Drinks, such as grape and cranberry juice, can leave a nasty red stain on carpet if immediate action does not occur to remove the stain while it remains fresh. A dried, set-in juice stain is virtually impossible to remove. The best chance of stain removal success is to tackle the spot while it is still damp to the touch. Once a stain dries, you may need to call a professional carpet cleaner for successful stain removal to occur.
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Things you need
- White vinegar
- Oxidising bleach carpet cleaner that contains hydrogen peroxide or sodium percarbonate
- Rubber gloves
Blot the area using a towel. Continue to blot until all excessive moisture has been absorbed into the cloth. Immediately wash the cloth in the washing machine if you wish to save it without irreparable staining.
Sprinkle salt over the remaining damp spot, and allow it to remain on the area for one hour. Vacuum the spot to remove the salt crystals. If the stain persists, repeat the process.
Spray straight white vinegar onto the stain and blot with a warm rag if you do not have salt available. Continue to spray and blot the area until the stain is lifted.
Spray the stained area with an oxidising bleach-based carpet cleaner that contains hydrogen peroxide or sodium percarbonate if the stain persists despite applying salt and vinegar. Work the cleaner into the carpet using a warm, damp rag. When the stain finally disappears, use a warm rag to blot and wipe away the oxidising bleach from the carpet's surface. Press the rag firmly into the carpet so the solution is lifted from the carpet pad upward.
Tips and warnings
- Wear rubber gloves when working with oxidising bleach, because sensitive individuals may have a skin reaction to the substance.
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