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How To Remove Kool-Aid From Carpet





To clean Kool-Aid from synthetic carpet, follow the procedures listed below.  Begin with step one, progressing only to the next step if necessary.  Remember that you always want to use the gentlest approach to cleaning a carpet stain first.


(Begin with step 1, if the stain remains then proceed to the next step. Always test the following stain removal solutions in an inconspicuous area first to make sure they won't damage your carpet.)

Synthetic Carpet

1.  Use a detergent solution by mixing one teaspoon of clear dish washing liquid with one cup of warm water. Make sure the water is not hot.

2.  Create an ammonia solution by mixing one tablespoon of clear household ammonia (3% solution) with 1/2 cup water. (WARNING: Never mix ammonia with chlorine bleach as it will create extremely hazardous fumes!)


We've received several emails over the last few months asking for advice on how to remove Kool-Aid from carpet. After reading the third or fourth email, I wanted some Kool-Aid. I haven't had any in probably fifteen years or longer? It actually tasted pretty darn good. Sugary, but tasty. Really brings back memories.

Enough reminiscing. So you've got a nice dark spot of grape kool aid right in front of the television on your brand new white plush carpet. We feel for you, honestly. It can be heartbreaking when a bad spill occurs in a prominent area of the home. With kids you've got to take the bad with the good.

First get up as much of the spill as you can by blotting at it with paper towels. As one becomes saturated with fruity goodness, toss it away and grab another. When you've blotted up as much as possible, it's time to move on to step one listed above. If cleaning a rug, be sure to blot from the bottom as well.

Using the detergent solution listed in step one, gently apply it to the stain with a sponge or clean towel. Pat it gently, don't rub at it. You want to allow the detergent to act, and then remove the mixture hopefully pulling up the kool-aid as well. Pat on the solution then blot it off with paper towels. Continue until the stain is gone. Rinse with plain water.

The kool aid is being stubborn? Then please mix together the solution listed in step two. Make sure you've cleaned off all of the detergent solution before applying the ammonia.

Use the same process to apply the ammonia solution. Gently blot it on, then dab it off with clean paper towels. Continue until you've removed as much of the stain as possible. When finished, rinse with plain water and thoroughly dry the area.

We sincerely hope that you were successful. If not, hopefully the spill is in an inconspicuous area. A few years back I spilled red wine in the living room right in front of the television. The carpet was off-white and I was unable to fully remove the stain. So I ordered a nice looking area rug and threw it over the stain.

It brightened up the room and I didn't have to pay to have the area re-carpeted. You don't have to spend a thousand dollars either. I've actually seen some very nice looking, cheap area rugs at Ikea.