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The colored dyes in most sports drinks and Kool-Aid are usually acid food dyes. These dyes are very similar to the dye that is already present in your carpet, so they are difficult to remove without damaging the natural color of the carpet.
There are 4 basic ways to remove these dyes from carpet:
1. Ironing – This method takes some patience but is very effective.
- Wet a washcloth with water and lay it on the stain.
- With a warm iron on the lowest setting, iron the cloth. Do not press down on the iron or raise the temperature.
- Leave the iron on the cloth for 15 minutes.
- Once the stain is gone, blot the area and allow to dry.
2. Ice Water with Borax
- Spray the stain with ice water, then cover it with Borax.
- Moisten a towel with cold water then lay it on top of the Borax.
- Blot and repeat as necessary.
- Rinse with water to remove excess Borax and water.
- Leave a towel on to dry and apply a very heavy object over the towel for 8 hours.
- Leave it to air dry and vacuum once completely dried.
If the colored stain is still wet, pour a large amount of salt over the stain. Allow it to sit and soak up the stain, then vacuum up the salt. If the stain is still there, repeat as necessary until the stain is gone.
4. Vinegar and Dish Soap
- Combine 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle and fill the rest with water.
- Spray the stain and allow it to soak for 10 minutes.
- Blot with a cloth until the stain is removed.
- Blot to dry.
Please note it is very important to take your time and blot stains when cleaning the carpet. Never rub or scrub. You should also work the stain from the outside toward the center. Also only attempt these procedures on synthetic type carpet, never on natural fibers such as wool, cotton, or silk.