Michelle asked: How do you remove chlorophyll spilled onto carpet?
A chlorophyll spill can seem like a disaster, but it’s actually quite easy to remove with the proper cleaners. Follow these guidelines to get your carpet back to new.
You Will Need:
- Amyl acetate (available online from food supply sites as well as laundry sites)
- Enzyme detergent
- Household ammonia
- Clean soft cloths
- Rubber gloves (optional)
Steps to Remove the Chlorophyll
*All carpets are different and can tolerate different levels of cleaning. Always test cleaners on a small, hidden area first to ensure there is no damage or discoloration to the fibers.
- Begin by absorbing as much of the spill as possible with clean cloths. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the area as it will only push the stain further into the fibers.
- Next, moisten a cloth with amyl acetate and blot the area. Work from the outside towards the middle to avoid spreading the stain.
- As you are blotting, you will begin to see the chlorophyll transfer to the cloth. Use a fresh area of the cloth each time for the quickest removal.
- Repeat as necessary.
- When the stain is removed, rinse the area completely with clean water.
- If the stain persists, apply an enzyme detergent and blot the area as before.
- Rinse by blotting with clean water and a clean cloth.
- If the stain persists, mix one tablespoon ammonia with ½ cup water. Blot the ammonia solution onto the stained area and remove as before.
- Rinse with clean water by blotting with clean cloths
- If the stain persists, mix one part vinegar with two parts water. Blot the vinegar solution onto the stained area and remove as before.
- Rinse with clean water until all cleaning products are removed.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Use caution when working with amyl acetate. Safety information is available from Scorecard.
- It may be helpful to allow the carpet to dry in between the different types of cleaners to allow for a more accurate idea of how much of the stain remains.
- If none of the above steps remove the stain, it may require professional bleaching.