Halloween is right around the corner and families across the nation are getting their yards ready with decorations in preparation for the kickoff of the party season. If there is one thing that is synonymous with parties it’s the unfortunate reality that something soft and squishy is likely going to be dropped on your carpets, rugs or upholstery. The knowledgeable experts at Carpet Care 2000 are the stain experts when it comes to professional carpet and upholstery cleaning expertly removing all manner of soft, sugary and brightly colored candy treats and many other food items that can become stuck on the surface and deep in the fibers of your carpets.
How to Remove Stains from Carpets & Rugs
Halloween Candy Stains: Regardless of the type, finding candy stuck in your carpet is probably not your idea of a successful party. Begin by scraping up as much as you can from the surface with a spoon before blotting with a clean white cloth and a mild solution of detergent. Once the stain is removed, rinse with cold water and continue to blot as much of the excess water as possible. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
Halloween makeup: one of the most exciting things about Halloween is a costume party at least until you find Halloween makeup smeared into your carpet. Using a bread knife, scrape as much up as can, or in the case of solids, use a small vacuum. Take a clean white cloth and begin the process of blotting the stain with a mild detergent/water solution. Always blot the stain, never rub as this may harm the fibers and damage the texture of your carpets and rugs. Once the stain is completely removed, rinse with cold water and blot with additional clean cloths until dry. Never attempt to remove the stain with rubbing alcohol doing so can damage the carpet backing leading to expensive repairs or carpet replacements.
Chocolate Carpet Stains: Chocolate may cause your taste buds to go into overdrive, but it can wreak havoc on your carpets. To remove chocolate stains scrap up as much as you can before blotting with a clean dry cloth. It is possible to neutralize the stain using a mild ammonia solution of 1 tablespoon of clear ammonia combined with ½ cup of water before blotting with a mild detergent solution but this method can be problematic if you add too much solution to the stain potentially leading to further damage.
DIY Carpet Stain Removal
Removing stains at home requires a great deal of time and patience and despite your best efforts you may not be completely pleased with the results. Remember:
• If you attempt to remove stains with a store brought spot removal solution always test for color fastness by applying product in an inconspicuous area first.
• Act as quickly as possible to avoid a permanent stain on your carpets or soft furnishings.
• Many spot cleaning solutions available on the market leave a residue that often attracts more dirt. Several rinses with lukewarm tap water may be necessary to effectively remove traces of residue.