How to Remove Berry Stains
By Steve Gillman
Whether or not you can remove berry stains from carpet depends
on the type of berry as well as how long the stain has been there.
It is always best to clean up spills as quickly as possible,
preferably before they become stains. But let's assume you discovered
the stain long after it happened. Here are some steps to try.
Try water first. A spay bottle is most convenient for this.
Just spray the area and soak up the moisture by blotting it out
using white paper towels or a white cotton cloth. Repeat this
as long as you still see stain transferring to the cloth or paper
towel. Then, assuming there is still some in the carpet, move
on to the next step.
Add a few drops of dish washing detergent (plain Dawn works
best) to a cup of warm water and apply this mixture a little
at a time to the spot, soaking it up with paper towels or cotton
cloth between the applications. Continue this until the berry
stain is removed or until you get no more transfer to the cloth.
Apply water with a little at a time and blot it up, repeating
this until the detergent is removed.
Dry the spot by stacking white paper towels on it with some
weight on them. You might also remove these after an hour and
place a fan where it will blow over the area for a few hours.
Quick drying will sometimes prevent stain that is further down
in the fibers from migrating back to the tops of fibers where
it will become visible again.
If you happen to have a wet/dry shop-vac, you can flush the
area more thoroughly with water to start, sucking it out and
reapplying it repeatedly. Be careful not to add too much at one
time so you don't spread the stain.
Some people have been able to remove stains caused by berries
with hydrogen peroxide. The plain grocery store kind (3%) can
work, but test it in a hidden corner somewhere first, to see
if it alters the color of the fibers. Then apply the hydrogen
peroxide carefully using a cotton swab, and dry the area well
afterward. (Generally you don't need to rinse the hydrogen peroxide
out too thoroughly, because it turns into plain water after a
If anything remains you might need the help of a professional
carpet cleaner, or the stains could be permanent.