Removing Mayonnaise Stains
By Steve Gillman
You won't have to worry abut removing mayonnaise stains if
you catch them while they are still just spills. Be careful picking
up globs of mayonnaise though, so you don't rub it into more
carpet fibers. Scoop from two sides at once using spoons or pieces
of cardboard. Then follow the instructions below.
If the spill is discovered later when dried, you still can
remove mayonnaise stains. Scrap out any chunks with the edge
of a metal spoon, and vacuum the spot. Then take following steps
for dried stains or fresh spills.
Using isopropyl rubbing alcohol on a clean white cotton cloth,
dab the spot without rubbing too hard. Rub gently in one direction,
and be sure not to allow the alcohol to soak in so heavily that
it reaches the carpet backing (it can liquefy the glue, causing
delamination). Follow this with a clean dry cloth to soak up
excess, and repeat the process.
Do this until you no longer see transfer of the stain to the
cloth or paper towels you are using to blot up the excess, or
until you no longer smell the mayonnaise when you put your nose
close to the spot. Mayonnaise stains can be difficult to see,
so the nose test is best.
Just to be sure you have it all, and to get the rest of the
alcohol out, apply a mix of water and dish detergent (Dawn or
Joy - few drops to a cup of warm water). Blot this up and reapply
several times. Afterward, apply plain water several times and
extract with a clean cloth or wet/dry vacuum cleaner each time.
Dry the carpet quickly by blotting up excess moisture and
then allowing a fan to blow over the spot for a couple hours.
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