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Kool Aid StainKool Aid is unfortunately a complex stain to remove. Red dyes can be particularly tricky to get out of a carpet. Success will depend on many things such as how long the red drink has been on your carpet, the age of the carpet and what you have already tried on it. On many newer carpets, the stain will come right out with little effort. To answer the question of how to remove Kool Aid, I will give you two different methods. Proceed with method one first and if it does not work, you can move on to method two. For method one you will need some white terry cloth towels and a bottle of all purpose spotter. You can make your spotter by taking a tablespoon of a mild dish soap and mixing it with 32 ounces of cold water. Premix the solution in a 32 ounce spray bottle.

  • Step 1:
    If the spot is fresh, you will want to remove as much of the liquid as possible with your terry cloth towels. Blot the spot until no more red liquid transfers. Be careful not to rub the area aggressively, because this could cause permanent damage to the carpet.
  • Step 2:
    Dampen your towel with your spotting solution and dab the spot. You may spray some solution directly on the spot,, but be careful not to over wet the area. This could cause the spot to spread and become worse.
  • Step 3:
    Repeat this process until no more of the red dye remains or until it no longer transfers to your towel.
  • Step 4:
    Allow the area to completely dry before putting it back to use.

Hopefully, the process above has resulted in the complete removal of your stain. If it has not, you will have to move on to more aggressive means of spot removal or will have to call a professional. If you intend to clean it yourself, you will nee a bottle of professional strength red dye remover. This can only be obtained from a carpet supply store. The stuff you find at the grocery store is junk. In most cities, you can find a local carpet cleaning supply store, but the easiest way to obtain your red dye remover will be online. Amazon sells a great product called Red One by CTI. This is a chemical used by pros, so it works. Order your solution and when it arrives you can proceed. You will also need a steam iron, some terry cloth towels and the spotter used in the first method.  You will follow the directions on the bottle, but here are the basics to using Red Relief to remove red dye stains.

  • Step 1:
    Mix your solution to the recommended dilution indicated on the bottle.
  • Step 2:
    Get a steam iron and fill it with water. Set it on the lowest steam setting.
  • Step 3:
    Soak your terry cloth towel in water and wring it out.
  • Step 4:
    Spray your solution of Red Relief on the spot.
  • Step 5:
    Cover your spot with the terry cloth towel.
  • Step 6:
    Place your preheated steam iron on the towel and allow it to dwell for a few seconds. Do not let it dwell for more than a few seconds because this could result in the carpet becoming burnt.
  • Step 7:
    Lift your towel and check the results. If there was improvement but not complete removal, you can repeat this process one more time.
  • Step 8:
    Complete this process by rinsing the spot with your spot cleaner. Mist the spot with the cleaner and blot it up with a clean and dry tery cloth towel.
  • Step 9:
    Allow the area to dry fully before putting it back to use.

When you use this method, you should be aware that the cleaner does contain both peroxide and ammonia. When you place the steam iron on the spot, the steam cloud released will be slightly noxious so do not stand directly over the spot. Also, since it is peroxide, it will turn your finger tips white so you might want to wear gloves. As with any spot cleaning method, you should test the cleaner on a hidden area of carpet like a closet first. If this method fails to remove the spot, you can be assured that it is permanent and your only solution will be a section repair. This is a job for a professional though and I do not advise homeowners to attempt section repairs.