You ordered some dinner from KFC, and unsurprisingly, your son dropped a piece of greasy fried chicken on your carpet? Don’t freak out, but act as quickly as possible to reduce the risks of permanent greasy staining on your carpet. Here is how to clean your carpet out of KFC chicken stains:
- Remove any excess gravy or spillage using a spoon or spatula. Do it gently as to not spread the stain or damage the carpet fibres
- Sprinkle baking soda or corn-starch on the stain and let it sit for about 15 minutes and absorb the grease.
- Vacuum the baking soda off.
- Use a clean cloth to apply a dry cleaning stain remover on the carpet. Always test any cleaning solutions you use on a small inconspicuous spot on the carpet before treating the carpet!
- Blot the solution and absorb it with a clean cloth. Don’t rub it!
- If the stain is still visible, apply the dry cleaning solution once again, and repeat the next steps
- Keep doing that until the cloth you are using shows no sign of the grease on it.
- If the stain is stubborn, you should try cleaning it with a mixture of a spoon of liquid dishwashing detergent, a spoon of white vinegar and two cups of lukewarm water.
- Use a cloth to apply the solution on the stain and blot it on until it is absorbed by the carpet
- Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse it off by blotting the spot with a damp cloth
- After you are done, place a pile of paper towels and press them with something heavy, so that the water is absorbed, because too much water can damage both your carpet and the floor beneath it
- If the stain just doesn’t want to go away, it is probably a good idea to use the services of a professional carpet cleaning company, to remove it for you and give you tips for better carpet maintenance
Remember that how you remove stains largely depends on the type of carpet or rug you have. For natural wool, silk or other delicate and expensive carpets you should not use any water or water based solutions. Plus, it is highly recommended that whatever method you use to treat a stain, you try it out first on a small hidden spot on the carpet, to test whether it won’t affect the dyes or fibres of your carpet!