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How to remove bile stains from wool carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Bile, described as a yellowish-green matter produced in the liver, can stick to the carpet and can become a difficult stain to remove. Be it pet or human bile, this substance is made up of organic matter containing acids that are essential for digestion and absorption. It is these very same acids and organic matter that can damage the carpet, permanently discolouring and ruining carpet fibres if left without proper cleaning. Avoid unnecessary damage and permanent staining on the carpet by using the proper cleansing methods.

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  1. Sprinkle 136 g (1/2 cup) of table salt over the bile stain and leave on the carpet for 1 to 2 hours. Follow up by removing the bile and salt with a vacuum cleaner.

  2. Blot any remaining bile stains with cool water and a white cotton cloth or sponge. Never rub bile or any other stain into the carpet as it will damage the carpet fibres and leave permanent stains.

  3. Continue blotting the bile with 136 g (1/2 cup) of salt and water. Sprinkle baking soda on the area to remove any leftover residue and odour. Allow the baking soda to set on the stain for several hours.

  4. Spray a carpet cleaner solvent onto a white cloth and use it to blot the bile stain. Press down or stand on the towels so that the cleaner can fully absorb the stains from the carpet fibres.

  5. With a wet/dry vacuum cleaner, flush the stains with water and suck out. This should further remove all bile stain traces without causing unnecessary damage to the carpet.

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Things You'll Need

  • 136 g (1/2 cup) of table salt
  • 118 ml (1/2 cup) of water
  • Carpet cleanser
  • Baking soda
  • White cloth or paper towel
  • Wet/dry vacuum cleaner

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