The person who came up with the expression ‘there’s no use crying over spilled milk’ probably never spilled a glass of it on their brand-new carpet. Nothing is worse than finding yourself staring at a big puddle of milk on your carpet, unsure of how to clean it up without leaving behind a stain or damaging your carpet in the process.
One of the biggest challenges associated with getting spilled milk out of a carpet is figuring out how to keep it from smelling. Any milk that is left behind in the carpet can develop a sour smell that permeates the entire room. This smell can be incredibly challenging to get rid of. That is why it is so important to clean the milk up properly right away before it has a chance to develop any kind of unpleasant aroma.
The key to success is to act quickly. Your goal should be to get the milk removed from the carpet before it has a chance to sour. The minute that you notice the spilled milk, you should begin dealing with it. Never allow it to just sit on the carpeting.
Instead, get a couple of clean towels in a light color such as white or beige that won’t transfer color to your carpeting. Additionally, get a bowl of clean, lukewarm water. Begin by using one of the towels to blot as much of the milk as possible up out of the carpeting. Avoid using a rubbing motion since this can damage the fibers of the carpet. Instead, use a gentle up-and-down blotting motion to soak the liquid up out of the carpeting.
Blot the affected area
Next, moisten the edge of one of the towels with water and continue blotting the affected area. Continue this process several more times. The water will help dilute any remaining milk in the carpeting and the blotting motion will help lift it up out of the carpet fibers.
Get a professional
If you still start to notice an unpleasant smell coming from the stain even after your best efforts, you may need to take more drastic measures. Typically, if your carpet has already started to smell, your best option is to rent a steam cleaner to clean the affected area. These cleaners shoot hot water down into your carpeting, dissolving any remaining milk that may be left behind in the carpet and the underlying carpet pad. They then use a powerful vacuum to suck both the water and the last of the milk up out of the carpeting.
The trick to getting spilled milk out of a carpet is to act quickly. Never allow the milk to sit on the carpet for too long or it could spoil. Also, be sure that you thoroughly blot the area and use fresh water to help remove the milk before it has a chance to dry. Remember, just because you can’t see a stain on the surface of the carpeting doesn’t mean that the milk hasn’t worked its way down deeper into the underlying fibers and carpet pad. Read more on how to clean an old rug safely.