Soda Spilled on Carpet


The average American drinks 44 gallons of soda a year. One or two soda spills are probably inevitable. Learn tips on how to remove soda stains from carpet:

Soda is one of the most popular beverages in America. Soda is a sweet treat. It can be a very refreshing drink on a hot Tampa day at the beach or at home.

We love soda. Kids love soda too.  But the more soda kids drink the more chances for spills in your home.

If you drink a lot of soda in your home you will want to know how to remove soda stains from carpet.

Quick question before we get to our tips on how to remove soda stains. What do you call a soft drink? Do you call it soda? Pop? Or Coke?

Friendships have ended over this question. OK. That might not be true. Bt there is an entire website devoted to this debate. It’s a big deal.

Here is the breakdown for Florida from Pop vs. Soda:

  • Soda: 48%
  • Coke: 32%
  • Other: 16%
  • Pop: 4%

Pop is not popular in Florida. Soda reigns supreme. It’s not even close. Other is interesting. Carbonated sugar water?

Coke is confusing. Pepsi is called Coke? Is a Root Beer a Coke? We’ll just stick with soda.

In case you are interested. Here is a map from that breaks down Pop vs. Soda on a national level:

How to Remove Soda Stains?

Now to the topic at hand. You have a soda spill on your carpet. What do you do?

You came to the right place. Our guide to remove soda stains is exactly what you need.

Step 1:

First find a white cloth or roll of plain paper towels. Don’t use colorful cloths or printed-paper towels if possible. There is a chance the colors and dyes could bleed into the carpet.

Blot the soda stain with the cloth. Don’t scrub the stain. You could wear out the carpet or push the stain deeper into the carpet fibers.

Blot from the outside in. Continue until you have soaked up most of the liquid.

Step 2:

Create a cleaning solution that contains about 32 oz. of water and a ¼ tsp. of dishwashing liquid or a light detergent that doesn’t include bleach.

Test the solution on an inconspicuous portion of your carpet. Perhaps under a piece of furniture or in a corner? If the solution doesn’t stain or lighten the carpet then proceed.

Gently blot the solution to remove soda stains. Don’t press too firm or scrub hard.

Let the detergent sit for around 15 minutes in order to give the solution time to break down the stain.

Step 3:

Find another dry white cloth or paper towel. Blot the soda stain and the detergent solution. This will soak up both the stain and some of the detergent.

Step 4:

Create a mixture of water and white vinegar. This solution will be used to remove the rest of the detergent from the carpet.

Detergent is a soap. You never want to leave soap behind in carpet. If soap or detergent is left behind it can create a dirt-attracting residue. That residue will cause brown soiling to appear on your carpet.

Blot the white vinegar solution onto the area. Be gentle.

You can place the cloth with white vinegar on top of the stain and then place a heavy object on top of the cloth. This process will help absorb the remaining detergent.

Let the cloth sit on the stain for another 15 minutes.

Step 5:

Get another cloth damp and blot the area to remove the vinegar. You don’t need the cloth to be too wet.

Blot for a few seconds and then find a dry cloth and dry the area. If you follow these steps to remove soda stains the stain should be gone.

Champion Chem-Dry is based in Tampa, FL. We offer professional carpet, tile and upholstery cleaning to local residents and businesses.