Eggs somehow seem to make their way onto your carpet in various ways from curious kids to accidental spilling.. Egg stains can be a challenge, since they are protein stains, which harden quickly.
The secret is to clean them up immediately, but you may not always notice them soon enough. However, it is still possible to clean the stains fresh or dried from the carpet by following these steps.
Prepare to Remove Dried Egg Stain
To remove the egg, you need:
- white paper towels
- white sponge or cloths
- spoon, spatula, or butter knife
- mixing container or bowl
- spray bottle
- dish soap
- 3% hydrogen peroxide (optional)
- table salt or kosher salt
Read the label on your carpet to find out proper cleaning methods. Scrape dried egg particles with a spoon or butter knife, then vacuum. Treat the stain by blotting it with cool water from the outside in using a paper towel or sponge. Avoid using water that is too hot, since it could heat the egg, pushing it deeper into fibers.
Apply Ammonia or Dish Soap to Dried Egg
Test cleaning solutions on a hidden area. Wear plastic gloves and raise a window if you use ammonia.
Mix two cups of warm water and a teaspoon of mild dish soap in warm water in a bowl. Moisten a sponge or cloth in the mixture, wring extra liquid, blot the stain until it disappears. Dampen a paper towel or cloth in warm water, blot to rinse the cleaner residue, then let it dry. . Repeat until the stain has been removed, changing sponges or cloths as needed. Alternately, try one-fourth cup white vinegar mixed with a cup of warm water.
If the dish soap or vinegar didn't remove the stain, mix two tablespoons of ammonia with two to four cups of warm water in a large spray bottle. Mist the carpet, and blot and rinse as normal.
Clean Freshly Spilled Raw Egg
Sprinkle enough salt over the area to cover the spill, so the egg can cling to it. Let the salt stand on the spot fifteen minutes.
If you prefer, a piece of bread works the same way. Use a spoon or spatula to scoop the egg onto a newspaper. After you remove the egg, disinfect the area, and let it dry.
Apply Hydrogen Peroxide
If no other method seems to remove the stain on light carpets, dampen the fibers with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let the hydrogen peroxide stand for one hour, and blot. It isn't necessary to rinse the peroxide, since the light converts it back to water. Lay towels and heavy object over the spot to help it dry.
For more information, contact companies like Conscientious Carpet Care.