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strawberry fantaStrawberry Fanta is one of the more difficult stains to remove from your carpet. Still, it is very possible to remove this stain if you act quickly. You will need some spotting towels(terry cloth or cotton) or some paper towels, a general spot cleaner and a vinegar solution to neutralize your spotter. The general spotter is made with one tablespoon of a mild dish soap such as Joy and a quart of water. Other types of soap can damage a carpet so stick with mild dish soaps. The vinegar solution is made by combining one part vinegar with two to three parts of water. Use white distilled vinegar. You may also need a dye remover, but that will be discussed later. Test any cleaner first on a hidden area 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 Strawberry Fanta 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 old, you will probably end up with a red dye stain. To remove this part of the stain, you will need to buy a professional 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.