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It’s always a party when fruit punch is involved, but what happens when your guests leave and they accidentally spill some on your carpet?
If you’re anything like me, you cringe at the thought of it. Fruit punch stains a tough one. Especially if your carpet is white or beige!
Still, that’s no excuse to give up.
By following the proper steps, you will soon be able to enjoy that fruit punch beverage again without having to worry about spots on your carpet.
Ideally, applying a heavy-duty detergent on the stained area and rinsing with cool water should do the trick. But if you can’t get rid of the stain, you may want to tweak your recipe.
Note that I have listed these remedies depending on household ingredients you may have available.
Remedy 1: Cleaning Fruit Punch Out of Carpet with Dish Detergent and Vinegar
Mixing your dish detergent and vinegar can be a powerful combination for getting rid of stubborn fruit punch stains.
The vinegar is essential for breaking down the stain. You can add more or less depending on the concentration of your dish detergent.
- Pour one tablespoon of liquid dish detergent into two cups of cool water, along with one tablespoon of vinegar.
- Next, dab the stained area with a clean white cloth dipped in the vinegar-detergent solution.
- Let the cloth sit on the stain for at least 30 minutes. Blot with a clean cloth after every 5 minutes.
- Sponge the area with cool water after 30 minutes and blot until the liquid has all dried.
- All stains will disappear within 30 minutes.
Remedy 2: Enter Bleach
If your carpet is really stained, you may want to try using bleach and a carpet cleaner. However, this is only advisable if your carpet is light-colored.
- Cover the stained area in ¼ cup of bleach and one gallon of cool water. I prefer using chlorine bleach. But you should use chlorine only if it is compatible with your fabric.
- Let the carpet soak in water and bleach for 30 minutes.
- Now, launder.
You will find that the stain will disappear after drying the carpet, and the carpet will sparkle like new.
Remedy 3: Dish Detergent & Ammonia Combo
If you have ammonia at home, even better! I like ammonia because it is very effective when you have a lot of fruit punch to remove.
- Add one tablespoon dish soap to two cups of cool water, along with one tablespoon of ammonia.
- Next, use the solution to sponge the stain
- Let the stain soak in the solution for 30 minutes. As usual, blot after 5 minutes with a clean cloth.
- You will be able to remove fruit punch on your favorite carpet after 30 minutes by using cold water and a sponge.
Remedy 4: Rubbing Alcohol to the Rescue!
Are you out of ammonia, bleach, or any of the above ingredients? That’s no problem if you have rubbing alcohol handy. Rubbing alcohol is another effective method to get rid of stubborn stains. Also, this method is fairly straightforward and easy!
- Pour rubbing alcohol over the stained area and rub the area until all stains have come off.
- Remove the stain by blotting thoroughly.
- And finally, use cold water to get rid of alcohol.
A maximum of 10-15 rubs should suffice for this technique. So it is not time-consuming.
Remedy 5: Good Ol’ Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda always comes through for us, doesn’t it?
- Apply vinegar to the stained area, then sprinkle baking soda on top, and scrub with a dish sponge.
- Remove stains from the carpet by scrubbing them thoroughly. While scrubbing, add vinegar as necessary. Lemon juice drops will also improve results.
Remedy 6: Hydrogen Peroxide
This substance is great for pet stains, but it works on fruity ones too!
But if you overdo it, it could cause more harm than good. Just like bleach and vinegar, hydrogen peroxide can wreck your carpet’s color.
To prevent it, choose a 3% peroxide and dilute it with water. Rub it onto the stain, but don’t wait too long! Rinse after no more than half an hour. You can sprinkle in some baking soda, but it’s not a must.
Remedy 7: Get Your Iron
If you think I’m kidding, you’re wrong.
But before your iron gets onto the stage, you’ll need to pre-treat the stain with some dish soap.
- Rub a driblet of soap in and let it sit for a while.
- Take a clean white towel and cover the stain with it.
- Turn on the iron and press the towel.
- Voila! Your stain has just transferred from the carpet onto the towel.
Can Steam Cleaning Get Fruit Punch Out of Carpet?
Since fruit punch falls under water-soluble stains, steam cleaning is an efficient method for getting rid of all fruit stains. From rotten fruit to fruit juices and punch!
However, I would NOT recommend using a steam cleaner for fruit punch removal from carpet if your carpet is made from natural fiber. The reason is that steam cleaning can cause carpets made from natural fiber to shrink.