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How to Remove Kool-aid stains from carpet in Gainesville FL

Dreyer’s DKI Guide on how to Remove Kool Aid Stains

Everybody loves a glass of iced cold Kool-Aid on a hot summer day It’s quite refreshing but it’s anything but refreshing when it gets on your carpet and leaves a visible Kool-Aid stain.  

With Dreyer’s DKI guide to removing Kool-Aid stains in Gainesville, you can tackle any accidental stains on your carpet.  When you do get those kool-aid spills don’t worry – with a few handy at home-remedies, it won’t ruin your day, but before let's get some background information about Kool Aid.

Have you ever wondered about the history of Kool-Aid? It actually was invented in Hastings, Nebraska back in 1927 by a man named Edwin Perkins. All of his mixing experiments took place in his mother’s kitchen, where he took a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack and removed the liquid. He did this in an effort to reduce shipping costs. Only powder was left – and he called this powder Kool-Aid. In 1953, General Foods bought Kool-Aid (today, Kraft Foods actually owns Kool-Aid). In the spirit of Mr. Perkins’ discovery, the town of Hastings still celebrates the birthplace of this famous summertime drink by hosting an annual festival called “Kool-Aid Days". 

So what exactly is this famous summertime drink made of? Well modern Kool-Aid products have certainly evolved since 1927. There is a lot more variety to choose from now, with Kool-Aid coming in envelopes, canisters, singles, “Jammers” and “Bursts.” 

How to Remove Kool Aid Stains from Carpet

  1. Upon discovering the Kool-Aid stain, it’s important to act as quickly as possible before the stain sets into the carpet fibers. Use a few clean paper towels to soak up any Kool-Aid. Do your best to blot the Kool-Aid stain (instead of scrubbing).
  2. Take 1 cup of warm water and mix it with ½ teaspoon of mild liquid dishwashing detergent (dishwasher and laundry detergent may be a bit too strong, as they often leave residue on your carpet and contain fragrances).
  3. Apply this cleaning solution directly onto the Kool-Aid stain using a clean white cloth (using a white cloth will help you see how much of the Kool-Aid is being absorbed from the carpet).  Start from the outside of the stain and work your way in, being careful not to spread the stain onto other areas of the carpet.
  4. If you can still see the Kool-Aid stain, mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of white vinegar.
  5. Using this white vinegar solution and a clean white cloth, repeat steps 1 through 3.
  6. After applying the white vinegar to remove red Kool-Aid from carpet, if the stain is still visible, mix 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of ammonia.
  7. Apply this ammonia solution directly onto the remaining stain and blot from the outside in.  There is a chance the ammonia may lighten the carpet slightly, so be sure to test the ammonia on a smaller area of carpet before applying a large amount.
  8. Once the Kool-Aid stain is no longer visible, apply cold water directly to the stain to rinse the carpet.
  9. Blot up any remaining moisture.

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