Juice spills on carpets are very common. Juice can be challenging to remove from carpets. Today, we at Carpet Care 2000 would like to offer some recommendations to remove the juice stain from your carpet.
How to Remove Orange or Other Juice Spill
It is a much easier problem to resolve should the juice spill is new and still wet. To begin removing the juice, make sure to extract as much of moisture as possible. If you have access to a shop-vac, it is more ideal to remove the excess moisture. Should you don’t have a shop-vac, you can also soak up the spill with paper towels. Pour cold water, never use hot water as it may set the stain, onto the spill to dilute the juice. With a shop-vac or paper towels, repeat removing the diluted juice. Until the stain is either gone or no more color is coming out of the carpet, continue this process. Cover the area in salt and let it dry overnight, at this point if the stain is still wet and still has a visible stain left behind. Vacuum the salt which should have absorbed much of the remaining color once dry. Follow the steps below to finish removal of the stain should you still have a stain left behind.
How to Get Dried, Set In Juice Stains from Carpet
Being more difficult to remove, dried juice stains are still capable of being removed depending on the condition of the carpet and the severity of the stain. The juice stains are acidic, generally between 3-4 on the pH scale. Use an alkaline cleaner as the most effective way to remove an acidic spill. To remove a juice stain, it is often suggested to use vinegar. Since vinegar is also acidic, this method is typically ineffective. With ammonia, you will have much greater success. Make a solution of 1 part ammonia to 8 parts water. Don’t rub or it will fray and damage carpet fibers with a white rag soaked in the solution blot the stain. To leave as little ammonia in the carpet as possible, also avoid pouring the solution into the carpet. Until you can no longer get any more of the stain out, continue to blot the stain with a rag soaked in ammonia. Cover the stain completely in the paste working it in gently if there is still a stain left behind, mix a paste of 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water. Vacuum the baking soda which should remove some of the color after it is dry. Until no more color can be removed, repeat these steps. Rinse the area with cold water and extract with a shop-vac or paper towels after you are finished or have removed as much of the stain as possible. You may repeat several times to get as much cleaning solution out of the carpet as possible. With a stack of paper towels and place a heavy object over it, then cover the area. Leave until dry and then vacuum thoroughly. To remove the remaining color from your carpet to avoid causing more harm than good with home remedies, you will likely need to hire a professional if you still have a stain at this point.
Caution: When it comes to wool carpet or other delicate fabrics such as oriental rugs, do not use ammonia. In a small inconspicuous area first, always test any solution.