Who hasn’t tried the super scientific experiment, of dropping a coin into a glass of cola and watching the rust magically disappear? Over the years, Cola has become just as popular for it’s cleaning powers as its refreshing taste. Unfortunately these cleaning powers don’t apply to carpet. As cola is obviously a dark coloured liquid, it looks even more harsh when spilled on cream and white carpet. Even patterned and dark carpets can be left with a murky stain that can seem tough to get rid of.
However, help is at hand! Below is Renew’s step-by-step guide to cleaning up a cola spill on carpet. For best results, get to work on the stain straight away and always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.
How to Clean up a Cola spill on Carpet
Using a towel (or paper towel) soak up as much of the liquid as possible.
Mix together – two cups of warm water, a squirt of washing-up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar to make a cleaning solution.
Add the cleaning solution to a spray bottle (if you have one) or pour a small amount, enough to cover the stain, and leave for two minutes.
Using a clean cloth or sponge, work the solution into the stain (don’t rub as this may damage the carpet) Continue cleaning, working inwards, until the stain is gone.
Using a clean cloth and water, remove any soapy residue and vinegar from the carpet.
Leave to air dry.
If the stain persists or the carpet is white / cream, then you may need to continue with the steps below.
Mix together some cold water and oxygen bleach (follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully)
Using a cloth or bristle brush work the cleaning solution into the stain. You may need to leave this to work for up to one hour.
Rinse away any residue with warm water.
Allow to air dry.
Renew Carpet Cleaning are experts at removing tough stains. As cola contains a high sugar content, it’s important to make sure you have removed all of the liquid successfully, to avoid attracting germs to the area. If in doubt contact Renew and book your carpet cleaning.
Renew Carpet Cleaning recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least annually. After cleaning they can apply a protective treatment which will protect against future staining – including soda spills!
To find out more about Renew’s services or to book your carpet cleaning, Contact Us today