Fall is finally here, and Halloween is quickly approaching. For most of us, this holiday means funny costumes, trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples, and doing “the monster mash”. Unfortunately, for some of us with “little ones”, it also means unsightly candy stains on your carpet. Well, lucky for you, here are some helpful techniques you can use to get rid of the icky mess those lollipops and gumdrops may leave behind.
As soon as you spot a sugary blob attached to your carpet, you should:
- Scrape or blot up excess.
- Apply detergent with a damp towel. Blot; don’t rub.
- Apply water with a damp towel.
- Blot; finish with a weighted pad of towels.
If that doesn’t work, try this:
- Apply detergent solution with a damp towel; leave on for 3 to 5 minutes. Blot; don’t rub.
- If stain is removed, finish with a water rinse. Blot then apply a pad of weighted paper towels. If stain is not removed, continue as follows.
- Apply hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution; let stand for 2 to 3 hours under a weighted sheet of plastic wrap.
- Repeat application of hydrogen peroxide/ammonia solution and allow to dry under weighted plastic wrap until removal is complete.
- Apply water with damp towel.
- Blot; finish with weighted pad of paper towels.
- To neutralize the area, apply white vinegar only after stain is removed.
Of course you can avoid this mess altogether by making the carpeted areas of your home “off limits” to candy-carrying kiddies. If the mess they make is too big for you to tackle on your own, you should call a professional carpet cleaner. This will prevent you from doing further damage to your carpet or voiding your warranty. America’s Floor Source offers carpet cleaning to anyone in the Columbus, OH area. To learn more, visit the Floor Care section of our website.
For more useful stain removal tips, check out the Anso Nylon Stain Center. They also have a pretty cool iPhone app you can use that will identify a stain and offer removal tips for that particular substance. Oh the wonders of modern technology. Happy Halloween folks!
(Stain removal information provided by Anso Nylon Stain Center).