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How do you clean mustard stains on a carpet?

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Mustard stains carpet because it contains turmeric, a natural yellow dye. Working quickly with dry-cleaning solvent, a dull knife, some absorbent pads, a small brush, white vinegar, 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and ammonia can save your carpet from a permanent stain.

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  1. Remove any excess mustard

    Lift out excess mustard using a butter knife or another dull tool. Be careful not to spread the spill deeper into your carpet by working in one direction. Remove as much dried mustard as you can.

  2. Flush the spill with dry cleaning solvent

    Read the label to be sure you can use it on carpet. Ventilate the area. Saturate the stain with the solvent. Tamp the stain gently with a brush. Remove any loosened particles. Absorb the solution with a clean pad. Repeat. Follow up by scrubbing with damp sponge containing a small amount of white vinegar in a circular motion. Rinse with water, blot the moisture.

  3. Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and a drop of ammonia for persistent stains

    Ventilate the area. Apply a small amount of the mixture to the stain. Let it work for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. Blot the excess. Cover with an absorbent pad. Put a weight on the pad. Remove after 20 minutes, and allow the carpet to air dry. Please note that this final step is not suitable for wool or silk.

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