How to Get Food Coloring Stains Out of Carpet

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Food coloring is a powerful dye that is difficult to remove from any fabric, especially carpet. If you don't own a carpet cleaner, or can't afford to hire professionals, food coloring stains can be removed using a combination of powerful stain removers. All of the materials needed to get food coloring stains out of carpet can be purchased inexpensively at local hardware stores or supermarkets.

Things You'll Need

  • Ammonia
  • Spray bottles
  • OxiClean
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bucket
  • Hand towels
  • Mix 1/3 cup of ammonia with 2 cups of warm water inside a spray bottle. Combine 2 tsp. of OxiClean with 2 cups of warm water inside a separate spray bottle.

  • Fill a bucket with warm water and add 1/3 cup of ammonia, 1 tbsp. of OxiClean, and 1 tsp. of regular household laundry detergent.

  • Spray the affected area with the ammonia mixture, and then blot with a hand towel. Repeat until no more of the stain can be removed. Spray the stain with the OxiClean solution, then dip a hand towel in the bucket mixture and wring thoroughly. Blot the stain with the damp hand towel.

  • Rinse the towel in the bucket before every blot. If the water begins to change color, dump the bucket and make a new solution. Repeat this step four to five times, or until the food coloring stains are removed from the carpet.

  • Allow the affected area to dry. Re-check to ensure that no stains are remaining. If stains are present, spray with the OxiClean solution and blot with the towel again. Wait 24 hours, and perform a final check. If the food coloring stains are still present, repeat all of the steps again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Off-brand OxiClean can be purchased from a retail store that can be just as effective and less expensive.
  • Never mix ammonia with bleach, as noxious fumes can result. Never use bleach directly on carpet, as it can remove all color, resulting in a white stain.

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