Lauren asked, “How do I clean soggy cereal off the carpet?”
Even if it’s on your carpet, don’t cry over spilled cereal with milk. Milk stains are often easy to remove, although a sour milk odor can develop if it’s not thoroughly cleaned right away. Use the steps below to clean the spill before it dries.¹
Cleaning the Spill
You Will Need:
- Spoon or dustpan
- Paper towels
- Soda water or cold water
- Enzyme carpet cleaner
- White shaving foam
- Old toothbrush
- Dish liquid
Steps to Clean the Spill:
- Scrape up as much of the cereal as you can with a spoon and dustpan.
- Use paper towels to blot up as much of the milk as possible. Try not to grind the milk or cereal further into the carpet fibers.
- Sponge the area thoroughly with soda water. If you don’t have soda water, you can use cold water instead.¹
- Use an enzyme carpet cleaner, such as for pet accidents, like Nature’s Miracle. Follow the instructions on the label. This will remove the stain as well as the odor.²
- If you don’t have an enzyme carpet cleaner, you can use white foam shaving cream. Apply a small amount to the area and rub it into the carpet fibers with a cloth or old toothbrush. Blot with plain water afterward to rinse.¹
- Another option is to use dish liquid. Mix a tablespoon of dish liquid into two cups of water. Sponge the solution onto the stain, then blot up the liquid with a dry towel. Repeat until the stain is gone, then sponge with plain water to rinse.³
- If there is a greasy stain left when the area has dried, mix borax and water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the stain, working it into the carpet fibers. Let the paste dry, then vacuum it up.⁴
- When you have finished cleaning, vacuum to remove any remaining cereal pieces and lift the carpet fibers.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Do not use any heat, such as hot water, on the area until you are sure that the stain is removed, as heat can cause a milk stain to set.¹
- If any milk smell remains, use the guide How to Remove Sour Milk Odors from Carpet.
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