Remove Fruit Juice Stains
By Steve Gillman
Normally you can remove stains caused by fruit from carpet
without too much trouble, but it does depend on what kind of
juice was spilled, and the color of the carpet. Grapefruit juice
spills on beige carpets will barely be noticeable, for example
- unless it was ruby-red grapefruit. Here are the steps to take
for removing juice stains.
If you get it when it is still just a spill, it may not become
a stain. As quickly as you can soak up the liquid using undyed
paper towels (white ones) or a clean white cotton cloth. Grab
any towel or cloth if nothing else is available, but keep in
mind that some have dyes that can transfer to carpet, causing
Rinse the area with water repeatedly. Soak it up each time
with a clean cloth, paper towels, or using a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.
For most juices this should be enough. Now let's look at what
you can do if there is still some discoloring, or if the juice
dried before you discovered it.
If the spot has dried, wet it with a little water and follow
the procedure above. If there still is a stain, mix a few drops
of dish washing detergent with a few ounces of water and apply
this in three parts, working it in gently and blotting it up
with a clean white cotton cloth or white paper towels between
applications. If you're still seeing transfer of the stain to
the cloth, make another batch and continue the process. If you
see no more transfer, the remaining stain might be permanent,
but call a professional cleaner to be sure.
Once you have done the cleaning, rinse the spot with plain
water several times, until the detergent is all out. Blot up
the moisture each time. Weighted paper towels (white only) will
soak up much or the remaining water. Replace the paper towels
with fresh ones as they get soaked.
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