Removing Sticky Candy from Carpet
August 19th, 2012
It’s hard for kids to turn down sweet candy treats, and sometimes they manage to spill it all over your clean carpet. Candy messes on the floor can be fairly stubborn accidents to clean up, especially if it’s deeply embedded into the carpet fibers. Candy contains many different dyes, depending on what type of sweet it is. You need to take into account what type of carpet you have because there are different procedures for removing sticky candies from carpet. It’s not a good idea to forcefully pull stuck candy out of your carpet because it can rip the carpet fibers up, and leave loose dangling threads.
Synthetic carpet & Wool carpet
Initially, you need to take some sort of scraping tool (butter knife works great) and scrape up as much of the excess sticky candy from the carpet. You need to eliminate as much of the thick, caked-on candy from the floor. Next, dip a sponge into warm water, gently brush outward from the center of the stain to wipe off any more candy particles. Now, take approximately ½ a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and work it into the carpet fibers with your fingers. Wet a paper towel and blot the stain to transfer the surplus of candy. You will need a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar, and then begin to dampen the remaining stain. Let the distilled white vinegar sit for a few minutes, in order to better remove the candy stain. The distilled white vinegar will help dissolve any of the leftover candy residues! To lift, press down onto the stain with a clean cloth. If the stain still persists, repeat the process of dampening the spot with vinegar, and then blotting. Once you have fully removed the candy spill, flush the newly cleaned area with water. Allow the affected area to dry naturally. Store-bought carpet stain cleaners also prove to be just as effective as well.
Don’t let little candy messes get you frustrated, candy stains might take a little bit of elbow grease, but they are definitely not impossible to clean up!