I'm beginning to think baking soda is the answer to any problem!
I mean, have you ever looked at the box? It's an antacid! It freshens your refrigerator! It scrubs away stains and grease on pots and pans, sinks, counters, etc.
It cleans coffee stains on carpets.
It's Day Two of the Coffee Stain Saga, and I admit this is taking much more elbow grease and time (not to mention blog time) than one would care to admit.
Let me explain. After attempting to clean the coffee-stained carpet with carpet cleaner two (or maybe three, I forget) times yesterday, I decided to slather it with dish detergent and let 'er sit overnight.
I turned on the light this morning to find that it didn't do the job and much more work was in order.
A friend told me about how baking soda might do the trick. So I pulled out the baking soda, mixed it with water to make a paste and worked it into the stains with my fingers. Then, I let it dry for a couple of hours.
I'm here to tell you that baking soda and water is BY FAR a better carpet cleaner than carpet cleaner. It was amazing to see how the baking soda was pulling the coffee from the carpet fibers, just like a wick or something. And I didn't have to scrub and scrub.
I just rubbed the dried paste with my fingers to loosen it a little and vacuumed. I was amazed at how much better the carpet looked. The stain was about 79% gone. Not being satisfied with 79%, however, I repeated the aftorementioned procedure.
So even though yesterday's post was a cautionary one about how not to be like me and do too many things at once, today's post is really about the wonders of baking soda. Good old sodium barcarbonate.
I'm going to keep it handy in my home and at work, from now on. Because, even though I will TRY not to do several things at once, I'm also a certifiable klutz. You never know when I will leave another coffee trail on a carpet.
Coffee trail on a carpet. Sounds like a good name for a rock band!