Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Google Saves The Day.......Again.

Well, it must be a run of bad luck.....or maybe a 2 year old who doesnt like eating or drinking at the table, but I have another story of carpet stain trauma. Red and purple Kool Aid stains! Because we are renting this house and also because the landlord was already nervous about this "expensive" carpet, I am super paranoid about stains in the carpet. These KoolAid stains have sat a while too which made them even more impossible to get out of the carpet. So, I turned to Google again. I figured if I could find a way to get red nail polish out of the carpet, then I could find something about KoolAid too! And I did. It was such a cool trick, that I am sharing it with you all. I know a lot of my readers have small children and I know Im not the only one who gets stains in her carpet. So, here you go:

First make a solution of about a teaspoon of the regular blue Dawn dishsoap and 2 cups of warm/hot water. Next, wet a white cotton cloth with the dishsoap solution and then wring it out so that it isnt sopping wet. Lay it over the stain ( I also got the stain wet with the solution too before I laid the cloth on it). Now heat your clothes iron up on the lowest setting and then set it on top of the cloth and leave it there for about 15 minutes. You may have to repeat this a couple of times depending on how old the stain is but it really works! Dont rub or press on the iron. Just let it sit there and somehow the heat pulls out the red dye. It is so cool. Apparently this is how professional carpet cleaners get stains out of carpet. Now you dont have to pay anyone to do it for you!

Here are a couple of pictures: the first one shows the red stain after all other attempts to get it out failed. This was as good as I could get it out without the new trick. The next picture shows the cloth after I laid the iron on it.....see all the red it pulled out! I am happy to say that the stain is gone!


Anonymous said...

you are amazing :)
just thought i'd let you know that lol
miss you guys!
Love Mandy :)

Alisha said...

How cool is that! I have a couple of carpet stains, not Kool-aid, but do you think it would work for other stuff?