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Old 06-02-2006, 2:25 PM
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Default Any suggestions for removing Irn Bru stain ....

.......from a cream carpet??

I've tried carpet/upholstery cleaner and that Oxi stuff but no joy as yet!

I think the main problem is that it was knocked over on Sat night but not noticed until Sun morning so it had time to soak in and then dry out!

I've heard that brake fluid should help but am a bit reluctant to try it in case the carpet ends up bright orange AND smelly!

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Old 06-02-2006, 2:37 PM
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House insurance and a new one! Sorry cant help otherwise, use of brake fluid does sound a bit scary. Just a thought... I was once told with any stain just soak with water and dab with dry towel or the like continually as long as the orange colour from the irn bru is lifting. I have tried this on immediate spills and although can be very time consuming and lots of dry towels needed can be quite effective. I'm not so sure about it working on a dried in stain though.
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.......from a cream carpet??

I've tried carpet/upholstery cleaner and that Oxi stuff but no joy as yet!
Hiya

If you look in the Cleaning section of the MEGA Index sticky at the top of the Old Style forum you'll find a number of threads listed under "carpets"...

..several of those threads might help you since they cover limeade, cranberry juice, tea...
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Lovely - thanks very much
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Im not quite sure what irn bru is, but you can remove dried in fruit juices, and cola drink stains with a glycerine solution (half glycerine, half water) leave for an hour, then rinse. If there is still a stain, rub with a laundry pre wash stick, and shampoo. Any remaining stain, you can try a little methylated spirit. HTH
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irn bru eeek . I was once told by a friend who worked for an insurance company that it was the hardest thing to get out. Let us know if you manage it.
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I knew someone once who worked in the Barr's factory and they had "special" irn-bru remover. Might be worthwhile maybe giving them a call for suggestions.
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Default Getting Iron Bru out of living room carpet

Hi folks

Any thoughts on how to get a huge iron bru stain out of a carpet please? I have had a search but can't find anything on the forums.

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No idea what would work for irn-bru. Friends of ours had some spilled on their carpet and when they told their insurance company, they immediately said it wasn't worth them sending out a cleaning company and they would just replace it!
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A magnet ?


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It was the same with my colleague when their daughter spilt irn bru. They were told by the insurance company that it was the one stain that they could not get out of carpets.
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It was the same with my colleague when their daughter spilt irn bru. They were told by the insurance company that it was the one stain that they could not get out of carpets.
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Hi skintscotslass,

Like the others I don't hold out much hope, but there are some ideas on this thread that may be worth trying:

Any suggestions for removing Irn Bru stain ....

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Thanks folks. I was thinking the worst but hoping for the best. I've always taken the 'don't have it in the house' approach.

I'll give my trusty stardrops a go. The good news for me is that the carpet is not that unlike the colour of irn bru (not my choice!)

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Did it turn a brown colour? I only ask as a friend had a similar mishap with Orangeina and she never could get the stain out. It's a cautionary tale. I guess the only way round it is to have it in those plastic cups with the pop up spout to avoid spills?

No help I know, but we tried every stain remover known to man.
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Why not contact the Irn Bru makers and ask them if they can suggest something?

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Did it turn a brown colour? I only ask as a friend had a similar mishap with Orangeina and she never could get the stain out. It's a cautionary tale. I guess the only way round it is to have it in those plastic cups with the pop up spout to avoid spills?

No help I know, but we tried every stain remover known to man.
That makes sense, I bet they have the same additives/colouring.

I dont touch the stuff. I stupidly allowed DD to have a party. The LR was out of bounds, but a couple of her friends went in and spilled the irn bru and a red/pink bacardi breezer. The pink/red came out but the irn bru hasnt budged a bit. I've never seen a stain like it. Lesson learned

David39 - Barrs claim that a cleaner does shift it, I cant remember what its called, but looking at my internet research, thats not any good either. Thanks for the thought
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Old 17-05-2009, 8:54 PM
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Irn Bru !! Blast from the past !
I didn't think you could still get the stuff !
There used to be a place in Atherton that made it but I think its now a housing estate !
It was the only thing guaranteed to cure a hangover !
I remember something on the news years ago about someone in Scotland trying to sue them because it turned their kid orange !
No chance for your carpet !!!
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Have you tried dry foam carpet shampoo it says on the JML one that it will get cola and red wine stains out - so might work on iron bru and as an added bonus - Wilkinsons are selling it half price which is 2.50 for the applicator and a bottle of dry foam - I bought one today.
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I think you may be stuck with an attractive orange patch... maybe just spill irn bru all over the rest of the carpet to dye it all the same colour as the stain? Lol.

At my secondary school, in the science labs we had specially treated desks, so any acids or alkalis or anything potent could be spilled on them without them having any effect, our biology teacher was delighted with them and would show off with chemicals - until he got a letter one day from the company about 6 months after they were bought, saying don't get Irn Bru on them as it eats away at the bench! It hasn't stopped me drinking the stuff, but I do think twice before subjecting my stomach to it....
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