What is the sweetest enemy of your rug? Well, Soda is the answer. It sticks to the foundation of the rug, and also attracts bugs to have a feast on it.
It used to be served only in pharmacies and was marketed as a healthy, cure-all tonic. The first American soft drink fountain was built in 1809 by a Yale chemistry professor named Benjamin Silliman.
In fact, the numerous chemicals and preservatives found in soda today are the main reason why they are so dark in color.
Unfortunately, the carbonation in these beverages allows the stain to set in quickly, so time is of the essence with these types of stains.
We provide you four easy steps to get soda out of the rug, which you can follow to clean dried soda stains.
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The solution we introduce in this article might not be suitable for some oriental and antique rugs. Please consult with a rug cleaning expert before anything to make sure everything’s on track.
Note: An old soda stain is harder to remove, and you should repeat the whole process to remove the stain entirely
Blot the stained area with a clean terry cloth to remove as much liquid as possible from the rug. Don’t scrub the stain because you’ll push it into the rug’s foundation, making it harder to remove.
Tip: Start by working from the outside toward the center. That way, you’ll avoid spreading the soda stain to the other areas.
Pour 1/4 teaspoon of dishwashing liquid mixture and 1/2 cup water onto the soda stain. Then, blot up the stained area with a terry cloth or paper towel. Keep blotting to dry the stained area entirely.
The enzymes in detergent are the chief element that gets the mess clean. They ley you to use lower water temperatures and less detergent to remove the soda stain.
Warning: Never use a detergent that contains ammonia, bleach, or alcohol. These components burn the rug fibers and cause color bleeding in your natural-fiber Oriental rugs.
Vacuum the Area
After the stain has dried, vacuum it thoroughly. That also helps fluff the rug fibers back to their original look.
There you go! Now you’ve successfully removed the soda stain from your rug! For more help with other types of stains, please visit our comprehensive Stain Removal Guide.