Removing juice stains from carpet can be a challenge, particularly if the stain is from a previous spill and has fully dried. If you have kids, chances are you have at least one juice stain on the carpet in your home. You can follow the tips below for removing juice stains on your own. If your effort is unsuccessful, contact the pros to clean up the mess.
Removing Juice Stains When the Carpet is Still Wet
If the juice spill has just occurred your chances of success are far greater. You need to jump into action before the juice dries and starts to stain your carpet. The best thing to use is a shop vac. Most shop vacuums are quite powerful, and they are rated to handle liquids. Attempting to use a conventional vacuum will only result in a wet and damaged filter. You can also use paper towel to soak up the excess liquid if you don’t have access to a shop vac.
The next step is to pour some cold water over the area to dilute the juice as much as possible. A word of caution here, DO NOT use hot water as this may set the stain before you get a chance to soak up the juice. Then vacuum the area again with the shop vac. If you don’t own a shop vac you will need to resort to the paper towel method.
If the area seems to be a little damp, even after using the shop vac, and you can see some remnants of the juice, sprinkle the area with salt and let it sit overnight. In the morning, when the area is dry, vacuum up the salt. Hopefully the salt has absorbed the remaining salt, leaving no stain behind. If the stain is somewhat visible, you can follow the steps below to remove any residual stain.
Removing Juice Stains from Previous Spills
Dried juice stains are far more difficult to remove from carpet. Since most juice stains are acidic, the trick is to use an ammonia cleaner, followed up with a baking soda mixture.
Step 1: Mix the ammonia with water at an 8 to 1 ratio. Dip a white rag into the solution and dab the stained area. Don’t rub the carpet as this action will only push the stain further into the fibers of the carpet. Continue to dab the area with a clean section of the rag until there is no evidence of the juice on the rag.
Step 2: If there is any indication of a stain remaining, create a paste of baking soda and water at a 3 to 1 ratio. Use a clean rag to gently cover the area with the paste. Let the paste dry fully then vacuum it up with a shop vac.