The Spotlight: Orange Juice

Categories: Carpet Cleaning Tips

Healthy mandarin juice on wooden table

Last month we learned how to clean up coffee, and this month we’re looking at another breakfast beverage – orange juice. This sweet, tangy drink is healthy, refreshing and perfect with breakfast, but it can be an annoying spill to clean up. Whenever you drop a glass of OJ, here’s what you should do:

- Step 1 -
Blot up as much of the orange juice as you can with a clean towel, working from the outside edge toward the center. It’s important not to scrub at the spot, as that can actually make the stain worse.

- Step 2 -
In a bowl, mix four cups of warm water, 1 tsp. of a clear dish soap and 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. Soak a rag in the solution and wring it out until it’s damp.

- Step 3 -
Using this rag, blot at the spot, working from the outside edge toward the center.* Re-wet the rag as necessary.

- Step 4 -
Next, blot dry the treated area with a clean towel. If the spot still remains, repeat Steps 3 – 4 until no more of the spot comes up.

- Step 5 -
Now that you’ve treated the spot, you’ll need to rinse it to remove any residual cleaning solution. Spritz the area with warm water until it’s damp.

- Step 6 -
Blot the area with a clean towel until it’s dry.

- Step 7 -
Once you’ve done all that, let the carpet sit until it’s completely dry and then thoroughly vacuum the area.

Hopefully, the spot is gone and you’ll be free to enjoy your next glass of orange juice – just try to be more careful this time.

Thanks to, Mary Ylisela of eHow and the team at WikiHow for the great information.

*Before you use a cleaning solution, always test it on an inconspicuous area of the carpet. After applying the solution, wait 30-60 seconds and then blot with a clean towel to make sure there’s no color-loss or damage. You’ll want to be very careful if you have a carpet made of natural fibers.