How to Remove Kool Aid Stains from Carpet

When deciding how to remove Kool Aid stains from carpet just remember that the sooner you remove it the better and patience is key. Those who have kids know the "joy" of stain removal. All children are imbued with the talent of being able to stain just about anything with just about any product.

Those of you who have spilled red wine on a carpet are probably familiar with the stain removing properties of table salt. This only works if the carpet is still wet with the offending wine, or in this case, Kool Aid. Pour the salt directly onto the stain and create a small mound of salt. The salt will draw the red dye out. When the entire mound is red, vacuum it up. If the stain is still there, try it again. Eventually, the entire salt mound should stay white and the stain completely removed.

A strategy for old Kool Aid stains involves blue Dawn dishwashing detergent and a white cotton cloth and your iron. Place a five or six drops in a bowl contained two cups of warm water. Place the cloth into the bowl, remove and wring it out so no water drips. Place the damp cloth on top of the stain and lay the iron down over it. The iron shoced on low and you should stay close by the make sure the iron doesn't damage the rug. You will leave the iron on top of the cloth for fifteen to twenty minutes. As with the salt, the dye should soak up into the cloth. As the dye is absorbed, either fold or rearrange the cloth on top of the stain so that a clean part is on top of the stain.

Another option is to pour hydrogen peroxide onto the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes and blot dry. Because peroxide works in a similar manner as bleach, you should do a small spot test on an inconspicuous part of the carpet in case it damages the color.

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