How to Get Ramen Out of Carpet

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Vacuum

  • Comb

  • Salt

  • Vinegar

  • Borax

  • Cornstarch

  • Iron

Tip

Prevent ramen spills by carrying your bowl on a plate.

Warning

If your carpet has natural dyes, test a small area first. Vinegar may bleach out some of the color. If you don't think vinegar is safe, sponge the stain with a solution of 1/2 cup ammonia in 2 quarts of warm water.

Freshly made ramen is hot, and it's easy to spill some when transporting a bowl from the kitchen to your favorite lounge chair. The noodles are wheat, and you can usually vacuum those up without much trouble -- especially if you let them dry first. The soup stock is a different matter; it leaves an unsightly yellow stain that broadcasts your fondness for the budget meal. You don't have to let a simple spill divulge your culinary preferences, though. Remove the stains with other seasonings from your dinner table and some cleaning tools.

Step 1

Pick up all the noodles with a paper towel; then use another towel to dab as much liquid from the spill as possible. If the stain has already dried, vacuum the dried noodles, using a comb to loosen any noodles that have stuck to the fabric.

Step 2

Mix 1 or 2 tablespoons of salt into a half cup of white vinegar. Rub the solution into the stain with a rag and let it dry. Vacuum the residue. If the stain is still present, make an identical solution, but add 2 tablespoons of borax, and repeat the procedure.

Step 3

Treat problem stains by making a paste consisting of 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Rub it into the stain and let it sit for two days before vacuuming it up.

Step 4

Use a paper towel and clothes iron to take up any fat stains left over after the vinegar treatment. Fold the towel in half; lay it on the stain and heat it with the iron. The fats should transfer from the carpet to the paper towel.

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Chris Deziel is a contractor, builder and general fix-it pro who has been active in the construction trades for 40 years. He has degrees in science and humanities and years of teaching experience. An avid craftsman and musician, Deziel began writing on home improvement topics in 2010. He worked as an expert consultant with eHow Now and Pro Referral -- a Home Depot site. A DIYer by nature, Deziel regularly shares tips and tricks for a better home and garden at Hunker.com.

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