Milk on My Chair! Help!

Updated on April 19, 2008
S.J. asks from Dublin, OH
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I need suggestions as to how to clean my overstuffed chair that I discovered had about a cup full of old milk spilled on it. It's been several hours since it must have happened because I can't blot much of it up with a paper towel. I know that I need to get as much of the milk out of the cushion as possible or it will develop a sour smell. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!

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answers from Indianapolis on

Depending on the color of the chair.....peroxide takes out the stands and whitens and disinfects. Baking soda will take out the odors.



answers from Columbus on


You need to use one of the products that "eat" organic stuff. Pet stain cleaners are good. The products have something that actually breaks down the organic matter. You have to soak the area and let it dry thoroughly. If you only spray the surface, it won't work as well. You can either get it at the pet store or use the carpet cleaner brands pet stain remover at the grocery store, Target, Walmart, etc. Just make sure it says that it removes organic stains and doesn't just cover them up. (Febreeze does not work) Good luck!



answers from Lima on

Unfortunately there isn't much other than trying the things used to get out cat urine smell.
If this is an option for you, contact a carpet cleaning service and some of those do chairs/furniture, etc...
Here's some hindsight. We even had leather/vinyl furniture and I soon decided NO more drinks other than water, anywhere but AT the table. It was hard enough to clean milk out of leather/vinyl furniture when it went down inside the lining etc... Even with spill proof sippies, anything but water stays at the table ONLY.
We were also foster parents and they strongly suggest for several reasons that you don't let kids run around with drinks other than water.
It saves on cleaning efforts and headaches!!!!!
Milk on furniture or in carpets stink!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



answers from Columbus on

My husband and I have a carpet and upholstery cleaning business. He has all the cleaning knowledge so I asked him. Of course his first response is to get it professionally cleaned. I know that you asked because you didn't want to have to do that! First, there are a lot of questions about upholstery... primarily of what type of material it is made. Second, as someone said, milk is a protein so you need to use an enzyme. As mentioned, you can get a pet enzyme at Wal-Mart, etc. The other option he said would be to really wet it again like when it first was spilled. Use a wet/dry vac to really suck out the moisture. He also said that milk is only sour when wet, not dry.

If it seems that doesn't work or you have further questions/information on materials, etc, feel free to email me. I will have him respond on how to clean it further.

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