While coke can be used to clean various parts of the home, getting a coke stain on your carpets can be a bit of a nightmare.
However, if you act quickly and follow the step-by-step guide below, getting coke stains out of a carpet isn’t too tricky.
In this article, we’ll discuss all of the materials you’ll need as well as the steps involved to get this pesky stain out of your carpets once and for all.
Materials You’ll Need
- Clean cloths or paper towels
- Washing-up liquid
- White vinegar
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Spray bottle
- An old toothbrush or soft brush
- Vacuum cleaner
How to Remove Coke Stains from Carpet
1. Blot the stain
Before preparing a cleaning solution, it’s best to blot the stained area with a clean towel or some paper towels. This will absorb some of the liquid and limit the staining.
During this step, don’t rub the stain; this will make the stain bigger. Instead, just blot the area, using some pressure to get into the pile of the carpet.
Once the paper towels aren’t bringing up any more coke, it is time to move on to cleaning.
If the coke stain has already dried, you can skip this step and begin cleaning right away.
2. Prepare a cleaning solution
Mix a tablespoon of mild washing-up liquid with a cup of lukewarm water.
Alternatively, you can use white vinegar if the stain is particularly bad. Just mix equal parts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
Before applying any cleaning solution to the stained area of the carpet, test it in an inconspicuous area of the carpet to make sure it doesn’t damage or discolour the carpet fibres.
3. Apply the cleaning solution
If you’re using the dish soap solution, dampen a clean cloth with the mixture and blot the stain gently. This will draw out more of the stain.
Rinse the cloth regularly in the cleaning solution to avoid introducing the stain into more of the carpet.
If using the vinegar solution, spray it lightly on the stain, then blot with a cloth.
Gently blot the stained area with a clean cloth, working from the outside of the stain towards the centre. Repeat this process until you see the stain gradually lifting.
Both methods will take a bit of time to work. Keeping the stained area wet with your chosen cleaning solution will help to draw the coke stain out of the pile of the carpet.
Rinsing the cleaning cloths regularly will ensure you aren’t introducing stains to other areas of the carpet.
4. Rinse the area
No matter which cleaning solution you are using, you’ll need to rinse the area with clean, warm water after the stain has been lifted.
If you are using the washing-up liquid solution, you can dampen a cloth with the water and blot the area to remove any soap residue.
If you opted for the vinegar solution, use a spray bottle with clean, warm water. Spray the area lightly with the water and blot with a clean cloth.
Leave the area to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
5. Use bicarbonate of soda (optional)
Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for about 15-30 minutes. Gently scrub the stain using an old toothbrush or a soft brush, then blot with a clean cloth to remove the paste.
Rinse the area with water to remove any remaining cleaning solution. Blot with a clean cloth to absorb excess moisture.
Once the area is dry and the stain is gone, it is time to hoover the carpet. This will restore the texture of your carpet and remove any debris that remains. Now you can sit back and enjoy a can of coke while admiring your hard work.
Different carpets may require slightly different approaches, but the methods mentioned above should work for most coke stains on most types of carpets.
If the stain is particularly stubborn or large, or your carpets are very delicate, it might be worth consulting a professional carpet cleaning service to avoid damaging the carpet or making the stain worse.
If this guide to removing coke stains from carpets has helped you, we have loads of other guides just like this on In The Wash. From stain removal to the best washing machines, we have plenty more to help you make the most of your home.
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