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Milk Stain Removal

COIT’s Guide to Removing Milk Stains

“Milk – it does a body good.”

“Got milk?”

No matter which slogan you use or remember to describe milk, it’s no secret that milk is a staple in diets around the world. And to the delight of kids around the world, chocolate milk is also a delicious treat that does in fact offer some nutritional value. Who knew?

According to the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, as noted in Men’s Health Magazine, chocolate milk is “just as good or better than Gatorade for replacing glucose in fatigued muscles.” Knowing that should make your next glass of chocolate milk a guilt-free one!

With milk being a large part of many people’s diet, from newborn babies to people of all ages, you may encounter milk stains on your carpet every so often. And your next thought may be about the best ways to approach milk stain removal at home.

With Coit’s guide to removing milk stains, you’ll get handy tips that work at home – including tips about chocolate milk stain removal as well.

Ingredients in Milk

When you encounter milk stains, you may be wondering what’s actually in this liquid that we’re often forced to clean off our carpets. Well we have the answer for you:

Milk contains:

• Colloids
• Molecular and ionic solutions
• Emulsions
• Water
• Fat
• Lactose
• Proteins
• Minerals
• Water

Water is actually the most present ingredient in milk. During the milk processing phase, water is often removed to lower its overall moisture content.

Types of Milk

So where does milk come from? In 2011, it was estimated by the Food and Agriculture Association of the UN that cows produce 85% of all milk worldwide. Other animals do produce milk, including:

• Sheep
• Camels
• Goats
• Buffalo
• Horses
• Reindeer

Depending on where the milk comes from, the levels can be different based on the animal, its age, breed, health status and which stage of lactation it’s going through.

Milk Stain Removal Tips

Now that you’ve learned a bit about milk, what it’s made of and where it can come from, let’s jump into milk stain removal.

As with most other types of stains you may encounter on your carpet, the faster you act, the better. When you do go about removing the stain, it’s best to blot instead of vigorously rubbing the stain. Finally, keep in mind that cold water is a great way to fight milk stains. Applying cool water often stops the milk stain from setting in permanently.

Chocolate Milk Stain Removal

Within milk, you’ll find strong bonding proteins. Within chocolate milk, you’ll find the core ingredients of chocolate, sugar and milk. If you encounter a chocolate milk stain, try not to let it dry, as this makes it that much more difficult to remove. You’ll actually want to use the same process to remove chocolate milk as you use with regular milk – just remember to act quickly to avoid a sticky mess.

For more details about do-it-yourself milk stain removal, check out COIT’s step-by-step instructions for removing milk and chocolate milk from carpet.