Orange soda stains are some of the most difficult to remove. The key to removal is to get to them quickly and to use the right chemicals on them. Avoid aggressive cleaners because they can set the stain. To remove the stain you need some a spotting cloth such as a terry cloth towel or dye free paper towels, a general spotting solution and a vinegar solution. To make your general spotting solution you will take a quart of water and add one tablespoon of mild dish soap. Do not use other soaps such as laundry or automatic dish soaps as they are too strong. To make your vinegar solution, you will mix up one part of white vinegar and three parts of regular tap water. Be sure to test any cleaner that you will use on a hidden part of your home’s carpet such as a closet.
- 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 orange soda 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 the spot has dried, some of the dye may be left in the carpet. To remove this, you will need to get a dye remover such as Red Out. Most home improvement stores will sell them in the cleaning supply aisle. Follow the directions on the bottle of the product that you purchase because directions will vary by manufacturer.