Remove Food Coloring Stains from Carpet
Carpet cannot be replaced as easily as clothes. It’s a lot more costly and requires more care. If you get a food stain on the carpet, you need to get it out ASAP. It can be very embarrassing to have friends and family over when there is an unsightly stain right in the middle of the floor.
Here are steps for removing that stain:
- Try to blot out any excess spill with a clean paper towel. If it is a huge spill, use a wet vacuum to get up as much as possible.
- Next, wet the dry stain with a small amount of cool water. Wait a minute or so for the water to saturate the stain, and try blotting again with a fresh paper towel. Keep repeating this process until either the stain is gone or there is nothing more to blot out.
- Mix a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with white vinegar and lukewarm water to create a cleaning solution. Pour a little bit of this solution onto a white cloth and sponge the stained area of the carpet. Dab dry with a paper towel.
- If the stain is STILL on the carpet, moisten the area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Leave it on for an hour or so. Blot it up with a paper towel. Keep repeating as necessary.
- When the food coloring is completely gone, pile several paper towels on top of the area, and weigh them down with something heavy, allowing the moisture to be absorbed out of the carpet.
Additional Tips to Remove Food Coloring Stains
If any food dye gets on your hands, or your child’s hands, you can use a clean washcloth soaked with white vinegar to remove it. You can add a bit of baking soda to the cleaning solution. Always rub gently; whether you are trying to remove food coloring stains from skin or anything else. DON’T use any bleach or ammonia on the skin.
To get food coloring dye out of upholstery, use the same technique as you would with clothing made from similar fabric.