How to Clean Spilled Milk on a Carpet

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How to Clean Spilled Milk on a Carpet
Spilt milk is nothing to cry over. (Lisa Brewster:

While there's no use crying over spilt milk, there's no sense wasting time cleaning it up, either. If milk isn't cleaned up immediately, it can result in that notorious sour-milk smell that no one wants to deal with. Quick thinking is the best way to combat both a stain and a foul smell in this situation. Armed with the proper know-how, you'll find that cleaning up spilt milk is really no big deal.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Clean cloths
  • Cornmeal

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  1. 1

    Blot the spill immediately with paper towels or a clean cloth to remove as much excess liquid as possible.

  2. 2

    Scrub the area with a clean, damp cloth dipped in cold water to clean as much of the milk as possible out of the fibres.

  3. 3

    Use a clean, dry cloth to wipe the area dry; alternate between the damp and the dry cloth a few times to ensure that all the milk has been cleaned up.

  4. 4

    Sprinkle cornmeal over the affected area and allow it to sit for 20-30 minutes to absorb any residual moisture from the carpet.

  5. 5

    Vacuum up the cornmeal and check for a stain. Repeat the process if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • If the area stains, squeeze lemon juice on top of it and allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes before cleaning it up with a clean, damp cloth. Cover the area with baking soda and leave it overnight. Vacuum it up in the morning--both the stain and smell will be gone.

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