Dealing With Iodine Stains on Your Carpet

Iodine stains can be one of the toughest stains to remove on the carpet. Iodine is very useful in disinfecting wounds and scrapes but it can be very problematic if it gets spilled on the carpet accidentally. It creates a very ugly stain which instantly ruins your carpet’s look and appearance which is why cleaning it up completely is important.
Iodine stains are very hard to remove but thankfully it is not impossible to accomplish. It may be hard to do but with some tips you may be able to get rid of the stain entirely without that much difficulty. If you have an iodine spill on your carpet which has created a very nasty stain, check out the post below to find out how you can solve this carpet cleaning problem as effectively as possible.
• The first thing that you would need to do with any liquid spill is to try and clear up the area immediately. Get rid of the excess liquid, in this case the iodine, by using a sponge and absorbing the liquid out of the carpet. Be careful not to rub the spill as this will only make it spread further on the carpet.
• Next, get a water-dampened cloth and dab the stain directly. Make sure that you use short and light strokes starting from the center of the stain moving outward. This step will help in removing more of the iodine stain from the carpet.
• For the next step, you will need to use sodium thiosulfate, a powder which you can easily buy in many stores. Get one teaspoon of the sodium thiosulfate and dissolve it in a half-cup of warm water. Stir the solution repeatedly until the former is completely dissolved. One warning though when performing this step is to wear goggles and gloves to protect yourself from being exposed to the sodium thiosulfate which could cause skin and eye irritation.
• Try out the cleaning solution you have just made on an unnoticeable part of the carpet to see if it is safe. If it does not damage your carpet then go ahead and apply it onto the stained portion. Then, get a clean white cloth and blot the iodine stain repeatedly until the stain is entirely gone.
• For the last step, rinse the place where the iodine stain used to be with a cup of water. Then, dry it using a wet/dry vac to finish off the task.

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