Removing food coloring stains from carpet certainly requires patience. However, it is not an impossible task and choosing to invest time in eliminating the marks will cost less then replacing your carpet. By using a couple cleaning methods and solutions, you can clear your carpet of its irritating, colorful marks and relax a little more knowing they are gone.
Quickly Taking Action
As with most stains, the longer you wait to treat food coloring, the longer it has to set and become more difficult to remove from the carpet. The sooner you begin the stain removal process on your stains, the more success you will have in eliminating them.
Applying Some Pressure
If the food coloring stain is still wet, use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot up any remaining moisture. Do not rub the stain. Rubbing the stain will cause the food coloring dye to penetrate the carpet's fibers even deeper, making its complete removal less likely. (See reference 1) If the stain is already dry, cover it with a damp cloth and blot it by adding pressure with the palm of your hand. Rinse the cloth in cold water and replace it with a new one as needed.
Enlisting Household Cleaners
If the stain still remains after blotting it with a damp cloth repeatedly, use a cleaning solution. Mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of water. (See reference 2) Insure the space you are using the ammonia in is well ventilated to avoid breathing in fumes. Wet a clean cloth with the cleaning solution and blot the stain until it has disappeared.
Wrapping It Up
Remove the cleaning solution by rinsing the area with a clean cloth and cold water. Blot the area dry with a cloth or paper towel. Allow the area to air dry completely before resuming regular traffic over it.