The holidays are here and over the next few weeks we will be publishing tips to remove some of the most difficult stains with everyday household cleaners.

Removing Kool-Aid Stains and Artificial Dyes from Carpets

Kool-Aid is one of those substances that have parents scratching their heads working on all sorts of carpeting. However, with the correct treatments, you can remove the most difficult Kool-Aid stains from carpets. This is not just for Kool-Aid but any artificially colored drink like Mio, Crystal Light and even decaffeinated coffee, which has synthetic dies to replace the tannins that are bleached out during the decaffeination process. Here are some tips on how to remove the tough carpet stains caused by these tasty beverages:

• First, always gently blot the stain with a clean white towel and remove as much of the moisture as possible. Don’t rub the towel on the stain because you can push the stain farther into the carpet fiber or carpet backing, which may potentially cause wicking issues later.

• Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 Tbsp of Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle, and then fill the rest of the bottle with water. Spray the affected area liberally and then let that dwell for 5-10 minutes. Once the mixture has had a chance to sit, blot the area with a dry towel and check. Repeat as necessary until you are satisfied that the stain is gone.

• There is an assortment of off-the-shelf stain removal products out there that are, in a pinch, useful for removing many types of common household stains from your carpets or area rugs. There are products from OxiClean®️, BISSELL®️ and RESOLVE®️ that will have different effects on spots. If you are having difficulties with a particular stain, use these products only as directed then repeat your vinegar spritz method until you are satisfied with the result. And as always with any spot treatment, make sure and test a small area in an inconspicuous place to make sure there will be no negative reactions to the cleaner.

If you have tried all this and still cannot get the stain out, give us a call and we can try a few other tricks. Keep in mind that sometimes the stains are really permanent and either cannot be removed or the carpet will disintegrate before the color releases from the fibers.