Orange juice and orange juice concentrates leave orange stains; some even contain added food coloring or dyes that leave their own stain. The sugar contents of orange juice makes the stain feel sticky. Fortunately, orange juice stains will come out of carpet and furniture fabrics with a dish detergent and water mixture.
Here's everything you need to know to remove orange juice stains on carpet and upholstered furniture so that you're not stuck with a permanent reminder of a spill.
|Stain Type||Orange juice|
|Detergent Type||Dishwashing liquid|
Remove Orange Juice Stains From Clothes and Carpet
When to Call a Professional
If the upholstery is silk or vintage, it is best to call a professional cleaner or if you need more stain removal tips. Home cleaning may result in water spots.
Equipment / Tools
- Soft bristle brush (optional)
- Paper towels or clean cloths
- Dishwashing liquid
- Oxygen bleach (for non-colorfast materials)
How to Remove Orange Juice From Carpets and Furniture
Blot Until Dry to the Touch
Use a white paper towel or old white cloth to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. Keep blotting until no more moisture is transferred from the carpet or upholstery to the cloth.
Dab With Dishwashing Liquid
Mix a solution of 2 teaspoons of dishwashing detergent in 2 cups of warm water.
- Dip a clean white cloth, sponge, or soft bristle brush in the solution.
- Working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to keep it from spreading, work the cleaning solution into the stain.
- Blot with a dry cloth to absorb the solution (keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the stain is transferred).
Rinse Carefully and Air Dry
Dip a clean cloth in plain water to "rinse" the spot. This is especially important because any soapy residue left on the carpet or upholstery will actually attract more soil.
Allow the stain to air-dry away from direct heat.
Vacuum the Carpet
Vacuum to lift the carpet fibers and restore the appearance of your carpet.
Use This Method on Upholstery
The above method works equally as well on upholstery and furniture.
Additional Tips for Handling Orange Juice Stains
Orange juice can be removed from items that are not colorfast, with a slightly different process.
- Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water following package directions.
- Dip a clean cloth into the solution, and working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, work the solution into the carpet (do not over-wet).
- Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting away.
- Use a dry, clean white cloth to blot away moisture. Allow to dry completely and vacuum to restore the carpet pile.