How To Clean Milk from Carpet-easily

It’s time to learn how to clean milk out of the rug. Milk is one of the essentials in any home, so it is quite common to have spills every now and then. But it can leave ugly stains and unpleasant odors, especially in the thick, sumptuous rugs. In this article you will learn simple, […]

It’s time to learn how to clean milk out of the rug. Milk is one of the essentials in any home, so it is quite common to have spills every now and then. But it can leave ugly stains and unpleasant odors, especially in the thick, sumptuous rugs.

In this article you will learn simple, DIY homemade tricks to clean spilled milk, remove milk stains and get rid of the spoiled milk smell.

All my methods are simple and you probably have the necessary ingredients for cleaning milk in your home!

Before we move on to the techniques, let’s see if milk causes stains.

Girl Glass Milk Sitting
Have children? Get used to spilled milk on the rug

Are milk stains?

Milk seems like an easy thing to clean. Most people think it is enough to wipe it off with a piece of paper towel. But it may work on flat surfaces.

When it comes to rugs, carpets, furniture, car seats and other textile surfaces, things can get a little more complicated.

If the milk is not processed, it can penetrate deep into carpet fibers and leave an unpleasant stain. Spilled milk can not only ruin your carpet, but it can also spoil and start to smell awful.

The smell of sour milk is hard to get rid of by simply ventilating rooms, you have to deal with the source of the smell.

Why does milk leave stains?

You have probably spilled milk before and you are aware that it leaves a stain on textile surfaces. Cleaning milk requires some elbow grease.

It’s because of the chemical compound. Milk is protein. Proteins harden when it dries in contact with air. If this happens, it can be difficult to remove it.

For example, if you If you spill milk on the tile floor, you can easily wipe it off. But cleaning the carpet requires more skills.

Carpet fibers are textiles with absorbent properties. It absorbs the milk, the milk protein hardens when it dries, and the result is – ugly stain.

In addition, milk is prone to bacteria. If left untreated, bacteria can develop rapidly.

Cow’s milk and soy milk are particularly challenging to remove. On the other hand, breast milk is the easiest to remove as it is not sticky or greasy.

What chemicals can ruin your rug?

When you spill something on your carpet, you probably skip to clean it with the powerful cleaning solution you own. However, it can ruin your rug even more.

Even some purchased products are too harsh for the rugs and can be counterproductive. Therefore, even if you are dealing with something as common as the milk leak, be careful to remove the stain but do not damage the carpet.

Careful use of chemicals

Cleaning solutions from stores promise magical cleaning, but they leave toxic residues in the carpet. Therefore, they can leave your carpets dirty, damaged. Common signs are discoloration and stickiness on the stains where you applied the product. Compared to that, milk stains are not that bad.

I strongly advise against using the harsh chemical to remove milk stains. But if you can not resist the urge, do a test on a small area.

The alternative is to use DIY gentle but effective carpet cleaners.

Keep reading to find out how to make them.

How is the milk cleaned out of the rug?

There are several ways to clean the milk on carpets and rugs. When the spill occurs, the rule to follow is: The faster, the better. However, when the spill begins to curl and take a sour twist, the stain can be difficult to get rid of the carpet.

Here are the top tips for cleaning your milk stains, both fresh and hard.

First reaction

Things you need:

  • Paper towel or any absorbent cloth

Blotting the milk from the blanket is probably your immediate reaction. But carry with me for this one. Take a paper towel and stain, do not scrub or dry the area. Blotting helps absorb milk residues, while drying pushes the milk deeper into the fibers.

It may be irrelevant for the cheap blankets with short hair. However, if you own a sumptuous rug with a long pile, pushing milk further into the rug will result in a disgusting odor and a harder stain.

If you come home to a wet stain on your rug, do the same and work your way until the paper towels are not left completely dry.

That way, you absorb most of the fluid.

Milk fell on the floor
Use a paper towel to absorb the milk as quickly as possible

Residues of dry milk

If several hours have passed and you have not noticed the milk spill, it is probably the sour smell that will alert you.

When you finally recognize the place where one of your family members accidentally spilled the milk, it can be dried and crusty with texture. If so, here’s what you need to do first.

Things you need:

  • Scraper
  • Spray the bottle with clean water
  • Toothbrush
  • Washing soap
  • Towels

Use a scraper to scrape dried milk from the spot. You can also use the carpet vacuum cleaner to remove residue and clean the area.

The next thing to do is to spray the area lightly with clean water. Then put a small amount of detergent on the spot. Scrub gently with a toothbrush. Moisten the towel and squeeze the excess water before rinsing the surface with it.

When done, use a dry towel to remove the residue.

Use of dish soap for large milk stains

If someone has accidentally spilled a lot of milk on the rug, you have a complex task ahead of you.

What you need:

  • Mushroom
  • Cheers
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Cloth

Dishwashing detergent removes stains effectively, but you need to dilute it in water. Mix several drops of dish soap in a bowl of water, and stir until you make foam. Dip the sponge into the bowl, wring it out and start working.

First, cover the edges of the stain and work your way to the stain center. Simply and dry the stains when applying your bowl and water solution. Then prepare a bowl of clean water and rinse the sponge while working your way around the stain.

Repeat the process until you cover the entire area. When done, use a cloth to wipe the area completely. Dishwashing liquid is also an excellent solution to remove other stains from the carpet.

Housewife cleaning rug
Milk stains may not be as visible on light blankets, but the unpleasant odor bothers you

Cleaning of milk stains with ammonia

If for some reason you have not noticed the stains for several days and the milk penetrated into the carpet fibers, you have an ugly stain in front of you. The detergent may not work because the stain is completely dry and even spraying with water will not help you. Then you have to bring the big guns – ammonia.

Things you need:

  • Measuring cup and a teaspoon
  • Spray can
  • Paper towel
  • Ammonia

Ammonia is an excellent choice for cleaning various stains caused by gravy, ink, pets and milk. However, you need to be careful not to cause more clutter.

One teaspoon of ammonia is enough for a cup of water. Mix ammonia and water and pour them into the spray bottle.

Then spray the stained area with the solution and let it sit for a few minutes. Do not wait too long, because the colors of the rug may fade if they stay long. Two or three minutes is enough.

Use a paper towel and ink the colored area. Finish the process tomorrow if you are not happy with the results.

If you have wool blankets, the use of ammonia will work even better than commercial solutions. Maintaining a wool rug can be more challenging, but a good vacuum cleaner for the wool rug before ammonia cleans it more efficiently.

Watch this video to know more:

Watch video: Using ammonia for carpets – safe method

Cleaning of milk stains from carpet with corn starch

Surprisingly, corn starch works quite well to remove stains from the carpet. You can try the corn starch method on both old and fresh milk stains.

Things you need:

  • Corn starch
  • Spray the bottle with water
  • Sponge or toothbrush
  • Paper towel
  • Vacuum
  • Bucket of water

First of all, if you have a fresh stain, absorb as much milk as possible with a paper towel. Next, wet your sponge and scrub the area with it. The alternative is to spray the area with water and scrub it with a toothbrush.

Repeat the process several times.

Then sprinkle the area with enough cornstarch to cover the area completely. If you own a high rug, use your hand to let cornstarch get into the lower parts of the rug.

Let the cornstarch sit on the stain for half an hour. Vacuum corn starch with the right vacuum cleaner for high-pile rugs and you’re done.

Watch this video to know more:

Watch video: Cleaning milk stains from carpets – different methods

Use a steam cleaner to clean milk stains

Steam cleaners for carpets are a great way to remove stains and disinfect the carpet. Therefore, if you have a steam cleaner, you can use it for your milk stains. However, for best results, I recommend that you treat the stains before using a steam cleaner.

You can apply any method I have described above on the stain and steam clean the entire rug.

I recommend steam cleaning the rug, especially if there was milk on the rug for at least a day. It can be enough for bacteria to develop and you can kill them with a steam cleaner that works at least 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Things you need:

  • Steam cleaner
  • Water
  • Cleaning solution

After treating the stains, vacuum the rug thoroughly. Use distilled water to fill the tank for your steam cleaners and follow the manufacturer’s advice. If your steam cleaner has a detergent tank, use the right detergent. If not, you can mix a few drops with water.

Run the steam cleaner across the carpet in straight lines and try to cover every inch of the carpet. You can start from the corner and work your way around. Don’t worry if you overlap, it’s still better than skipping parts over the rug.

Finally, leave the rug for four to 12 hours to dry completely. If your steam cleaner leaves a lot of water, you can use a wet and dry vacuum for the carpet to collect excess water.

Steam cleaning of the milk stains also helps with the smell.

Watch this video to know more:

Watch video: How to remove the carpet stain with a steam cleaner

How to remove milk odor from carpet?

You may have cleaned the milk, but what about the smell?

Here are several ways to eliminate the smell of things you have in your home. You can use deodorizing rugs, but I recommend first removing the odors and then deodorizing your rug.

Baking soda

Baking soda absorbs odors and is the easiest method. Just sprinkle baking soda on the spot where the stain was, leave it overnight, and vacuum the next day.


Vinegar is an excellent way to remove odors from various surfaces. At first, the treated area smells like vinegar, but it disappears quickly. Mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the affected area. That is all.

Woman Cleaning Carpet Room
Vinegar works well with both long piles and short pile rugs

Enzyme-based cleaner

If you have enzyme cleanser, it may work for the lighter stains. Find the one that is not too hard on the surface and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

Grounded coffee

Ground coffee is surprisingly effective against odor. You can sprinkle the surface with ground coffee and leave it overnight. Tomorrow, all you have to do is vacuum the surface. However, make sure that the surface is not wet, as the coffee may stain the carpet in contact with water.

Sneaker crystals

Finally, you can use sneaker crystals to remove odors. Crystals are designed to absorb odors and absorb sour milk odors.

Watch this video to know more:

Watch video: How to remove milk odor and stains from a rug

Treat the milk stains and maintain your blankets

Spills of milk, coffee and other liquids can happen every day. If you have children, you know how quickly it can get messy. However, most stains are easy to clean and do not last long if treated quickly.

The same goes for milk stains. There are several things you can use to clean the stains. But it is the cleaning technique that matters.

Avoid harsh chemicals as they can damage carpet cleaners, try more homemade stains instead!

Do you have your tricks for cleaning milk?

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