Removing Beet Juice Stains From the Carpet

The bright pink and red stains left by beets permeate any absorbent surface nearby.
The bright red pigment of beets is notorious for staining.The bright red pigment of beets is notorious for staining.
From the mashed potatoes on your plate to the fibers of your carpet, beet juice is an equal-opportunity stain-causing substance. Beet juice is such an effective stain-causing substance that it's been used as a natural dye for fabric and makeup. You can remove the brightly colored stain of beet juice from your carpeting with household supplies and techniques that lift it completely from the carpet fibers.

Step 1

White bread absorbs moist stains.

Place a piece of white bread over the beet juice stain on your carpet. Gently press the bread into the stain to absorb the beet juice.

Step 2

Pour 2 cups of warm water into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent.

Step 3

Dampen a clean cloth with the soap and water mixture. Wring out the cloth to remove excess moisture.

Step 4

Blot the beet stain with the moist cloth. Press a dry cloth into the carpet to absorb the beet stain. Alternately sponge the stain with the soap solution and blot it with a dry cloth to remove as much of the red color as possible.

Step 5

Treat any remaining beet stain on the carpet by dabbing it with a mixture made from 1/2 cup of warm water and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. Rinse the carpet by sponging it with a moist cloth.

Step 6

Increase airflow with a fan to dry carpet faster.

Press a dry cloth into the carpet to absorb liquid. Aim the airflow from an electric fan toward the carpet to speed the drying process. Fluff the carpet fibers with your fingers to blend them with the surrounding area.

Things You Will Need

  • White bread
  • Bowl
  • 1 tablespoon dishwashing detergent
  • Cloths
  • 1 tablespoon ammonia
  • Electric fan

Tips

  • Pour an absorbent material, such as salt or baking soda, over a fresh beet-juice stain on your carpet to soak up the juice.
  • Blot a beet stain with a 50/50 solution of lemon juice and water before using the detergent solution to help remove the colorful stain.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.