Milk is one of the worst things you can spill on your home's wall-to-wall carpet. It is hard to remove and if you don't get it all out, then it will sour and smell up the entire room. If you don't have a home carpet cleaning machine, you can easily remove a milk spill by carefully following each of these steps:
Step 1: Soak Up as Much Milk as Possible with Paper Towels
If you are present when the milk is initially spilled, then quickly soak up as much of it as possible. Rather than reaching for a cotton dish towel, use paper towels instead. Paper towels are made of wood fibers that are much more absorbent than the cotton fibers used to make towels. So, they will do a better job of removing the milk.
If you were not present and the milk has already dried, then scrape the area with a butter knife and vacuum up any solids.
Step 2: Daub the Remaining Milk With a Cleaning Solution
Once you have removed the majority of the milk from your carpet, then it is time to wash the carpet fibers to ensure there won't be any visible signs or lingering odors once the stain dries.
You can clean the carpet fibers with a solution made of warm water and a few drops of liquid dish soap. Using a sponge dipped into the cleaning solution, daub the milk stain by pressing the damp sponge into it and then soaking up the water using the sponge followed by clean paper towels. Make sure to daub the area repeatedly instead of scrubbing it. Scrubbing will damage the carpet fibers and leave behind an unsightly stain.
Once you have removed all the milk from the carpet, then dry the area well by blotting it with paper towels until they are no longer picking up water.
Step 3: Sprinkle Baking Soda on the Cleaned Carpet
Since any milk left behind will sour and give off a nasty smell, you can prevent this from happening by deodorizing the stained area with baking soda. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda onto the stained area and let it dry in place overnight.
Step 4: Vacuum the Baking Soda and Inspect the Stain
Finally, once the baking soda is dry, vacuum it up. At this point, you should not be able to tell where the milk was on the carpet. If you can still see it, then repeat this carpet cleaning process by starting over at Step 2.
Contact a local carpet cleaning service to learn more.