Kids, Candy & Carpet Stains
If you have children or care for them on a regular basis, chances are that they’ve had a treat or two after their lunch or dinner. While they may have sat dutifully at the table like you asked them to for the main meal, if their dessert is more portable they’re usually out of there and already on the go. This may not be that big of an issue but once you step away from the main eating area you risk making a mess in a different part of the house. Children are magnets for messes when it comes to food-related spills and stains so it probably isn’t a surprise when you find spots on your carpet here and there that have been visited by the Candy Fairy. It’s bright, it’s sticky and it’s not as easily removed as you were hoping. What to do now? Here are a few tips to help you get that solid sugar off your carpets.
Tackling the large pieces is first on your list. It will be easier to get deeper into the fibers once you have cleared away all the debris first. It is very important that you use cold water for this process. Warm or hot water will only cause the sugar to stain the carpet even more and it will set. Just as you would clean your dark clothing with cold water, do the same with the candy. Let the water dissolve the pieces for several minutes and then gently pull the larger bits away from your carpet fibers. For stubborn pieces, you can try scraping them away with a kitchen utensil. Once you’ve done all you can with the larger parts, you can start treating the stain itself.
As far as cleaners go, the gentler the better. You don’t want to have to use anything harsh on your carpet and risk creating a new stain while trying to remove the old stain. A great choice would be a gentle carpet cleaner or one that is formulated to clean pet odors and stains. This is especially helpful as it will be safer chemical-wise for children and pets while it is drying. Use your carpet cleaner as directed on the package. If you need just a little more help to bring the stain up, moisten a cloth with white vinegar and blot the carpet gently.
If the stain is stubborn and won’t pull up, a citrus cleaner can be employed. Spot test a section of the carpet that is out of the way to be sure that it will not damage the material. Once you’ve lifted the stain, blot it with a dry towel and let it air dry.