Food colouring dropped on your carpet, what to do?

foodcolourExciting times, making a cake for your daughters birthday, go to mix the food colouring into the icing and the unthinkable happens!

You have just knocked the food colouring off the bench and onto the living room floor, the carpeted floor.

What do you do?
Don’t Panic
Quick! Remove that stain NOW.

The sooner you attend to the stain, the greater your chance of keeping your carpet in good condition. Remember, the longer the stain has to set, the harder it will be to get it out.

Remove the stain right away!

Food colouring is a dye that is safe to eat. Food companies use it to make their product look good, but remember it is a dye. If you spilled food colouring onto your carpet, you are basically just poured dye on it but don’t worry! You can try getting the stain out before hiring a professional cleaner.

Here’s how to get food colouring out of your carpet:

  • Using a paper towel, gently blot any excess spill. Make sure you blot don’t rub as you don’t want to make the stain worse or spread it.
  • Make a solution. Use one tablespoon white vinegar, one tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent and two cups of warm water.

If the food colouring is red, use ammonia instead of vinegar. Pour this solution into a white, clean cloth and sponge it onto your carpet. Dab the carpet dry with a paper towel. You may repeat the process until no stain can be seen on your carpet.

  • Using a rubbing alcohol, sponge any remaining stain. Don’t forget to wipe it dry with a paper towel.
  • Pile a bunch of paper towels where the stain used to be. Weigh down the paper with a heavy object – a pile of books perhaps. This will help absorb all the moisture that is left.
  • Sprinkle a little carpet freshener or bi carb soda to make your carpet smell fresh again.

Fast action is essential to limit the amount of damage that food colouring can do to your carpet.

Call for help, you will probably need to hire a professional cleaner to make sure all the stain has been removed and there is no long term effect to your carpet.

Food colouring dropped on your carpet, what to do?

Contact Country Life Carpet Care as soon as possible. We offer professional carpet cleaning at an affordable price! Ring us now and let us help you.