain persists, cover with salt and let it dry for several hours or overnight. Once completely dry, vacuum up the salt. There shouldn’t be any color left at this point, but if there is, you can move onto the following steps.
For a Dried Spill
Dried spills are a bit harder to remove but not impossible. Keep in mind that juice is acidic with most falling somewhere around 3-4 on the pH scale. Sometimes it is recommended to use vinegar to clean stains, but it is also acidic, and an alkaline cleaner such as ammonia will be most effective in this case. Just be sure to test a little on your carpet first to ensure that the ammonia won’t damage it.
Step 1: Mix 8 parts of water together with 1 part of ammonia. Soak a white rag in the solution and use it to blot (don’t scrub or rub) the stain. Also, don’t pour the solution into the carpet to avoid an excess of ammonia in your carpet.
Step 2: If there is still a stubborn bit of stain left, cover the area with a paste made of 1 part baking soda and three parts water and vacuum it up once it’s dry.
Step 3: Once the stain is gone, or you can’t remove any more color, rinse the carpet well with cold water, vacuuming or sopping up the water with paper towels or clean rags. Then cover the spot with paper towels and leave with a heavy object on top until it is dry.
If the carpet stain persists after all of this, feel free to give the friendly folks at ACME Clean in Denver a call. We are professionals at getting out that juice spill in your carpet and will leave it looking as good as new!