How to Remove Soy Sauce Stains
By Steve Gillman
All liquid stains, including those from soy sauce, are easier
to remove if you get to them immediately, while they are still
wet. Soak up the initial spill with white paper towels or a clean
white rag (try for cotton, but whatever is available - time is
of the essence). If sopping up the mess and rinsing with water
is not enough, read on for detailed instructions on removing
soy sauce stains from carpet.
An ammonia solution can neutralize the acids and odor in stains
that come from soy sauce. Mix a tablespoon of clear ammonia in
about four or five ounces of water. Apply it to the stained area
using a spray bottle or by sprinkling it over the spot, but be
careful not to let it soak through the underside of the carpet.
Sop it up after a minute with plain white paper towels or clean
white cotton rags.
Repeat this process a few times. Then use a solution of dish
soap (a few drops) and warm water (one cup) to rinse out the
ammonia and to help clean the soy sauce that might remain. Apply
and blot up the solution a few times.
Get the detergent out of the carpet using water. Apply, blot,
apply... continue until the spot is clean. You can put your nose
to the spot to see if any odor remains from the soy sauce, the
ammonia or the detergent. If so, rinse again.
Dry the area quickly to prevent any remaining stain that is
deep in the fibers from migrating up to the surface with the
moisture. Pat down the area with clean rags or white paper towels,
and put a fan where it will blow across the spot for a few hours
to finish the drying.
That should be enough to take care of most soy sauce staining,
but even if there is no visible stain you might want to once
again give the sot a "sniff test" a few days later,
to see if anything remains.
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