As a common household carpet stain, milk can be quite a bother to get out once dry, act quickly and you’ll save yourself the trouble of calling for a professional. In this guide you’ll find cleaning solutions and techniques for both synthetic and natural carpets that will thoroughly remove not only the stain but also the odour that comes with it.
Synthetic carpet treatments
Synthetic materials are a lot easier to work with as they won’t get damaged with moisture or heat. To clean a milk stain from a synthetic carpet you can use a diluted carpet shampoo in a ratio of 1:30 the latter being water. If the stain is still wet, blot it with a paper towel or a textile one. Blot out until no more of the moisture of the stain is transferring. Spray the shampoo and water mixture on the spot and blot out from the outside in. Repeat this until the stain is completely gone. Use a towel to extract the moisture from the carpet.
The ammonia method
If the stain persists use cold water and mix it with ammonia, about 3-4 tablespoon of ammonia in half a liter of water. The ammonia is especially good in killing all of the enzymes and bacterial cultures that come with milk, the very same bacteria that make it go sour after a little while. Wear gloves to protect your skin as the ammonia does have corrosive capabilities on human skin. Keep in mind that the compound might react in enforceable ways to dyes in carpets and certain fibers so always carry out a patch test in a safe spot. Make sure that no fiber damage or colour bleeding is occurring by dampening a white cloth and blotting out a small patch. If no changes occur, you are good to go.
- Apply the ammonia and water mixture with a sponge to the stain and blot out with a dry cotton towel – It should absorb the moisture in the carpet from the water and ammonia mixture, and along with it all of the staining. You can’t leave the residue on the fibers of they will bleach.
- Use cold water and an absorbent towel – This is to draw out all of the moisture you’ve just put into the carpet.
You can also use this method on dried stains: first, apply a cold, wet towel on the stain to soften it up prior to which you remove any solids that might be on the top of the fibers. Then you apply the aforementioned mixture and repeat the process described above.
Natural carpet treatments
As natural fibers don’t take well to water solutions or shampoos, you’ll need an adequate alternative to remove the stain. With natural carpets fast reaction time is a must, otherwise the stain might set due to the fats in the milk. To remove it from the carpet, use either fine breadcrumbs or a finer powder like corn starch. Both of these are natural and won’t react with the milk in an enforceable way. Leave the breadcrumbs or corn start to sit for 15 minutes then hoover with a strong vacuum. The fine dust particles of the corn start will bind with the moisture and draw it out. This will work on synthetic carpets as well, though they have more optimal solutions. Get professional help if you are uncertain of your ability, its better to be safe than sorry.