Help! My Child got Candy Stuck in my Carpet!
Has this ever happened to you? With Halloween right around the corner, you’re better off safe than sorry! We wanted to share some helpful tips on how to keep candy out of your carpet, but also on how to get it out (should you find yourself trying to remove gum at midnight on Halloween from your newly-cleaned carpet).
The first thing we suggest as a preventative is to simply keep the candy away from your carpet. However, we know this is difficult – especially if you have multiple kids who are running around on a sugar high. So, if and when you are unable to keep the candy away from the carpet, there are (luckily) several ways to go about cleaning it up.
If you’re dealing with a sticky candy, such as gum, the first step is to apply ice directly on top of the spot. Don’t reach for the scissors just yet! Generally a bag of ice will work to cool it enough to be able to scrape it away from your carpet. Then you can use any kind of scraping tool to remove the excess candy. Vacuum the rest of the particles and all you’re left with is a stain to clean! This is the easy part, you can try using any homemade solution to remove the stain, water and soap, or you can call a professional to spot treat the stain. Problem solved – no more candy or stain!
Now, if you’re dealing with a hard candy (jolly ranchers, life savers, peppermints, etc.) you’ll want to treat it a little differently. Hard candy can be softened by water, which makes it easier to remove from the carpet. Don’t try to pull it too soon though; you could damage your carpet. Hard candy will actually dissolve if enough cold water is poured on it – then it should just be a couple large pieces that you can pick out of the carpet, and the rest you can wipe up with a rag. You’ll be left with a stain after the candy is removed, and again you can try using your homemade solution or call a professional!
We hope these tips will help you, even if it is midnight on Halloween – we always want you to have a clean carpet! Give us a call at 1-800-880-7785 if you find yourself in a tricky situation, we would love to help!