Having a party where cake is involved is always fun. The sweet tasty treat buzzes excitement and anticipation as the presented cake slices are dispersed. But accidents happen, especially if children are thrown in the equation, and now that array of icing colors is blemishing your carpet. But being the patient and down to earth host you are, you do an excellent job of keeping your composure, give yourself a pat on the back, and now it is time to laugh it up and tend to the mess before a stubborn stain tries to set up residency.
Carpet Care 2000 share some tips to remove cake icing stains.
1. Remove the bulk of the frosting. For starters, you will need a dull edge from a spatula or butter knife and a few paper towels or paper plate. Carefully scoop up the bulk of icing on to the paper towel. Do not smash the icing into the carpet. Do this process gently. Use your fingers if there are chunks of cake left, and then scoop the rest.
2. Dampen the carpet stain. Using a spray bottle, minimally spray some water onto the infected area. Do not over saturate, but just dampen the area. This will help keep it moist so the stain is easier cleaned up and it will not set quickly.
3. Solution. Combine 1 part vinegar to 4 parts warm water and mix well in a spray bottle. Apply the solution to the stain generously, but do not over saturate. Vinegar is ideal for breaking down the sugars and dye of the stain. Allow your vinegar solution to set on the stain for approximately 5 minutes or so.
4. Blot up the stain. With a white cloth, or white paper towels, start blotting at the stain. Resist the compulsion to rub or scrub, as this merely spreads the stain out and deep. Continue blotting, this process requires patience but will be easier in the long run. If the stain begins to dry out before it is lifted, simply reapply the solution and continue blotting.
5. Rinse. After the area is stain free, flush the area with clear water from and blot up the moisture as much as possible.
6. Vacuum. Once the area is fully dry, vacuum the treated area to keep the fibers relaxed and remove any lingering debris.
Carpet Cleaning & Stain Removal Notes
– Do not use HOT water as this could cause the dye in the stain to set into the fibers.
– Always blot, do not rub scrub or rub as previously mentioned.
– Test any homemade remedy solutions or over the counter commercial product in an inconspicuous area to ensure the fibers are not lightened or compromised.
– Attend the stain immediately, as leaving the stain to fester can make it much more difficult to remove.
– Use white cloths or paper towels. Using colored or printed cloths/paper towels can transfer dyes or the print to the carpet.