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How to Remove Cough Syrup from Carpet


How to Remove Cough Syrup from Carpet

Cough syrup contains dyes and sugars and generally responds well to standard hot water extraction. However, for stubborn spots, follow either of the treatment options listed below. Option 2 should be used when the dyes from the cough syrup have started to set in the carpet and should only be performed AFTER performing Option 1.


Basic Methods:

Option 1

  1. Apply Matrix® Spot Out undiluted. Tamp and blot area with a spotting towel and spotting brush.
  2. Apply Matrix® Release undiluted. Tamp and blot area with a spotting towel and spotting brush.
  3. Rinse area with water.
  4. Apply Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover undiluted. Tamp and blot with a spotting towel and spotting brush.
  5. Rinse area with water.


Option 2

  1. Mix equal parts A and B of Matrix® Red Be Gone. Apply to spot.
  2. Press a damp white spotting towel to the spot.
  3. Place a steam iron at the lowest steam setting on top of the towel. Check the towel every 10–15 seconds for color transfer. Be careful not to transfer carpet color.
  4. Once all cough syrup dye is gone, rinse the area thoroughly with water. 


Warning and Cautions: Always test material for colorfastness, follow label directions and never mix product unless specified in the label directions. 

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  1. Nylon Spotting Brush
    Nylon Spotting Brush

    This 10-inch-long spotting brush features short, stiff white nylon bristles that stand up well against daily tamping and brushing activities. Use this brush for agitating spotting solutions for thorough cleaning performance.

    • Ideal for use on tough spots
    • Stiff nylon bristles maximize your results
    • 10 inches long
  2. Matrix® Red Be Gone
    Matrix® Red Be Gone

    Red Be Gone has a unique chemistry that removes food dye stains by chemically altering their color to make them invisible.

    • Removes red food dye stains
    • Chemically alters color making spot invisible
    • pH: 7.0 (when mixed)
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Mix equal parts A and B solutions

    Starting at $22.56

  3. Matrix® Release
    Matrix® Release

    A highly effective pre-spray for heavily soiled, greasy traffic lanes, Release also makes an excellent general-purpose spotter that may be mixed with solvents or water.

    • Great pre-spray and spotter
    • Removes oil and water combination stains
    • pH: 9.5–10.5
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Variable dilutions

    Starting at $10.95

  4. Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover
    Matrix® Target Tannin Stain Remover

    Target is ideal for removing alkalines and tannin stains, such as coffee, tea, urine, perfume, and others. This acid-side spotter can also be used for correcting browning, dye reversal, and setting fugitive dyes. It is also excellent for removing ice melt residue.

    • Acid spotter ideal for correcting browning
    • Removes alkalines, coffee, tea, urine, and perfumes
    • pH: 0.05–1.0
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Dilute 2–6 ounces per gallon of water

    Starting at $12.81

  5. Matrix® Spot Out Spotter
    Matrix® Spot Out Spotter

    Spot Out is a water-based spotter that removes even the most stubborn oil- and water-based stains fast so you can get on with your cleaning. It's our most popular all-purpose carpet spotter because it works—FAST!

    • All-purpose spotter
    • Removes oil- and water-based spots
    • pH: 8.8
    • Safe for stain-resistant carpet
    • Ready to use

    Starting at $9.07

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