Last Updated on 3 months by Susan Mayrich
Quick action is essential whenever you spill a liquid on your carpet. The faster you clean the spill, the better the chance that you will be able to prevent the stain from setting in. This is true whether you spill plain water on your carpet or some other liquid, such as Iodine.
Carpet stains are a part of life and can be difficult to remove. Because iodine is a type of stain that is not water-soluble, it can be particularly difficult to remove from the carpet. Most iodine stains are caused by iodine-based antiseptics or tinctures of iodine. Although the stain is persistent and tough, you can still remove it from your carpet if you follow these steps.
Fortunately, with the right techniques and supplies, you can remove Iodine stains from your carpet.
How to Get Iodine Out of Carpet
Getting Iodine out of carpet isnâ€™t as hard as you might think. In fact, it can be removed pretty easily if you use the methods we will outline below.
Using Distilled White Vinegar
- Blot the stain with a dry cloth or paper towel to remove as much excess Iodine as possible. Be careful not to rub the stain, as this will work it deeper into the carpet fibers.Â
- Make sure to start at the outside edge of the stain and move toward its center to avoid spreading it.
- Combine one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water in a mixing bowl.Â
- Dip a clean cloth into the solution and wring out any excess moisture.Â
- Apply the cloth to the stain and gently blot until it begins to lift away from your carpet fibers. Once you’ve saturated the area, use a dry cloth to blot out any remaining moisture.Â
- Repeat this process on any other affected areas of your carpet until you can no longer see the stain.
- If you are still unable to remove all traces of Iodine from your carpet, dip a sponge in a mixture of equal parts dishwashing liquid and warm water, then gently scrub it against the stain until it is completely gone.Â
Detergent to Remove Iodine from the Carpet
- The first thing you need to do when getting Iodine out of the carpet is to blot the stain with paper towels or a clean cloth. Do so until there is no more liquid left on the surface of the carpet.
- Next, mix together one tablespoon of dishwashing soap and one tablespoon of alkaline detergent with a cup of warm water in a bowl.Â
- Stir these ingredients together until they are completely dissolved and then soak a white cloth in the solution.Â
- Soak a white cloth in the solution and blot the stain repeatedly until it disappears.Â
- Once you’re done removing the stain, apply a bit of water to the area and blot with a dry cloth to rinse away any soapy residue.
Liquid Dishwashing Detergent and White Vinegar
- Iodine stains are tough to remove from the carpet, but with a little vinegar and dishwashing detergent, you can have that stain gone in no time.
- If the stain is fresh, you need to remove any excess iodine. Gently blot up as much of it as possible with a clean paper towel or rag. Make sure not to rub the spot too hard, or you could spread the stain to other areas of your carpet.
- Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with a tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and two cups of warm water.
- Dip a clean cloth into the solution, then test it on the carpet in an inconspicuous spot.
- Apply the mixture to the stain. Then gently dab at the stain until it begins to fade away.
- Allow it to sit for five minutes before removing any excess moisture with another clean cloth and cold water.
Using hydrogen peroxide is a safe and effective way to remove iodine stains from the carpet. This household staple can be found in most homes, so itâ€™s likely that you already have some on hand.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of warm water.Â
- Add a drop of dish soap and mix well.
- Dampen a clean cloth with the solution.Â
- Blot (do not rub) the stain with the dampened cloth, starting at the outside edge of the stain and working your way toward the center.Â
- Use a clean portion of the cloth as needed.
- Repeat until the entire stain has been treated. Allow the area to dry completely. If traces of the stain remain, repeat as necessary.
How to Get Iodine Out of Upholstery
Upholstery can be a big investment, and you want to make sure that it stays clean. Iodine is one of the most common stains you can find on upholstery, but getting rid of it can be challenging. Thankfully, there are some methods you can use to get rid of the stain without damaging your furniture.
You can get iodine out of your upholstery by following these steps:
- Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water (do not use hot water because this will set the stain).
- Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
- Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
- Rinse well and blot dry.