Wednesday, July 1, 2009

You will all worship me when you need this information . . .

This little menace spilled red gatorade on my carpet this afternoon. 

At first, I didn't panic.  My sister gave me some Oreck stain remover that she claims gets up everything.  It didn't touch it.  

I then tried my tried and true Scrubbing Bubbles (which has taken on a mysticism not like Windex in the movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" in my house.)  It didn't touch it.

I tried hydrogen peroxide--nothing.  

At this point, my breathing started to quicken and I imagined a big red stain forever in the center of my Great Room carpet.  I then went on-line and after reading things for about a 1/2 hour, combined some of the suggestions and did the following:

Mix 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent (like Dawn) with one cup of water.  With a white cloth, dab onto the stain and let sit for 15 minutes.

Soak a white cloth in water and place over the stain.  With a hot iron, press into the white cloth.

Success!  The red stain started to absorb into the white towel.  After doing this about 15 times (with fresh, wet towels), the stain was gone.  

Then, to rinse the soapy residue off the carpet, mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 cups water and dab onto the stain.

Then with warm water and towel, rinse again to get the vinegar/soap residue out.

Like the title says, if you ever have such a thing happen, you will worship me.


David said...

i wonder if oxy clean or kaboom would work!

hey, thanks for the tips!

Lisa said...

I will definately remember this!

Melinda said...

You forgot the last step: laundry for all the rags!

Thanks for the tip. I will remember that. I would not have thought to use the iron.

Jude said...

Fun to find you. I add you to my feed so I can keep up with the Johnsons! Take care!

michelle said...

I am going to remember this post and pray I never need it!