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Fun Facts About Watermelon

Delcious, healthy watermelon...good for you, but not you carpet

The delicious, refreshing summertime fruit is actually a gourd that produces a fleshy fruit inside and has a thick outer rind. It is believed that watermelons first originated several thousand years ago in Africa in the Kalahari Desert, and over time made its way all over the world from Africa to places like Europe, Asia, and North America to be cultivated. However, it was not until the Europeans began to colonize North America that the watermelon was introduced to the United States.

A single watermelon is made up of 92% water and the rest of the fruit is packed with healthful nutrients – vitamins and minerals. They are a good source of antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber. For a healthy immune system nutrition experts recommend including deep red or bright pink color fruits and vegetables in your meals and snacks every day. The red color in plant foods indicate that they contain disease fighting and health promoting substances called phytochemicals, such as anthocyanins and lycopene. The red pigment is an important antioxidant that has been discovered to be helpful in reducing the risk of cancers such as prostate, breast, colon, and lung alon gwith a host of other health benefits.

What to Do About Red Watermelon Stains on Carpet or Rugs

Don't panic. Begin by picking up any solid pieces, then use a white cotton cloth or white paper towel to blot up as much of the liquid in the stain as possible. Use a gentle touch and don't rub. Rubbing will only push the stain deeper into the fibers.

The perfect spot cleaner is McCartin’s earth-friendly spot cleaner. If you don’t have any on hand, you can mix a solution of two teaspoons liquid dishwashing detergent in two cups of warm water. Dip a clean white cloth, sponge or soft bristle brush in the solution. Working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to keep it from spreading, work the cleaning solution into the stain. Blot with a dry cloth to absorb the solution. Keep moving to a clean area of the cloth as the stain is transferred.

Finish by dipping a clean cloth in plain water to "rinse" the spot. This is especially important because any soapy residue left in the carpet will actually attract more soil. Allow the stain to air dry away from direct heat. Vacuum to lift the carpet fibers.

If the stain is older or mixed with a darker fruit juice, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach in cool water following package directions. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, work the solution into the carpet. Do not overwet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting away.

Next, dip a clean white cloth in plain water and again blot the area to "rinse". Saturate the area with the plain water and then blot dry with a clean cloth. Allow the carpet to air dry away from direct heat and sunlight. Vacuum to lift any matted fibers.

The recommendations for carpet can also be used to remove watermelon stains from indoor oroutdoor. Take extra care not to overwet the fabric to prevent excessive moisture in the cushions. If the fabric is vintage or silk, consult McCartin’s an upholstery cleaning professional.

Alternative Solution?

Did you know that consuming plain roasted watermelon seeds adds more essential minerals to help maintain a healthy body and prevent disease? Eating watermelon seeds provides you with magnesium for an even greater energy boost, comes packed with iron to promote a healthy immune system, and copper for skin and hair protection...And they don't stain carpet ;)

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