Sunday, August 17, 2008

Getting Red Stains out of Carpet

Last week my daughter dumped a half full cherry slurpie on my grandparents carpet. I panicked. I scrubbed for a half hour. It looked like it was pretty much gone. The next morning, I woke up to find the spot brighter than ever. I found a great way to get out red stains. Just follow these instructions..
First, use a shop-vac to suck some of the juice out, if you can get to the stain quickly. This can stop the spill from entering the carpet fibers. Getting out some or all of the remaining stain takes time.
Start with Dawn dishwashing detergent - the original blue type. Add five or six drops to two cups of warm water. Dampen a white cotton cloth with this solution and lay it over the stain. Then place a clothes iron on top of it, set on "low".
Let this sit for fifteen minutes, and don't press down. The red stain will start to wick up into the cloth. You should see red on the cloth. Fold it to use a clean part or apply a new cloth, and repeat the process.
It takes patience to get red stains out of carpet, but even year-old red stains have been removed using this method. Repeat the process again and again until there is no more transfer of the red stain to the cloth. Rinse the spot with water, blot it up, and dry it quickly. Quick drying prevents any stain deeper down from wicking up to the surface.
I give this method 5 out of 5 stars!
Have you tried this? Do you have a better method? Leave a comment so you can tell me

Now what do you think about that?


amberleahorsefly said...

This is very useful information! My kid is constantly spilling stuff! Thanks for the tip!

Therese said...

Well said.