Being very common, juice spills often stain carpets. Removing these stains can be very challenging, especially if they are old. In an effort to help you remove juice stains, we at D&M Carpet Cleaning would like to share a few methods.
How to Clean Spilled Juice Stains on Carpet
Should the juice spill be new and still wet it is a much easier problem to resolve. Ensure to extract as much of the moisture as possible to begin removing the juice stain. It is more optimal to remove the excess moisture if you have access to a shop-vac. You can also soak up the spill with paper towels in the event you don’t have a shop-vac. While avoiding water as it may set the stain, be sure to use cold water and pour it onto the spill to dilute the juice. Repeat removing the diluted juice with a shop-vac or paper towels as you go to prevent oversaturation. Continue repeating the process until the stain has dissipated. In the event the stain is still wet and still has a visible stain left behind, be sure to cover the area in salt and let it dry overnight. After it is dry, vacuum the salt which should have absorbed much of the remaining color. Should you still have a stain left behind, follow the steps below to finish removal of the stain.
How to Get Dried, Set In Juice Stains Out of Carpet
Depending on the condition of the carpet and severity of the stain, dried juice stains are still capable of being removed and is more challenging to remove. Usually between 3-4 on the pH scale, the juice stains are actually acidic. To remove an acidic spill, use an alkaline cleaner as the most effective way. It is typically suggested to use vinegar to remove a juice stain. This method is generally ineffective because of the acidic nature of vinegar. You will have much greater success using ammonia. Using 8 parts water and 1 part ammonia, prepare a solution. With a white rag soaked in the solution blot the stain while avoiding rubbing it or it will fray and damage carpet. Also avoid pouring the solution into the carpet to leave as little ammonia in the carpet as possible. Continue to blot the stain with a rag soaked in ammonia until you can no longer get any more of the stain out. Combine a paste of 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water if there is still a stain left behind, as you completely cover the stain in the paste, working it in gently. To remove some of the stain after it is dry, vacuum the baking soda, repeat until the remainder of the stain is removed. Once you are finished or have removed as much of the stain as possible, rinse the area with cold water and extract with a shop-vac or paper towels. To get as much cleaning solution out of the carpet as possible you may repeat several times. Cover the area with a stack of paper towels and place a heavy object over it. Thoroughly vacuum, after they are dry. You will likely need to hire a professional if you still have a stain at this point in order to remove the remaining color from your carpet to avoid causing more harm than good with home remedies.
Be Cautious: Do not use ammonia on wool carpet or other delicate fabrics such as oriental rugs. Always test any solution in a small inconspicuous area first.