Soda spills are a common household mishap, particularly in homes with small children. If the fizzy liquid seeps into the fibres of the carpet, it can leave more than a sticky residue behind. Many sodas contain artificial colours that can leave unsightly stains on fabrics. Red and orange sodas leave marks that can be particularly difficult to clean. Nonetheless, armed with a few household items and a lot of patience, even soaked-in stains can be removed. As with all stains, the process will be much easier if begun when the spill is still fresh.
Place a paper towel over the stain. Press down firmly, wicking up as much of the soda as possible. Replace soiled towels as needed. Repeat until the paper towel comes away dry.
Combine 1 1/2 tsp of white distilled vinegar and 1 1/2 tsp of liquid dish washing soap. Pour 1 cup of warm water over the soap mixture. Stir briskly until a light lather is formed.
Dip a soft, white cloth into the soap solution. Wring the material firmly to get rid of any excess fluid. Dab the stain with the moist material. Work from the outside edge toward the centre, blotting gently as you go. When the entire stain has been treated, stroke the affected area gently, moving the cloth with the nap of the fibres to loosen sticky sugar residue.
Wipe the soap away with a damp cloth. Press a paper towel against the affected area to soak up any excess moisture.
Cover any remaining stains with a white cloth that has been saturated in soap solution. Plug in a standard household iron and adjust the setting to low. Wait for the iron to warm then place it on top of the cloth. Do not apply pressure to the iron. Leave the iron in place for 15 minutes. Replace the cloth and repeat until the stain is gone.
Apply 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide to the stain with a soft cloth as a last resort. When exposed to light, peroxide breaks down into oxygen and water, therefore rinsing is not necessary. Use this remedy with caution. While peroxide is a reliable stain remover, it can also remove dyes, lightening fibres and fabrics in the process.
Test any treatment in an out of the way area before applying it to the stain.