You thought it was a good day to mix chocolate milk with that protein powder, then tripped on your way to the couch.
Or you gave the kids a cup without a lid and hoped they could handle it. You turn your back for a minute, your dog comes bounding in and wants affection. The kids move to the living room, chocolate milk in tow. Blissfully unaware of the consequences of a chocolate milk spill. The dog is all over them. Mayhem ensues. You hear the sound of crying over spilled milk (yes, I did that). You rush into the living room to gaze upon the scene, the splattered mess on your carpet.
There is no way you could have stopped it, you think. The dog can see your look of dismay and runs down the hall where you cannot see him. It is like one of those commercials you see on your favorite channel. The one where you avoid a mess in time by using the item they are selling.
For a short time, you wonder if you should have gotten that item.
In any case, the chocolate milk is soaking into the carpet, and it is not going anywhere anytime soon.
Unless you can find a way to remedy this situation, you blot up the mess and pull a chair over it until you have forgotten that it is there. One day you are about to move out, and you uncover the months-old stain. It must be where the odor permeating the house has originated. Are you worried about getting your deposit back due to chocolate milk, of all things?
Want to know how to get that chocolate milk out of your carpet? Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do that.
How to remove chocolate milk stains from the carpet?
If the chocolate milk stain is new, blot any excess out with a paper towel. Take one tablespoon of dish detergent and mix with water. Apply this to the area and let it sit for ten minutes.
Blot the stain with paper towels. Be gentle and do not rub the stain because this will cause it to work further into your carpet fibers. If you have a vacuum that works with liquid spills, you can use it to finish removing the water from the carpet.
If the stain is hard to remove with dish detergent and water, try using the method below to remove stains.
Mix 2 parts baking soda, 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part dish detergent in a bowl. Spread this over the chocolate milk stains and let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
Use some water to rinse the stain-remover out of the carpet. Repeat this rinsing, blotting technique until the area is dry. If the stain is stubborn and remains after the first time, repeat this method 2-3 times until it is gone.
Removing odor from carpet stained by chocolate milk?
To remove odor from chocolate milk, mix baking soda with some water and apply it to the stain.
Let it sit overnight, then use a butter knife to break up the hardened baking soda. Use a vacuum cleaner over the area.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How does baking soda remove chocolate stains?
Use baking soda with hydrogen peroxide and dish soap to remove stains from your carpet. Baking soda draws the chocolate stains out of the carpet and helps neutralize odors at the same time. Baking soda is an inexpensive way to take care of a common problem.Be sure to use the baking soda odor-neutralizing recipe with baking soda and water. Let it sit overnight before vacuuming to reduce the odor.
Does lemon juice remove chocolate stains?
You can use lemon juice to pretreat the chocolate stains on your carpet for a better clean. Cover the area with lemon juice and let it sit for five minutes. Blot it up after five minutes. Use the step-by-step method above to finish cleaning the chocolate milk stains.
Does hydrogen peroxide remove chocolate stains?
Hydrogen-peroxide removers are effective at getting rid of the stain.
Mix ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, ¼ cup dish detergent together. Cover the stains with this mixture and let it sit for fifteen minutes. Pour some lukewarm water over the stain and use a paper towel to blot it up.
If you have a large stain, you can double the recipe to make more stain-remover.
Do chocolate ice cream stains come out?
Try to clean chocolate ice cream out of your carpet as soon as possible. If the proteins get enough time to set, this can make the process more difficult.
Scoop and blot up any residual ice cream, then use cold water to soak the stain for 5-10 minutes. Use the step-by-step method above to finish cleaning the area.
Does milk remove chocolate stains?
You can use a small amount of milk to help you remove the chocolate stain from your carpet. It sounds contradictory. But, there is an enzyme in milk that can be helpful with cleaning the stain.
Take cold milk and apply it to the stain for 15 minutes. Blot it up with some lukewarm water and dish detergent. Finish cleaning with the method above.
Depending on what items you have, try these methods to rid yourself of that chocolate milk stain on your carpet. Remember that baking soda is your best friend when dealing with the odor from old milk stains.
While cleaning the stain on your carpet, do not brush too hard. You do not want to make the stains soak into your carpet any more than they have. Cleaning can be enjoyable as well as frustrating. Take your time with the methods above, do not rush them, and it will be alright.
Oh, and try putting your chocolate milk in a cup with a lid next time you drink it.