How to remove blueberry stains from carpet

Written by allison boelcke
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Blueberries contain a dark coloured inner flesh with concentrated juice that can soak into materials and form a stubborn stain. Although blueberries are a natural item, they stain as deeply as artificial dyes. If you get a blueberry stain on your carpet, especially a light coloured carpet, you'll have to go through a precise regime to effectively remove it. As long as you treat the stain gently and patiently, you can at least drastically reduce it if not get your carpet back to its original condition.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 tbsp liquid dish detergent
  • Large bowl
  • White cloth
  • 1 tbsp ammonia
  • Sponge

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Fill a large bowl with 2 cups of warm water. Add 1 tbsp of liquid dish detergent and gently mix it into the water.

  2. 2

    Dip a white cloth into the detergent mixture. Wring the cloth out so it's thoroughly moistened without dripping, and place it directly onto the blueberry stain.

  3. 3

    Dab the dampened cloth gently into the blueberry stain until the carpet completely absorbs the liquid. Dip the cloth back into the detergent mixture, and dab at the stain again until the blueberry stain is gone or at least lightened.

  4. 4

    Fill another large bowl with 2 cups of cold water, and add in 1 tbsp of ammonia if the blueberry stain is still in the carpet. Dip another white cloth into the ammonia mixture, and lightly dab at the stain until the carpet soaks up the ammonia mixture and the blueberry stain is gone.

  5. 5

    Dampen a clean sponge with cold water. Dab at the wet spot with the sponge to absorb any of the remaining detergent or ammonia mixtures. Use a clean white cloth to gently dry up any excess liquid on the carpet.

Tips and warnings

  • Treat the blueberry stain as soon as possible for the best chances of removing it completely.
  • Never use a coloured cloth to clean a stain because the dyes in the cloth could discolour your carpet.
  • Do not scrub at the blueberry stain or the pressure will force the stain further down into the carpet fibres.

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