Regardless of your age, Halloween night is one of the best nights of the year. Whether you’re 7 or 87, everyone loves dressing up in a costume and going Trick-or-Treating. However, with young Trick-or-Treaters comes the risk of a mess, as candy can be haphazardly discarded in the midst of the excitement of the night.
As young children greedily paw their way through the night’s loot, parents watch in horror as bits of candy find their way onto the new carpet. Before you worry about this sticky situation, read up on these stain removal tips in order to get candy out of your carpet.
Lollipops and the like are delicious, but notoriously difficult to remove from carpets. In order to get these suckers out of your carpet, the first step is to remove all of the large pieces. To do this without ruining the carpet, hold an ice pack to the candy until frozen, or douse the candy with cold water. Freezing the sticky candy before removing it not only makes the removal easier, but also ensures minimal carpet damage. After the piece of candy is frozen and detached from the carpet, dab the stained area with a stain remover of some sort. If you don’t have stain remover on hand, try white vinegar.
Regardless of what you use, these candies are generally brightly colored, and will leave a brightly colored stain on your carpet if it is not treated. While removing the stain, make sure to blot the area, never rub it. Rubbing stains will only spread them, thus creating a bigger problem. If you’ve tried everything and the stain is not budging, call a professional to help address the problem
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Before your or the kids dig into this long-time of Halloween, proceed with caution and remember that chocolate melts easily. Melted chocolate on the carpet is neither fun nor easy to clean up, which could mean a potential disaster for carpets. Luckily, if you clean up the spill fast enough, you should have no problem removing the stain completely.
When cleaning up a chocolate spill, make sure to get all the large pieces out of the carpet first. The larger pieces are easier to remove, and cause the least amount of damage to your carpet. As mentioned above, freezing the big pieces ensure an easier removal. Next, blot the affected area with a mixture of detergent and warm water, until the stain is completely gone.
Removing gummy worms or bears from your carpet can be a daunting task. However, you should be successful if you simply follow the same steps as you would for hard candy. In this case, freezing the gummy pieces is unbelievably helpful, as gummies get stickier when they are warm. After freezing the big pieces, chip off as much as you can before applying a stain remover to the affected area.
When in doubt, call a professional
If the mess is too much for you to handle or you are afraid you might ruin your carpet, it’s a good idea to call a professional. When it comes to your carpet, you’re better off safe than sorry. It’s also recommended that you get your carpets cleaned professionally at least once a year. If cleaned properly, your carpet will last much longer than if cleaned improperly.