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Cleaning advice from the professionals.

mountain dewIf you have spilled Mountain Dew Code Red on your carpet, you might be in a panic. Unfortunately, it is a tough stain to remove, but there is hope. To remove the stain, you will need some white cotton towels or paper towels, a general spotting solution and a vinegar solution. To make the general spotter, you need to add a tablespoon of a mild dish soap to a quart of water. Do not use other types of soaps. To make the vinegar solution, you need to mix one part white distilled vinegar and three parts water. You may also need a dye remover, but we will get to that later. Always test any chemical you want to use on your carpet in an inconspicuous place.

  • Step 1:
    If the spot is fresh, dab the spot with clean and dry towels until no more of the stain transfers to the cloth. Be sure to dab and do not rub the spot. Rubbing the spot will abrade the fibers.
  • Step 2:
    Lightly mist the spot with your general spotter. Allow the spotter to dwell for a few seconds and then blot it up with your towel. Once again, dab the spot, do not rub.
  • Step 3:
    Repeat this process until no more of the Mountain Dew stain transfers to your cloth.
  • Step 4:
    Neutralize your spotter with your vinegar solution. Apply a generous amount of the vinegar solution to the spot without over saturating the area. Blot the solution up after giving it a few seconds of dwell time.
  • Step 5:
    Allow the area to fully dry before putting it back to use. A small portable fan can be uses to speed drying time.

If there is still a red dye stain, you will need to get a bottle of red dye remover. You want to use a professional chemical such as Red Relief from CTI. This is the exact chemical that professional carpet cleaners use and charge you big bucks for. To use it, you simply mix equal parts of solution A and solution B. Apply the mixture to the spot, cover it with a damp towel and use a steam iron on the lowest steam setting to activate the dye remover. It will disappear in front of your eyes and you will have enough red dye remover to treat several dozen spots for less than a professional would charge you to treat one.