How to Remove Red Stains out of Carpets in Phoenix Arizona

The most notorious and difficult stains to remove are those spilled on carpets. These stains are often made from food coloring we find in sports drinks, soft drinks, and other beverages. Foods such as candy may also be a culprit. The reason for its infamous reputation is due in part to the Food and Beverage Industry's popular use of food dyes in beverages and food products. Did you know food dyes come in liquids, powders, gels and pastes? Consumers and concerned landlords have called Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners with their inquiries on “how-to-remove-red-stains-out-of-carpets-in-Phoenix-Arizona.”

Stone Care of Arizona, LLC, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners would like to share some information on how to remove red stains out of carpets in Phoenix Arizona. If you are not the do-it-yourself type, you want to hire a reputable company like Stone Care Of Arizona, LLC, Carpet and Upholstery Cleaners to provide the work for you. You do not want to hire a Bait and Switch Company. Click the link for information on: How to Spot a Bait and Switch Carpet Cleaner in Phoenix Arizona  

Before we share the best approach in removing a red stain, we want to give you needed contexture on the food dyes and their relation to carpet construction. The Food and beverage Industry uses various types of food dyes in the manufacturing of foods and beverages:

Here are a common list of the colors

  • FD&C Blue #1
  • FD&C Green #3
  • FD&C Red #32
  • FD&C Red #33
  • FD&C Red #40 
  • FD&C Yellow #5
  • FD&C Yellow No. 6 

These combination of dyes are added to fruit drinks, tea, sodas and many designer sport drinks on the market today. Why is food coloring a preferred choice to provide color beverages? Food coloring is used to give the beverage an eye catching feature and a way to differentiate it in marketing. The problem that emerges from their use is the stains that adhere to the carpet due to spills. These spills are very difficult to remove. Why?

Post, Piece and Beck Dyed Carpets

The reason red stain spills are more difficult to remove is because of the way the carpet is constructed. For example, 5th generation Nylon  that begins as undyed Griege goods are "Water loving" by nature. In the case of Nylon, it has an electrically charged area on the fiber where dye is absorbed. When 5th generation Nylon is Post, Piece and/or Beck dyed, the manufacture will apply an invisible dye after construction to protect it from stains. This makes 5th generation Nylon carpets hydrophobic or "water hating."

Solution dyed Carpets:

Most businesses have solution dyed carpets installed. The most popular is Olefin. Olefin is an oil loving fiber by nature. Food coloring can only adsorb (adhere) onto the carpet. Why? Solution dyed carpets have no Dyesites. Solution dyed carpets are extruded from a Spinnerette with the polymer and dye in a solution state. This gives the carpet fiber great ability to repel stains from beverages. Some solution dyed carpets are installed in homes as well. The bottom-line is that red stains are easier to remove when they are on solution dyed carpets. 

Examples of Red Staining on Carpet:


Before continuing, we strongly believe that you hire an expert to do advanced spotting on your carpets. We cannot be held responsible for the results you may receive should you choose to do it yourself rather than hire a professional. If you would like to proceed, please know that you do so at your own risk. The following steps work best on a stain that has not be tampered with. If you have used a carpet spotter, it will need to be cleaned to remove the residue before continuing.

How to Remove a Red Stain:

You will need the following items:

  • Clean White Terry Cloth Towel
  • Rubber Gloves to Protect Your Hands
  • Non Sudsy Ammonia (Reducing Agent)
  • 2 Trigger Spray bottles
  • Purchase a throw-Away iron from Goodwill. Do not use your personal iron.
  • Clear vinegar (Not apple vinegar) to help naturalize after removing stain.
  • Floor fan to help dry the area

Here is The Direction:

1.    Put on rubber gloves

2.    Mix equal parts of ¼ of water and ¼ non-sudsy ammonia in the spray bottle.

3.    Mix on tablespoon of clear vinegar into the other trigger spray with water.

4.    Fill up iron ¾ way with water and plug iron into socket next to stain.  

5.    Apply trigger spray solution with Ammonia on the red stain. Apply generously without over wetting

6.    Wet and wring out the damp terry cloth towel and lay onto of the red stain

7.    Place the steam iron on the top of damp towel for 20 to 30 seconds. Check to see if there is a dye transfer onto the towel. Do this a couple of times. 

8.     Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you get desired result.

9.     After the red stain is remove apply vinegar directly and blot.

10.   Use a fan to accelerate the drying.

11.   If this doesn’t work give us a call at 480-625-0557 to take care of this for you

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