Removing Beet Juice Stains From the Carpet
The bright pink and red stains left by beets permeate any absorbent surface nearby. 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.
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.
Pour 2 cups of warm water into a bowl. Add 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent.
Dampen a clean cloth with the soap and water mixture. Wring out the cloth to remove excess moisture.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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.
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