How to Clean Food Coloring Stains

NEW Method!

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Old Method

Our original answer was to see a professional carpet cleaner immediately, but a member, a hairdresser for many years, saw this problem a lot. She said although nothing "always works" especially after it sits for a while, she suggested, dabbing a little h202 (hydrogen peroxide) on a cotton ball and gently rubbing area.

Unfortunately dye holds strongly on most soft surfaces. Check with a professional carpet cleaner or dry cleaner in your area.

Note: Always test an inconspicuous area for colorfastness, etc. before treating the exposed area. Also note that certain stains are permanent.

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This article has been contributed in part by Michigan State University Extension