Halloween can be a very messy holiday. From pumpkin carving and candy to costumes and decorations, Halloween can bring it’s share of carpet spots and stains. There are a few common carpet stains that occur during the Halloween season, and we at the Heart of Texas, ChemDry would like to take the opportunity to share some tips on removing them.
How to Clean Chocolate Stains from Carpet
Using a white cloth and cold water, blot the stains after using a spoon and paper towels to remove any bulky chunks if necessary. When the chocolate no longer transfers to cloth, mix ¼ tsp of mild dish soap and 1 cup of water. Use the mixture to treat a fresh cloth and sponge the solution onto the stain. Allow 5 minutes for the solution to break up the chocolate and use the solution to blot up the residues. After stain is removed, use a water-damp cloth to rinse the residual cleaner from carpet’s surface. Blot the excess moisture with a dry towel.
How to Get Hard Candy Out of Carpet
Use care to remove the hard candy from the carpet, if it is dry, us a paper towel and cool water to lightly moisten the candy to prevent damage to the carpet. Remove the hard candy and any pieces from the carpet. With about ½ tsp of liquid dish soap, lightly dab your fingers in the soap, and gently work the hard candy spot with your fingers. Allow it to set a few moments. Use a water-damp cloth to blot the stain and soap residue from the carpet. With a distilled white vinegar- damp cloth, continue to blot the out any coloring left behind. If the stain is still concentrated, let the vinegar sit for 5-10 minutes and use the cloth to blot the spot. Once the stain is removed, follow up with water-damp cloth blotting to remove the vinegar. Dry with a clean, dry towel.
How to Remove Pumpkin Stains from Carpet
Pumpkin pulp, seeds, or puree as possible needs to scrape off the surface first; be sure to use a blunt edged like a spoon or spatula and scoop it on paper towels to toss out easily. Using a clean washcloth and a blotting motion gently work warm water into the stain. Combine two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid and treat a cloth to blot. Be sure to alternate blotting the carpet with the solution treated cloth and water treated cloth. Dry the area using a dry towel.
How to Clean Glow Stick Spills on Carpet
A paper towel, immediately blot up as much of the moisture as possible. To keep the stain from spreading and getting larger, be sure to work on the outside and towards the center. Mix together 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent, 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar, and 1 cup of cool water. In the solution, dip a soft-bristled brush, and work the stain from the carpet. In between applications, use a dry cloth to blot the area to avoid oversaturation. Once the stain is lifted, use a water-damp cloth to remove the solution remnants and dry with a towel.
How to Remove Fake Blood from Carpet
Use a dry rag or paper towels to absorb the excess liquid. Dab cold water onto the spot carefully. Work the outer edges of the stain and towards the center for more control. Use a dry rag or paper towels to again, remove excess moisture. Repeat 2-3 times. If water is not enough after the 3rd try, use a cotton ball treated with 3% hydrogen-peroxide and blot the stain, using dry cotton balls in between. Rinse with a water-damp cloth and follow with a dry towel to blot out remaining moisture.