How to Get Orange Juice Out of Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstery
Oranges and orange juice are very popular, great tasting, and refreshing fruit and beverage, which occasionally end on very visible surfaces like carpets, rugs, upholstery, and similar.
Oranges and orange juice leave visible stains that can be removed completely, but that requires some time and effort.
Here are several methods that can help one get the orange juice stains out of carpets, upholstery, and similar surfaces.
Published: June 23, 2022.
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How to Remove Fresh Orange Juice Stains Using Home Cleaning Solutions
When trying to remove orange juice or any other stain, it is of utmost importance to act as quickly as possible after the juice is spilled:
- Scrape any visible orange,
- Using a paper towel or a clean, dry cloth blot up as much of the orange juice as possible by pressing the paper towel/cloth onto the surface - don't try to rub the stain, the juice will penetrate even deeper and stick to the fibers even better,
- Use a clean, soft, color-safe cloth to sponge the orange juice stain with the cleaning solution made of:
- one tablespoon of washing-up liquid detergent mixed with two cups of warm (warm, not hot) water, or
- one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent mixed with two cups of warm (warm, not hot) water, or
- mix 1/4 teaspoon of carpet shampoo (or as recommended by the carpet shampoo manufacturer) with one liter of warm water.
Note: such cleaning solutions are not aggressive and should not cause discoloration of carpets, area rugs, or upholstery. If You have more sensitive surfaces, check what kind of cleaning solutions can be used to clean them.
- Use a clean, color-safe cloth to sponge the orange juice stain with the cleaning solution until the stain is gone,
- When the stain is gone, if the surface is sticky due to the use of a cleaning solution, spray some clean warm water over the cleaned area,
- Using a paper towel or dry, color-safe cloth, remove any excess liquid (cleaning solution or water) by pressing the paper towel/dry cloth onto the surface - rubbing the surface may cause damage to the fibers.
And that is all - now all one has to do is to let the carpet, area rug, or upholstery air dry.
While this method can be successfully used for cleaning dried orange juice stains, from time to time, dried orange juice stains require a little bit more work.
How to Clean Dried Orange Juice Stains
Dried orange juice and similar stains can be cleaned using a mix of ammonia and water:
- Moisten the orange juice stain with clean, warm (warm, not hot) water,
- Blot the stain with the cleaning solution until the stain is gone,
- Spray some warm clean, water over the stain and remove the water by pressing the paper towel or clean and dry, color-safe cloth onto the carpet surface,
- Let the carpet fully air dry.
And that is all. This method is simple, but it requires users to mix ammonia with water (mix ammonia with plain water - never, but really never mix ammonia with bleach!!!), to pretreat the surface with water, etc.
If You want to clean fresh or dry carpet stains of any kind (not just orange juice), consider having a spray bottle of carpet cleaning pretreat solution - such solutions are commonly used with carpet washers/shampooers and carpet spot cleaners, but they can be used for manual cleaning as well.
For the actual cleaning procedure, check the instructions on the carpet pretreat solution - generally, the stain cleaning procedure is rather simple:
- Pretreat the stain with the carpet stain pretreat cleaning solution and wait 3-5 minutes,
- Gently blot the area using a clean and damp, color-safe cloth,
- When the stain is removed, dry the carpet using a paper towel/dry cloth by pressing it onto the carpet surface,
- Let the carpet air dry - and that's it.
Note: modern stain pretreat cleaning solutions are kids and pets safe when used as recommended.
How to Clean Orange Juice Stains From Carpet Using Carpet Spot Cleaners
Carpet spot cleaners are small but efficient cleaning aids, helping the users to clean stubborn stains from various surfaces including carpets, stairs, rugs, upholstery, etc.
Carpet spot cleaners are very similar to full-size carpet washers/shampooers in terms of cleaning - they usually feature a two-tank design, with one tank being used for the cleaning solution, and the second tank for dirty liquids.
The most stubborn stains should be pretreated and left for 3-5 minutes, after which the user can clean the surface using the spot cleaners.
After cleaning, the carpet is left air dry for a few hours - and that is all.
Note: spot cleaners differ in terms of design and the list of available cleaning tools, but most of them feature flexible cleaning hoses and cleaning brushes.
The good thing about spot cleaners is that they can be used to completely wash/clean smaller carpets, area rugs, car seats, stairs, pet beds, and similar surfaces - for regular washing of larger carpeted areas, full-size carpet cleaners/washers are recommended.
Long Story Short: Fresh orange juice stains can be removed fairly easily. Dried orange juice stains require a little bit more work and time - stain pretreat solutions can be of great help for cleaning dried stains.
For pet owners, parents of small children, or people having heavily used and soiled carpets, carpet spot cleaners and/or carpet cleaners/washers are highly recommended for keeping the carpets and other surfaces thoroughly clean.