So what if your youngster spills Kool Aid on your rug? Move fast! Kool Aid is a synthetic acidic dye stain. Translation: this spill is going to be difficult to remove, even for a professional rug cleaner. Should this type of spill occur in your home, we would recommend that you call a trusted professional. If you want to tackle it on your own, then you could try the list of suggestions below. Please keep in mind that the final outcome may not be what you are looking for. As always, before you use any suggested products or solutions, be sure to test them in an inconspicuous area to make sure there is no dye bleeding. Let’s get started.
- Blot the area with a dry, white cloth or paper towel. Never use anything with color or print. The dye could transfer to your rug.
- Try cleaning the area with cold soapy water. We suggest using a mild detergent, such as Woolite, and gently blot the solution (don’t scrub) onto the stain using a clean, white cloth. Continue this method as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth.
- If the stain remains, you could then try using a store-bought spray cleaner.
- If the spill is completely removed, be sure to rinse the area with cold water and blot dry with a clean, white cloth until all the moisture is removed.
- If the area is large, then set up a fan to circulate the air so that the area will dry quickly.