We’ve written often about wine stains and how to remove them on your clothing, rugs and furniture.  But, did you know soda is a common stain we see on clothing and area rugs?  Soda stains are dark, sticky and come in all colors.  Even the clear sodas if left untreated will oxidize and cause long term damage, not to mention they have the same sweet scent that will attract bugs.

Your first plan of attack is to act quickly.

  1. Blot, don’t rub, as much of the spilled drink as possible using a clean, white cloth or paper towel.
  2. Rinse in cold water then mix up a gentle soapy solution using cold water and a mild detergent like Woolite.  Gently blot the soapy water onto the area using a clean, white cloth.  Be sure not to scrub or rub too firmly.
  3. Rinse the area thoroughly with plain water and blot dry with a clean, dry, white towel.
  4. Another option is to use a store-bought spray cleaner.  Use caution if choosing an oxygenating spotting product.  They are made from diluted hydrogen peroxide so if the area isn’t rinsed thoroughly, the product will continue working and eventually pull the color from your item.

In most cases if you spot treat the stains quickly, you can do this at home but we recommend a professional for deep or set-in stains.  Our expert stain removal specialists can remove soda stains from your clothing and your area rugs!

– S.O.