Accidentally spilt milk on your carpet can quickly seep into the fibres leaving a stubborn stain and an unpleasant smell. If left it can begin to turn sour causing staining that’s more difficult to get rid of.
See how to remove milk stains from your carpet here…
Getting milk out of your carpet
You can clean milk out of your carpet by blotting the milk with paper towels or a clean cloth. Press firmly to absorb as much of the liquid as you can. With clean areas of the towel or fresh paper towels keep bloating until they come away dry.
Now you can clean the carpet with a solution of cold water and a few drops of washing up liquid. Dip a clean sponge into the mix and wring it out so as not to overwet the stained area. A carpet that’s saturated can have future problems with mould and mildew growth.
Work from the edge of the stain into the centre gently blotting. Try not to rub as this only causes the stain to go deeper into the carpet fibres. Rinse the sponge frequently until you notice the water running clear and finish with a final clean water rinse before patting the area dry.
Getting rid of the milk smell
The smell of sour milk is really quite unpleasant but you can easily resolve the issue by using baking soda. This is a natural way of absorbing nasty smells and can be used whether the stained area is wet or dry. All you need to do is sprinkle the baking soda over the entire area and leave it to sit overnight. The following morning, simply vacuum away any residue.
Alternative odour-removing options include sprinkling fresh coffee grounds directly onto the stain and leaving for a few hours before vacuuming, or spraying with vinegar and blotting with a clean cloth.
How to get chocolate milk out of your carpet
When chocolate milk is spilt on your carpet it results in a sticky stain that needs immediate attention! If the chocolate has already started to set you should scrape off any lumps with the back of a spoon or a blunt knife.
Make a solution of ¼ teaspoon of washing up liquid with a cup of warm water and dip in a clean white cloth. Wring out excess water as overwetting will only lead to future problems with potential mould and mildew.
Always work from the edge of the stain to the centre gently blotting to avoid spreading the stain further. As the stain lifts rinse out the cloth and repeat the process. Using clear warm water and a clean white cloth carefully rinse the cleaned area. You can then cover the spot with a dry white towel and apply pressure from a heavy book for example to absorb any remaining moisture.
If the stain is stubborn you can use a mix of two tablespoons of household ammonia with a cup of warm water. It’s advisable to test any bleaching substances on a patch of non-visible carpet to ensure it doesn’t fade the colours.
Apply the solution with a clean cloth and then follow up with a rinse of clean water. Remember to use the minimum amount of liquid to avoid saturation. To neutralise the ammonia smell simply mix a cup of vinegar with two cups of water and apply to the stained area with a clean cloth before rinsing again with clear water. Allow the carpet to dry thoroughly before walking on it.
How to get dried milk out of your carpet
If the split milk has dried by the time you’ve found it you should carefully scrape as much of the residue off with a blunt knife or the back of a spoon, and then vacuum up any remains. Lightly spray the area with water and then using an old toothbrush apply some laundry soap. Then you can use a clean damp cloth to rinse off the area and then blot dry with a clean towel.
Need to call in the professionals?
Trusted carpet cleaning experts will include a stain pre-treatment as part of the service that’s capable of eliminating all stains including milk! Your carpet will smell fresh and look refreshed and you won’t need to do a thing.