Whether you have the “food never leaves the kitchen” or you are fairly lax about people eating or drinking in places where the carpet is installed, the odds of an accident is still likely. When it comes to jams and jellies, the biggest offenders are little toddlers that will use the delicious sticky substance as finger paints, coincidentally or deliberately, and smear it anywhere they happen to be. Other circumstances can naturally happen when these tasty substances end up tarnishing your carpets. In an effort to help to help you remove jelly and jam from the carpets before they become an indefinite stain, we at Carpet Care 2000 have listed a method to remove it.
How to Remove Jam & Jelly Stains from Carpet
1) Immediate Action. Any substance that makes contact with your carpet is easier removed when you treat it as quickly as possible; avoid letting it sit for any length of time. Use a butter knife, spoon, or blunt edge to lightly scrape the bulk of the jam/jelly and wipe it off on a paper towel.
2) Stain Removal Tips. When you treat spots, never use hot water, or it could set the dye into your carpet. Never scrub or rub, just blot and pat to avoid making the mess spread. Always perform a patch test in an inconspicuous spot, whether you use commercial carpet cleaner or DIY home remedy, to ensure the carpets color or integrity is compromised. To avoid the risk of transferring prints or dyes from cleaning tools, always use white paper towels, cloths, and towels during your procedure. If your carpet is specialized fiber, contact a professional.
3) Don’t Over Wet Carpet. Lightly dampen the marred area by misting it with a squirt bottle of warm water, or use a damp cloth to pat moisture on the spot.
4) Treat Stain. In a bucket or separate squirt bottle, mix ¼ tsp liquid dish soap with 1 liter of cool water; mix the solution well.
5) Blot, Don’t Rub Carpet Stain. Use a clean cloth to apply the treatment to blot the jelly/jam out of the carpet. Start your treatment on the outer edges and work your way to the center to contain the stain. Blot the stain or place the treat cloth over the top of the stain and use a spoon and lightly press the spoon, lifting the stain.
6) Repeat. Use a paper towel to absorb the moisture and repeat the treatment until the jelly/jam is completely removed.
7) Rinse Solution. Use a damp cloth to rinse the solution by blotting up the residue.
8) Dry Thoroughly. With a dry towel, continue to dry the area to the best of your ability.
9) Vacuum. Vacuum the carpet once it is fully dry to relax the fibers.
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Jam and jelly can be more of a challenge to remove if they had a chance to sit for more than a few hours. If the stains persist, call in the professionals of Carpet Care 2000 and let our skilled experts utilize their knowledge and top quality products and equipment to not only remove the stain, but to extract any compact dirt and debris to reveal clean and fresh carpets. Contact us today!