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Tips & "Tricks" for Removing Sticky "Treats"

Tips & "Tricks" for Removing Sticky "Treats"

My favorite time of the year! The weather is cooling down, the morning air smells clean, the stars seem brighter and of course, Halloween.

Halloween originated over 2000 years ago with the Celtic people who held a festival with bonfires and wore costumes to ward off evil spirits and to bring in the change of season. Originally known as All Hallow's Eve or the day before celebrating All Saints Day, which began in the 18th century by Pope Gregory III.

The celebration of Halloween this year may look different for many of us, but I anticipate it will still be a fun holiday full with family, friends, food, pumpkin carving and painting contests, games and of course scary movies (for me not too scary).

For many of us, there is an overwhelming abundance of those sugary, sticky, bright colored treats that inevitably get tracked, mushed, spilled on your carpets and upholstery. How many of us have returned to the scene of a Halloween celebration only to find a piece of candy, gum or chocolate stuck in our carpet...UGH! Don't chalk it up as an immediate loss but give a couple of these carpet cleaning "tricks" a try and see if the "treat" is forever removed from your carpet and your memory (NOTE: the processes below should NOT be used on natural fibers - silk or wool):

CANDY

  1. Prior to cleaning carpet, remove as much of the sticky candy as you can using cool water to melt the sugar(s), a rubber spatula or tool to remove the excess candy taking care not to damage the carpet or upholstery fibers. NOTE: Do NOT use hot water as it may set the stain.

  2. Stain remover - pet enzyme and stain remover (Nature's Miracle). If possible, outline the outer edge of stain with the stain remover (acts as a barrier from stain bleeding onto clean carpet areas).

  3. Blot stain using a clean white cloth moistened with stain remover, continue blotting and moving to a new area of clean cloth until stain no longer transfers onto the white cloth.

  4. Squirt bottle with clean warm water and a clean white cloth - spray area previously worked with warm water and blot with NEW clean white cloth - continue the process to rinse stain and remover(s) from the carpet.

  5. Cover the newly cleaned carpet area with folded paper towels and a heavy book (or similar) allowing the paper towels time to wick up as much water as possible AND allowing time for the area to dry completely.

JACK O'LANTERN (PUMPKIN)

  1. Remove as much excess pumpkin (from the carving or pie filling accident) as possible using a spoon or spatula taking care not to transfer to the unaffected areas.

  2. Stain remover - pet enzyme and stain remover (Nature's Miracle). If possible, outline the outer edge of stain with the stain remover (acts as a barrier from stain bleeding onto clean carpet areas).

  3. Apply stain remover to the stained area and let it dwell for several minutes.

  4. Next agitate or blot area with clean white cloth taking care to remove as much of the pumpkin stain as possible AND not transfer the stain from the cloth back onto the carpet. The stain will no longer transfer to the cloth when you have pulled out as much as possible.

  5. Rinse with warm clean water from a squirt bottle and a clean cloth moistened with clean water by blotting confident that the stain remover is rinsed completely.

  6. Cover the area with folded paper towels and a heavy book (or similar) allowing the paper towels time to wick up as much water as possible AND allowing time for the area to dry completely.

CHOCOLATE

  1. If needed, wait for chocolate to harden (don't attempt to remove melted chocolate as it will spread and cause more damage.) Once hardened scrap off carefully to remove chocolate from carpet or upholstery.

  2. Mix liquid soap (¼ tsp) with lukewarm water (8 fluid ounces) and blot out chocolate until removed.

  3. To assist in rinsing and removing the soap from the carpet fibers, mix 25/75 vinegar & water add to spray bottle. Spray over the previously cleaned area and blot with a new clean cloth until you are confident that the soap is removed.

  4. Finally rinse using a squirt bottle with warm water and blot with a clean towel.

  5. Cover the area with folded paper towels and a heavy book (or similar) allowing the paper towels time to wick up as much water as possible AND allowing time for the area to dry completely.

SODA POP

  1. Blot up as much excess as possible

  2. Mix clear liquid dish soap and warm water and blot area with clean white cloth continually changing to a new cloth (or new area) until the stain is visibly removed and is no longer transferring to your clean white cloth

  3. Mix vinegar and lukewarm water and moisten a new clean white cloth and blot area previously cleaned (vinegar aids in removing remaining soap and stains)

  4. Fill spray bottle with warm water and moisten previously cleaned area and blot area as a final rinse, continue blotting until area is as dry as possible

  5. Cover the area with folded paper towels and a heavy book (or similar) allowing the paper towels time to wick up as much water as possible AND allowing time for the area to dry completely.

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KEY NOTES:

  1. Blot stain from the outside in, don't rub or scrub as this will damage the fibers and spread the stain possibly setting the stain.

  2. Do NOT use hot water as it may set the stain.

  3. If the stain is transferring onto your clean cloth, continue blotting and working until it no longer transfers.

  4. As a last resort use hydrogen peroxide BUT test a hidden area as it may bleach out the color. Blot with hydrogen peroxide and a clean white cloth.

  5. Care should be taken to rinse with clean water and a clean cloth before moving to the next product/process.

  6. When cleaning carpet or upholstery cleaning, it is important to get all the residue out of your carpet or upholstery. If any residue remains it will attract dirt, grime, etc. and the spot will reappear. Residue includes the actual spill as well as every product used to get the stain/spill out. Zero Residue, Means Cleaner Longer!