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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Number Five Most Common Rug Stain -- Soda

I am a Diet Coke addict.  I know it’s bad for me, but I just love the stuff.  I have one every day, and if I’m being completely honest, most days I have two.  I am usually drinking the first one while sitting at the computer in my office around 10:00 in the morning.  Thankfully, I’ve never spilled this dark, sticky drink……yet.  But never fear, as clumsy as I am, it is bound to happen at some point.

Whether it’s brown, red, or orange, a soda spill can leave a nasty stain on your rug.  Plus if the drink
contains sugar, not only will the area attract bugs, but dust and other particles will also settle leaving a dirty, nasty spot.  Here’s the key – as with any spill, you need to act quickly.  Before beginning, be sure to test any products or solutions in an inconspicuous area to make sure there is no dye bleeding.
  1. Blot up as much of the spilled drink as possible using a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
  2. Mix up a gentle soapy solution using cold water and a mild detergent like Woolite.  Gently blot the soapy water onto the area using a clean, white cloth.  Be sure not to scrub or rub too firmly.
  3. Rinse the area thoroughly with plain water and blot dry with a clean, dry, white towel.
  4. Another option is to use a store-bought spray cleaner.  Use caution if choosing an oxygenating carpet spotting product.  They are made from diluted hydrogen peroxide so if the area isn’t rinsed thoroughly, the product will continue working and eventually pull the color from your rug.
If you’ve read our previous blog posts discussing the first four most common rug stains, you’ll notice the method of attack on all is similar.  While these steps may work on many stains, for deep or set-in stains, we recommend you contact a professional rug cleaner like A Cleaner World Rug Cleaning.
 

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