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mountain dewWhen you spill red soda onto a carpet, panic usually sets in right away. Calm down, it is possible to remove the stain if you follow a few steps. Here is what you need. You will need a general spotter made by mixing a quart of water with a tablespoon of mild dish soap in a spray bottle. Do not use other soaps such as automatic dish soap. You will also need a vinegar solution made from one part white distilled vinegar and three parts water mixed in a spray bottle. Finally, you need some white terry cloth or cotton towels. Depending on the age of the spot, you might also need some dye remover but I will talk about that later. Test any cleaner you intend to use on a hidden spot of your carpet.

  • 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 red 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 is older, you may need to use a dye remover. Do not waste your time with the ones available from the big box stores. Choose a dye remover that professional carpet cleaners use. Pros Choice Red Relief is extremely effective at red dye removal and you can get it from Amazon.