Monthly Archives: September 2014

How To Remove Gum from Carpet

gum on carpet

  • First, try using ice. Put ice on the gum and press. The gun will become hard and brittle, making it easier for you to scrape off the carpet.
  • If ice doesn’t work, apply 1 teaspoon of peanut butter to the spot and press into the gum. Remove the gum with damp washcloth, then rinse with a little soap and water to remove the peanut butter residue, then rinse again with water to remove the soap residue.
  • If that doesn’t work, try a little of olive or vegetable oil as a LAST RESORT. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and blot with paper towels.
  • WD-40 is a flammable solvent that is very successful in removing gum, nut it can de dangerous to clean with. If used, you must clean the area with soap and water and rinse, then rinse again and towel dry.
  • You can also try vinegar. Soak the gum in vinegar, let it sit for 15 minutes then try to remove the gum. Blot (do not rub), and scrape off carefully.

As with any carpet cleaning procedures, try on an inconspicuous spot before you move on to visible areas.

How To Remove Tomato Sauce from Carpet

tomato sauce on carpetVery simply: Act Fast, Blot, Do Not Rub!

The longer you wait, the more the tomato sauce will cling to the carpet fibers. It’s always a good idea to keep some cleaning products on hand so you don’t have to waste a timely trip to the store when you have a spill. You should have: dishwashing detergent, ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and club soda on hand.

  1. Remove as much excess sauce as possible, and using a spoon or the blunt side of a knife, scoop or scrape off the tomatoe sauce. Start out from the furthest part of the stain and work inward so as not to spread the stain.
  2. Apply a little club soda and blot the spot, and use a paper towel to dry the area as much as possible.
  3. After that, mix a tablespoon of liquid dish detergent with 2 cups of cool water.
  4. Blot the stain and rinse with cold water, and blot with napkins when done.

If the above instructions do not work, try this:

  1. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with a 1/2 cup of cool water (Warning! Be careful handling ammonia. Use gloves, and never mix ammonia with bleach!)
  2. Do a test area spot to ensure it’s safe for the colorfastness of the carpet.
  3. Apply the ammonia solution and blot the sauce stain, then rinse with cool water and blot dry with paper towels.

If the stain still isn’t gone after using the ammonia solution, try this:

  1. Create a hydrogen peroxide solution with 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons of cool water.
  2. Do a test area spot to ensure it’s safe for the colorfastness of the carpet.
  3. Cover with a towel and keep the sunlight off the spot for 30 minutes. (Warning! Be careful handling hydrogen peroxide, and use gloves!)
  4. After 30 minutes blot, rinse with water, and blot with paper towels.

How To Remove Coffee Stains from Carpet

coffee on carpet As with all stains, the best thing to do is to quickly blot up coffee stains with white paper towels or napkins and soak up as much as the liquid as possible. Avoid rubbing, as rubbing can push the coffee further into the carpet fibers.

If the carpet is an antique carpet or natural fiber carpet (wool, cotton, silk) it would be best to call a professional carpet cleaner to ensure the carpet won’t be damaged.

  1. Mix 2/3 cup of warm water with 1/3 white vinegar (or a teaspoon of dishwasher detergent)
  2. If the coffee contained milk, cream, or sugar, use a little enzyme laundry detergent as well.
  3. As with any carpet stain, apply the cleaning solution to an inconspicuous spot before you move on to visible areas
  4. With a spray bottle, spray the solution on the carpet and then blot it up.
  5. If the spot comes out, rinse the area with water and blot to try to remove the vinegar and detergent.
  6. If the spot is very wet, put some paper towels or a white cotton towel on the spot and put a couple of very heavy books over the towels to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.

If you are not able to remove the coffee stains you may try a safe pH balanced spot cleaner from the store, or better yet, call your local carpet cleaning company.

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