There is nothing good about milk stains and it’s worse when they are on your carpet! They are ugly and stubborn, and take the beauty out of even the most exquisite fabric and your guests have to see them every time they visit! So, how can you get rid of this eyesore and have your perfect ‘milk-stain-less’ carpet back? Stay with me, I’ll show you how.
How Long Has it Been?
To know how to best clean a milk stain off your carpet, you first need to establish how long that stain has been on the carpet. The longer a stain stays on the carpet, the harder it is to remove it. It is therefore imperative that you remove a milk stain as soon as it forms. If you weren’t able to remove it immediately, there is no cause for worry. We can still show you how to get rid of it without tears!
Fresh Milk Stains
To get rid of a fresh milk stain, quickly get some warm water and add some detergent. Using a a clean cloth (the point is to remove the stain, not to add) scrub the stained area thoroughly until the stain is totally absorbed. Rinse off the detergent with plain water and let it dry. Be careful to scrub even the surrounding areas that have not yet been stained since milk stains tend spread like ink on paper.
When Did it Get Here?
So you just noticed a milk stain and you have no idea when it got there! Older milk stains may be much harder to get rid of, but do not despair, we will show you how to permanently remove them. The first thing you need to to do is soak it up. Use warm water and detergent just like the first time and let it soak for about 30 minutes. Scrub again and rinse it off.If the stain is still there, soak the stained part of the carpet in hydrogen peroxide for at least 45 minutes and then scrub it again. Make sure to use hand gloves while using hydrogen peroxide.
Special Instructions for Colored and Flowered Carpets
Care needs to be taken with carpets that are colored or flowered. Do not use bleach on such carpets as they will fade and you will end up with an uglier, permanent stain. This should also be applied to hydrogen peroxide, as it may tend to bleach some carpets depending what dye was used to make he carpet. Make sure you read the washing instructions for your carpet beforehand.
What’s That Smell?
Milk may tend to produce an unpleasant odor even after the stain has been successfully removed. There are a few basic kitchen ingredients that can help in getting rid of this smell, such as:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide
Spray some vinegar on your carpet depending on the thickness of the carpet and let it sit for a while before washing it off with clean water.If vinegar is not readily available, the good old baking soda can do the same magic! You don’t even have to be in a hurry with baking soda, let it sit as long as 48 hours to completely get rid of the odor.
These are some of the best ways to clean carpet milk spills. Do not let a simple milk spill ruin your carpet for good, follow my lead, thank me later!