How To Remove Milk From Carpet in Boulder, CO 80301.

How To Remove Milk From Carpet in Boulder, CO 80301.

By Ken Strid, Owner, Cleancare of Boulder. Call us at 303-530-0646. Find us at For more info packed articles, go to Cleancare Articles.

You know the saying: “There’s no use crying over spilled milk!”  However,  if a milk spill isn’t treated correctly, it can leave a sour smell in addition to attracting a stain on the carpet. Like any other spill or stain, it is best to attend to it immediately. If you have a white or light colored carpet, and you can’t really see the stain, that doesn’t mean that you don’t need to treat the spill.  The reason for this is that the fat and protein in milk will stick to the carpet fibers and backing, providing a great food source for bacteria. And that will provide you with a horrible odor.

Plus, over time milk residue will attract soil, resulting in a dark stain. Countless times I have asked my clients, “What do you suppose that dark stain is.” And countless times they shrug their shoulders and reply, “I have no idea!”  The biggest reason for not knowing where a stain comes from is that spilled milk on carpet usually does not look like anything. Especially to your kids.  So when it is spilled, it is often not cleaned up. Over a period of 3 to 4 weeks, however, that milk spill will attract dirt and become a dark stain that “magically” appears from nowhere. With a lower fat content, skim milk is likely to cause less damage than full fat milk. So, if the kids spill full fat milk then time is of the essence. If skim milk is spilled then your response time isn’t quite as important. For professional spot removal try Cleancare of Boulder. We've removed countless spots and spills over the years and we'll happily remove yours, too.  And they'll be gone for good!

Here are 5 quick steps for dealing with a milk stain or spill: 

1.  BLOT: For a fresh milk spill, blot the spill using a clean cloth or paper towel placing heavy downwards pressure on the towel.

2.  DETERGENT SOLUTION: Mix two cups of warm water, with one tablespoon of hand dishwashing detergent. DO NOT use hot water as this may set the stain. Sponge the stain using the diluted detergent solution and then blot dry using a clean white cloth or paper towel.

3.  RINSE: Rinse the stain with fresh water. Do this by sponging the area with fresh water and blotting with a thick absorbent cloth. I recommend using a towel folded double and either standing on the towel or applying downwards pressure with your knuckles. Keep blotting until you’re unable to remove any more moisture from the carpet.

4. SPOT CLEANER: As a final step, I recommend lightly spraying the carpet with Avenge carpet stain remover and blotting with a clean cloth.  This will help remove any remaining stains in addition to any invisible fat from the milk still attached to the carpet fibers. Avenge does not need to be rinsed form carpet and will not attract soil.

5.  OR AMMONIA SOLUTION: If stain remains and you do not have Avenge carpet stain remover (Cleancare gives you a FREE bottle of Avenge any time we clean for you), mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Using the ammonia solution, sponge onto the stain and blot dry. Repeat step 3, thoroughly rinsing the carpet (failure to rinse away all the ammonia may cause long term damage to the carpet fibers so only use ammonia if absolutely necessary).

If you’ve treated the spill as outlined above, but you can still smell an odor from the milk after several days, then it’s likely that some of the milk has penetrated through to the backing of the carpet and underlay. Your Cleancare carpet cleaning technician will be able to flood an anti-bacterial/anti-fungal product into the carpet and underlay and then use our Flash Extractor tool to permanently remove the cause of this odor.

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