Spilling anything on your carpets can be very problematic, but when you spill beet juice, you have to really work quickly to restore the carpeting. Removing the spill as quickly as possible will make all the difference in a spotless area or one will a dried in stain that becomes harder to remove over time. These effective steps on how to remove beet stains from carpet will easily lift up the remaining juice without doing damage to the padding below.
Before you begin cleaning up the spill, you will need to have some supplies at the ready. To clean the spill effectively you need some dish washing detergent, spray bottle, clean white cloths, vinegar, warm water, vacuum, and a spoon.
Before you do anything else, get working on lifting up as much of the original spill as possible. The longer the spill stays in contact with the carpet, the more of a challenge it will be to eventually remove it. If the spill is significant, grab a wet vac and try to suck up as much of the liquid as you can. If the stain is small, blot the surface of the carpet with your clean cloth.
Fill the spray bottle with warm water, then spray the spill. Blot dry with your clean cloth, spray again. Continue this process until you start to see the stain disappearing. Never put down too much water when cleaning the spill, you run the risk of pushing the stain down deep when blotting.
Place approximately a 1/2 teaspoon of your dish washing detergent in a container with 1 cup of warm water. Apply this solution to the stain using the tip of one of your clean cloths. Blot the stain, blot with a dry cloth, blot the stain, blot with a dry cloth. Keep this process going several times as you begin to break the stain down. This is a very time consuming process that needs to be done efficiently if you want to remove the stain before it has a chance to set.
Blot the area with a dry cloth to remove any excess dish liquid or beet juice remaining. Always blot the surface of the carpet, never rub, scrub, or push to harshly or you can distort the color and texture of the carpet pile.
Place a clean cloth over the stain, now press down firmly with your both hands in several locations. Now that the majority of the stain and solution are removed from the carpet, you want to leave the surface as dry as possible.
Now that the beet juice stain has been removed, the next thing you want to do is to rinse your cloth under cold water, then begin to blot the location once again. Rinsing with cold water will remove any trace of detergent or juice still trapped in the carpet fibers. The reason that you want to repeat this process quite a few times is that any residue left in the carpet act like a magnet to soil and contaminants.
Allow the surface of the carpeting to dry thoroughly. Once dry, inspect the area to see if the carpeting may have turned a brownish color. If the stain or the spot has turned a brown color once dry, you need to clean the carpet with a new solution. Mix one part of white vinegar with two parts hot water. Apply a small amount of this mixture to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. This process only need be repeated once as the vinegar will quickly remove that stain.
Word of Caution: Never try to mix a stronger concentration of cleaning solutions than recommended. Never use automatic dishwasher detergent or laundry detergent to clean the beet juice spill, these products contains a powerful dye that can permanently discolor your carpeting.
Now that you understand how to remove beet stains from carpet, consider keeping these supplies under the sink for when you need them. Cleaning this type of spill is all about working quickly, and if you already have your cleaning supplies at the ready, you get absorb the juice quickly and get working on protecting the carpet fibers from becoming stained.