Don’t delay, waiting may cause the cranberry juice to become a permanent stain. Blot juce with a dry, white absorbent cloth or white paper towels. Gently scrape up semi-solids with a rounded spoon. Break up solids and vacuum.
Pretest any spot removal cleaner (for color transfer to the cloth or damage to the carpet) in an out of the way area
Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a clear liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues.
Apply a small amount of the spot cleaner to a white cloth, and work in gently – do not rub — working from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent spreading. Allow to remain on the spill a few minutes. Be patient. Blot.
Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.
When the spill is completely removed, rinse the area with warm water; blot with a dry cloth until all moisture is removed.
Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners that dye the carpet. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy carpet fibers.
If Cranberry Juice Remains
Vinegar Solution – Mix one (1) cup of white vinegar per two (2) cups of water. White vinegar is a 5% acetic acid solution. It is used most often to lower the alkalinity caused by detergent solutions or alkaline spills. Apply solution , rinse with water and dry as outlined above.
Many retail spot removal detergents leave residues in the carpet that may attract soil. Thoroughly rinse the area several times with lukewarm tap water. A mist type sprayer is recommended to prevent over wetting. Blot with paper towels and pat dry after each rinse. Several rinses are often necessary to thoroughly remove residues. Never use any of the solutions in concentrations stronger than those recommended.