It is common for a juice stain to occur on carpets. Removing the juice spill entirely can be challenging. To remove the juice stain from your carpet, we at Carpet Dry-Tech would like to offer some helpful recommendations.
How to Clean Up a Fresh Juice Spill on Carpet
If the juice spill is new and still wet, it is a much easier problem to resolve. Be certain to extract as much of moisture as possible as you begin removing the juice. It is more ideal to remove the excess moisture should you don’t have a shop-vac. Never use hot water as it may set the stain, pour cold water to dilute the juice seeping below. Repeat removing the diluted juice with a shop-vac, or paper towels if necessary. Continue this process until the stain is either gone or no more color is coming out of the carpet. At this point if the stain is still wet and still has a visible stain left behind cover the area in salt and let it dry overnight. Vacuum the salt which should have absorbed much of the remaining color once dry. Should you still have a stain left behind follow the steps below to finish removal of the stain.
How Do You Get Old Juice Stains Out of Carpet?
Depending on the condition of the carpet and the severity of the stain, dried juice stains are still capable of being removed, though it takes a bit more effort. Usually, the juice stains are acidic between 3-4 on the pH scale. To remove an acidic spill, use an alkaline cleaner as the most effective option. Keep in mind, is often suggested to use vinegar to remove a juice stain. However, this method is typically ineffective since vinegar is also acidic. You will have much greater success using ammonia. If there is still a stain left behind, cover the stain completely in the paste working it in gently. For the paste, combine 1 part baking soda to 3 parts water. After it is dry, vacuum the baking soda which should remove some of the color. Repeat these steps until there is no more color can be removed. After you are finished or have removed as much of the stain as possible, rinse the area with cold water and extract with a shop-vac or paper towels. To get as much cleaning solution out of the carpet as possible, you may repeat several times. Place a heavy object over several paper towels until the area is covered. Leave until dry and then vacuum thoroughly. You will likely need to hire a professional if you still have a stain at this point to remove the remaining color from your carpet to avoid causing more harm than good with home remedies.
Important Note: Do not use ammonia when it comes to wool carpet or other delicate fabrics such as oriental rugs. Always test any solution in a small inconspicuous area first.