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Is there a way to get caugh syrup stain out of carpet?

Cough syrup can be tough to remove and the older the spot the harder it is. It looks from your photo that someone already tried to clean it? Past cleaning attempts with wrong products can sometimes actually set stains.
Here are the usual steps to remove cough syrup:
1. If the spot is fresh,remove as much of the stain as possible by blotting with a white towel or scraping with a dull knife.
2. Then, old or new spot, neutralize with an ammonia solution (1 tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water.). Mist the  spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle. Do not overwet i.e., let backing get wet. Blot with a white towel to remove any excess moisture.
3. Apply a small quantity of detergent solution or alkaline based carpet cleaning solution (recommended) to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water). You can purchase carpet cleaning solution at any store that rents carpet cleaning machines. Use about 4 oz of concentrate to 1/2 gal water.  Apply either using a spray bottle. A soft bristle brush can be used to work the solution into the affected area. Use clean white towels to gently rub the stain, transferring the stain to the towel. If spot is being removed continue applying, brushing and toweling until spot is removed. Do not overwet. Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture. Again do not overwet,apply pad of paper or regular towels and brick or book and allow to dry.
4. If there is still some stain on the carpet and toweling is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. (Be sure to test carpet on scrap or inconspicuous space first). Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Mist with plain water and blot dry. Apply pad of paper or regular towels and weight down with brick to absorb excess moisture over night.
Again be sure to test any steps on a scrap piece. Overcleaning, such as excess toweling or brushing can cause pile distortion.
Good Luck.

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Certified Installer 1966-1976, Certified Carpet Cleaning Instructor 1976-1985, Certified Commercial and Residential Floor Inspector since 1985 is available to answer questions on problems with carpet or other flooring, and carpet cleaning. I can guide you as to whether you may have a valid claim against a manufacturer/installer/dealer/cleaning company.


Floor covering Installer 1966-1976 Carpet Cleaning Instructor 1976-1985 Floor Covering Inspector 1985- present

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B.S. Chemistry 1971 A.S. Physical Science 1969 Armstrong Certified Installer 1972 3M Certified Carpet Cleaning Specialist 1976 FCITS Certified in Carpet and Hard Surface, Commercial and Residential

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