Irn Bru And Sugary Drink Stains

Jun, 2020Carpet Cleaning, Stain and Odour Removal, Upholstery Cleaning

Irn Bru And Sugary Drink Stains- DIY Removal:

Irn bru and sugary drink stains can be extremely difficult to remove. Here we provide a few diy steps to remove Irn bru and sugary drinks (Fanta, Coke), but particularly Irn Bru stains. Irn Bru stains, even for a professional carpet/upholstery cleaner, and are renowned for their difficulty to remove from fabrics due to the colourant contained in their recipes! Hopefully, these DIY steps may help you in removing the stain…

irn bru & sugary drink stains - diy removal

However, you could try ‘Dye Gone’ which has shown excellent results:  Advisory Note: Be careful when using this product on coloured wool carpets as it could bleach the carpet!

Step 1: Mix a solution of two cups cold water, one tablespoon washing up liquid, and one tablespoon of white vinegar.

Step 2: Using this solution, blot the stain clean with a cloth.
Helpful Hint: For each of these solutions suggested be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as is necessary to remove the stain.

Step 3:  Next, blot at the stain until the liquid is absorbed.

Step 4:  Repeat steps 2-3 until the stains are removed from the upholstery, or at least as much of the stain as is possible.

Step 5:  Now use some cold water and a clean cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.

Step 6:  If the spot is removed, stop. If not, next, blot the stain with some surgical spirit, blotting at the stain until as much of it comes off as is possible.

Step 7:  Again use some cold water and a clean cloth and blot the area to remove the surgical spirit, and then blot dry.

Step 8:  If the spot is removed, stop. If not, next, mix a solution of two cups of cool water, one tablespoon washing up liquid, and one tablespoon of ammonia.

Step 9:  Using this solution, blot the spot with a clean cloth.
Advisory Notes:  Ammonia can be harmful to some upholstery fabrics, so be sure to test this solution in an inconspicuous area first!

Step 10:  Blot the upholstery with the ammonia solution, blotting until the stain is removed.

Step 11:  Now use some cold water and a clean cloth and blot the area to remove the ammonia solution, and then blot dry.

How To Get An Irn Bru Or Sugary Drink Stain Out Of Carpet:

The steps, above,  for getting a sugary drink stain out of upholstery is the same for carpet. Advisory Notes:  Ammonia is not as harmful to synthetic carpet fibres as it is to woollen carpet fibres which it can seriously damage.

If the carpet is synthetic, and the Irn bru or sugary drink stain is really stubborn, try mixing a solution of one-part ammonia to one part in very hot water and using this to try to remove the stain.

Apply some of the solutions to the carpet and then blot with a towel. To get the solution really hot you can use a steam iron; by applying the iron to the towel covering the stain, but be careful not to burn or melt your carpet!

Some synthetic carpet fibres have a low melting point, so test in an inconspicuous area first when considering using either ammonia or steam iron.

It should be noted the above tips are included on this blog for educational purposes and are not for the ‘faint-hearted’: if you do decide to carry out the removal of a particular sugary drink stain, you do so of your own volition!  The above tips do work, but even as a trained and professional carpet cleaner, I find they can be difficult to master and it is only with the professional training, and experience, that they have allowed me with success in their use.  If you are having a problem removing these types of stains then please get in touch by using the ‘contact us’ button below or, simply call us on 01786 817401 for professional advice.

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