Frances asked: I had a cut-out decorated pumpkin. Upon removing it, it had rotted and leaked onto a light colored wool carpet. Please, can you advise the best way to remove these orange colored stains. I have tried white spirits, but no luck. Many thanks.
Carpet stains can be tough, especially considering carpet is one of the few things you should never scrub. It’s not always easy to gently remove a stubborn stain, but the following method should offer great results.
You Will Need:
- Non-bleach laundry detergent
- Warm water
- Spray bottle
- Clean white towel
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Combine a few drops of laundry detergent with warm water in the spray bottle.
- Shake gently to stir.
- Spray the solution directly over the stain. Do not overwet.
- Blot with the towel. As you blot, you will see the stain begin to transfer to the towel. Change the surface of the towel frequently so you are working with a clean section of the towel and to ensure you’re not spreading the stain.
- Apply more liquid from the spray bottle as needed.
- Repeat until you no longer see improvement.
- Rinse completely by spraying the surface with plain water and blotting it away. Be sure to remove all of the detergent residue or it will collect dirt more quickly in the future.
- Allow the area to dry completely.
Additional Tips and Advice
- If the blotting does not remove the liquid efficiently enough, or if you want to remove the stain more quickly, use a carpet cleaner that will remove the water for you. Some carpet steam cleaners allow you to turn off the heat for the water. Use this feature to apply cool to room temperature to the stain and quickly remove the residue from the detergent.
- If this simple home remedy doesn’t work, try using Kids ‘N’ Pets stain remover. Pour the stain remover directly on the stain and blot.
- Always spot test new cleaning solution in a hidden area before you begin.