So you just had a nice warm cup of milk, and now there’s a big white puddle on the carpet. Don’t worry, I’ve been in this situation before too! Here are some tried and true ways to remove milk from your carpet!
3 Steps to Clean Milk From Carpet
What happens when milk gets on the carpet?
- Carpet has high absorbency, milk can seep deep into fibres. Resulting in persistent stains and smells which you may not notice at first.
- Bacteria in milk will turn the sugar in milk into lactic acid. Milk will begin to curdle and turn sour, cause the stain will turn yellow and give a sour smell.
- When the protein in milk dries it will become hardened and entangle with carpet fibre making it difficult to remove. It is also difficult to rehydrate the hardened protein. Don’t lose hope, though!
Remove Fresh Milk From Carpet
Step 1: Take a dry towel and place it over the milk spill let it soak up all of the spilled milk. You can apply pressure by leaning on top of the towel with your body weight to speed up this process.
Option 1: Apply Enzyme Laundry Product directly to the spot and cover with towels again until liquid has soaked through the towel.
Option 2: Apply Dishwashing Detergent to the spot and scrub with a brush. Pour water over the spot and let it set in for 10 minutes. Carpet cleaners can be applied to give it a final boost.
Option 3: Mix one tablespoon of Ammonia and two cups of hot water. Pour the solution over the spot and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remove as much as possible with a wet towel. Blot dry to remove any excess moisture.
Step 3: Pour baking soda on the area, let it absorb the remaining moisture overnight. And vacuum up the baking soda the next day.
Remove Dried Milk Stain from the carpet.
Step 1: Use a dull knife to scrape off the dried milk as much as possible.
Step 2: Wet the area with cold water as the cold temperatures can make the milk stain more brittle and easier to remove. Warm water will increase the sour odour.
Step 3: Use a toothbrush to brush the stain with washing powder and rinse.
After the stain is gone, if the smell persists, spray the diluted vinegar and blot it dry.
Here are some final words of wisdom for you. If you find yourself with milk on the carpet, your best bet is to get it up quickly and clean it before leaving any stains! And remember- “No one ever got fired for buying milk!”