Remove a Soda Stain From Carpet

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If you own a carpet then you're no stranger to tough stains. It seems like where there's a gathering, there is likely to be soda and more often than not, those sodas or colas can find their way onto your carpet. But removing a soda stain from a carpet is easier than you think.

What You Need

  • Clean white cloths
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Water
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Carpet cleaner

Stain Removal How-To

  1. Blot up as much of the soda stain as possible. Using a clean cloth, blot the area to remove as much of the liquid as possible from the carpet. Make sure you work from the outside toward the center to avoid spreading the stain. Don't press too hard because you don't want to work the soda deeper into the fabric. Avoid scrubbing the stain, this will only set it further.
  2. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with 1/2 cup of water. Pour a mixture of liquid laundry detergent and cold water onto the soft drink stain and blot up the stained area again. Use another clean dry cloth. Allow the area to dry fully.
  3. Vacuum the area. After the stain has dried, vacuum it thoroughly. Any dry bits of residue will be sucked away after this step. This also helps fluff the carpet fibers back to a normal appearance.
  4. Use a carpet stain remover. If the soda stain remains, try a carpet stain remover. Be sure to follow the instructions, and be wary of using too much cleaner. An excess amount of cleaner is difficult to remove and can actually attract dirt in the future.

    Other Tips

    If the laundry detergent doesn't work, try diluting some white vinegar with water, about a one to two part ratio will do, and repeat steps two and three.