Who would think that spilled milk could make such a mess of your carpet? Many people think that red wine is the worst thing to be spilled on your carpet, but if you have children, you know that milk can be worse. This because while red wine may leave a stain, the wine itself evaporates and can be easier to get out of a carpet than milk. Milk tends to hang around and if not properly cleaned can produce a sour smell that can take over a room. That being said, here are the steps you need to follow for completely removing milk stains from your carpet:
Take Your Time To Clean The Spill
Because milk doesn’t stain like darker liquids, the first mistake that people make it to hurriedly clean up the spill without getting all of the milk out of the carpet. So by the next day, the milk has spoiled and can leave behind a nasty stain as well as an awful smell. With a milk spill, it is most important to get all of the milk out of the carpet, which is not an easy job, especially if it is a large spill.
To clean a milk spill completely, you have start by blotting up as much as you can, getting as much moisture out of the carpet as possible. You can even go so far as to use a water extraction vacuum if you have one. The most important thing is to get as much liquid as you can.
Use The Right Cleaner
Because a milk spill does not immediately stain, you can use a mild cleaner to get it out of the carpet once the spill is sopped up. You can use a few tablespoons of mild dish detergent or non-suds ammonia diluted with 4 cups of warm water to clean the carpet. Make sure to test the solution on an inconspicuous place on the carpet before working on the milk stain to make sure it won’t damage it.
Apply the solution to the carpet with a soft towel and make sure to start at the edge of the spill and works towards the center. This will help keep the spill from spreading out more. Blot as you go along, but don’t scrub the carpet or you may damage the fibers. If the stain doesn’t go away, you will have to use a professional cleaning solution. Remember, the main thing is that you need to get up as much liquid as possible to make sure you get all of the milk out of the carpet. Otherwise, it will produce a sour smell later on.
Once the milk and the stain is gone, place paper towels over the wet area and weight them down with a heavy plastic or glass object and let them sit for as long as you can – hopefully overnight. This will help get any excess milk out of the carpet and prevent it from smelling. Once the carpet is fairly dry, make sure to go over the area with a vacuum to restore the pile.