Cleaning spilled milk is never fun. It’s even worse if you spill it on the carpet. The problem is that milk stains are hard to get out of the carpet. They can stain the fibers permanently and leave behind an unpleasant odor.
If you’re looking for ways to clean spilled milk, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I’ll give you step-by-step instructions on how to clean spilled milk on carpet.
- 1 How To Clean Spilled Milk On Carpet
- 2 How to Get Dried Milk Out Of Carpet
- 3 How To Remove Chocolate Milk Stains From Carpet
- 4 How To Get Spoiled Milk Smell Out Of Carpet
- 5 How To Get Yogurt Out Of Carpet
How To Clean Spilled Milk On Carpet
1. Blot the milk spill
The first thing to be done is to clean up the mess as much as possible. Use an absorbent paper towel or cloth, and soak up the extra milk. Depending on how far down the carpet pile goes, how much milk there is, and how long ago it happened, the milk may have soaked deeply into the fibers and padding.
Apply pressure to the area to get the milk out of the padding and onto the cloth or towel. Work until the cloth or paper towel comes away dry.
2. Clean the stain
If you have no milk left to soak, you can try using cold water to soak up the spill. Don’t rub or scratch the stain. Instead, apply cold water to the spot and blot it dry. Don’t use hot or warm water. Hot or warm water will make the protein stain worse. It’s not necessary to use ice water to clean milk stains on the carpet. Even if you have room-temperature water, it will still work.
If you want to better remove milk stains from your carpet, use two cups of water mixed with one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent. Then wet a clean towel with this solution. Using both hands, blot the area where the stain is located. Continue blotting the spot until the stain disappears.
If you still see any stains on your carpet, try this method to remove them. Mix 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of ammonia. Use a sponge to apply the mixture to the stain. Blot the area using a clean towel. Leave to dry. Then use cold water to rinse the spot.
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If all else fails, apply a carpet cleaning spray or foam to the stain. Follow the directions on the label.
When using any new cleaning method, don’t use it on your entire carpet until you have tested it on an inconspicuous area.
3. Sprinkle the area
Sprinkle the stained areas with baking soda and leave them for several hours or overnight, depending on how long the stain lasts. Baking soda will absorb the remaining liquid, along with the smell.
If you do not have baking soda at home then you can use corn starch instead. Take enough corn starch to cover the affected area. Sprinkle it directly onto the carpet and let it sit there for at least 30 minutes to several hours.
4. Vacuum it up
After the baking soda or corn starch has absorbed all the remaining milk, vacuum the affected area of the carpet.
How to Get Dried Milk Out Of Carpet
1. Scrape the milk solids
Use a dull knife to remove as much of the dried milk as you can.
2. Wet the stain
If you want to remove the stain, you need to rehydrate the proteins in the stain. You can do this by adding some cold water to the stain. Warm water will only make the smell worse. Adding detergent into the water may help.
You can also use a baking soda and vinegar mixture as a carpet cleaning solution. First apply the baking soda, then slowly pour the vinegar over it, and you’ll get a fizzy effect.
Before you start, make sure to test this on an inconspicuous area.
3. Gently brush the stain
If the stain is stubborn, gently scrub with a toothbrush to remove it. But be careful not to drive it further into your carpet.
4. Blot the area
Once the stain is almost gone (about 90% removed), use a cloth and some cold water to remove the remaining stain. Then blot the spot until it’s completely dry.
If you notice a lingering smell of milk on your carpet, use a spray bottle to mix equal parts of white vinegar and water. Spray the area, then blot with a paper towel. You may want to repeat the process if necessary.
How To Remove Chocolate Milk Stains From Carpet
1. Remove excess liquid
If there is any excess liquid on the carpet, use a clean towel to remove it. Then make sure there is no liquid remaining on the carpet before beginning the removal process. Work from the outside of the spill to the center.
2. Apply liquid dishwashing soap
Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and 2 cups of water into a spray bottle. Spray the solution directly onto the chocolate milk stain.
You can also use a clean towel and soak it in the solution. Then, dab the towel on the stained area, starting from the outside of the stain and working your way towards the center. Avoid rubbing, scrubbing, or using a brush. Gently blot.
If the stain isn’t out completely, repeat the spraying or dabbing of the stained spot.
3. Use vinegar or ammonia for persistent stains
If the chocolate milk stain persists, you can either mix vinegar or ammonia with water. Use a sponge to apply the mixture to the stain. Then, use an old towel or rag to dab away the stain.
4. Absorb the stain
Next, take some paper towels and place them over the spot. Gently press the paper towels until they’ve absorbed the liquid. After that, sprinkle the area with salt or baking powder.
5. Vacuum the area
After you sprinkle salt or baking soda on the stain, let it sit for at least thirty minutes. Vacuum the salt or baking soda out after thirty minutes.
How To Get Spoiled Milk Smell Out Of Carpet
There are three ways to remove the smell of spoiled milk from your carpets:
1. Baking Soda
A sour smell can be eliminated by using baking soda. Baking soda is a very good odor-absorbent. Simply sprinkle some baking soda on the affected area, whether wet or dry and let it sit overnight. Then vacuum the area thoroughly in the morning.
Using a spray bottle, spray the affected area directly with undiluted vinegar. Blot it using a clean cloth after it has sat for a while. The smell of vinegar will gradually disappear as the carpet is dried.
3. Fresh coffee grounds
Another way to get spoiled milk smell out of the carpet is to sprinkle some fresh and unused ground coffee onto the area that smells. Like baking soda, coffee grounds help to absorb bad smells quickly. Give it an hour or so for the coffee grounds to soak up the liquid and the smell. Once you notice that the smell is gone, vacuum them up.
How To Get Yogurt Out Of Carpet
A yogurt stain is a protein-based stain. The protein part of the stain is what makes the stain yellow and darken with time.
To remove the stain, you need to use a laundry detergent with enzymes. Enzymes help break down the protein so that it can be removed from the fabric. You may also need to soak the area in water to get the stain out.
To get yogurt stains out of your carpet, start by scraping off any extra yogurt with a butter knife. Don’t dig too deep into the carpet, but do try to remove any yogurt stuck to the fibers.
Next, dampen the area with cold water. With laundry detergent on a clean cloth, gently wipe the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a damp cloth. Repeat this process until the stain is completely gone.
Finally, sprinkle some baking soda over the area and let it dry overnight before vacuuming them up.