Like many drinks, soda is easy to spill but hard to get off of a carpet. It might be even more difficult to remove than red wine. You, your friend or child may have gotten a little overexcited or careless, and the next thing you know the soda is no longer in its glass like it should be but on your carpet. But you do not need to panic immediately. Continental Carpet Cleaning has some tips that you can use to try to get that soda off on your own, using materials you may have at home already. Let’s get started.
Option #1: Use regular household products to treat the stain
Step 1: Blot the surface of the stain with a white cloth or paper towel.
Do not rub or scrub on the carpet, as this might make the soda go deeper into the carpet’s fibres.
Step 2: Check the bottom of your carpet if you can to find out what the carpet is made of and if there are any restrictions to what you can put on it. Do a quick online search if you are unsure.
Step 3: Mix one-quarter teaspoon of gentle detergent that does not have bleach in it with lukewarm water in a bowl.
Step 4: Mix roughly two parts water with one part vinegar in another bowl.
Step 5: Dip a clean cloth into the detergent mixture and blot it onto the stain gently. Wait fifteen minutes before heading to the next step.
Step 6: Blot the stain again, this time with a new dry cloth.
Step 7: Dip another clean cloth into the vinegar mixture, then cover the stain completely with the cloth. Put a heavy object such as a book onto the cloth for fifteen minutes.
Step 8: Remove the cloth at blot the stain dry with a new cloth, working from the outside of the stain inwards.
Step 9: If the stain is still visible, repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.
Option #2: Use a stain remover product
If you decide to use a stain remover product, make sure to follow the directions as they are stated on the product. An example of a product you could use to remove a stain is Scotchgard Oxy Carpet & Fabric Spot & Stain remover, which also helps to prevent stains from occurring again in the affected area and removes odors. Another option is Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover. This product comes in a spray bottle and boasts that it is biodegradable and does not contain within it volatile organic compounds or phosphates.
Whichever option you choose, make sure to test the materials on a discrete piece of your carpet before treating the stain. If you find that you cannot completely remove a stain with these methods, or you are concerned about ruining your carpet, or you have an old, stubborn stain, contact us at Continental Carpet in Kennewick, Richland and Pasco Washington. The use of a special tool and experienced hands can make the difference for your carpet stains.