Give a little kid a piece of chewing gum and you never know where it’ll end up! In their hair, in a pocket, in the fibers of your carpet . . . If you pick it up right away, no harm is done, but if it’s pressed into the carpet at all, it can become a gooey, sticky, and frustrating mess. That’s where we come in! We’re here to teach your how to get gum out of carpet. There are several different methods to choose from, so feel free to choose whichever method will work best with your type of carpet, the supplies you already have at home, and the severity of the situation
Let’s start with one of the easiest methods: ice! Just about every household has ice on hand and if you want to know how to get gum out of carpet, start by simply pressing ice against the gum. The gum will become hard and brittle, making it easy for you to scrape it off with a butter knife or fork.
If you ever got gum stuck in your hair as a child, you probably remember the classic remedy: peanut butter. This pantry staple works on gum stuck in carpet as well. Just press and rub about 1 teaspoon of peanut butter onto the gum. Remove with a damp washcloth. If a little residue is left behind, remove it with a washcloth and soap and water.
OLIVE OIL OR VEGETABLE OIL
Peanut butter works because it’s oily, so you can imagine why olive oil and vegetable oil are good alternatives. Apply a teaspoon of oil and pick out the gum with your fingers. The oil will reduce the gum’s stickiness. It can, however, stain your carpet, so don’t use this method unless you’re desperate and have no other options. Also be sure to clean it out thoroughly afterward using a carpet cleaning product and a vacuum.
Spray on a small amount of WD-40 spray and work it in with your fingers until you can pull off the gum. Afterward, clean off the WD-40 spray with a dish detergent and a moist washcloth. It is very important that you thoroughly remove the WD-40, however, because it is very flammable. For that reason, WD-40 should not be your preferred method when deciding how to get gum out of carpet.
Vinegar can also be used to remove gum from carpet fibers. Let the vinegar soak into the gum for about 15 minutes. Then, scrape it off carefully with a butter knife. Do a test patch first, however, because vinegar can sometimes make carpet colors bleed.
Goo Gone works well too, but because you’re less likely to have it around the house, it costs more, and other methods work just as well, we’ve listed it last. Goo Gone will remove the stickiness and allow you to remove the gum with a moist cloth.
Maybe you were painting your bedroom and a few dripping drops escaped your notice . . . Maybe your daughter busted out her paint set and decided to color a portion of the rug . . . Maybe your freshly painted chairs weren’t quite dry when you moved them back into the carpeted living room . . . Whatever the situation, if you have a paint stain on carpet, we’re here to help! However, we must note first that the success of the process will depend not only on your cleaning technique but also on the type of paint, its color, and the amount of time it has spent on your carpet thus far. With that in mind, read on and try to find the solution that best fits the paint stain on carpet in your home.
FOR ALL PAINT . . .
Act fast! If paint dries, it will often permanently stain the carpet. Then, contain the spill by surrounding it with absorbent cloths or paper towels. Blot up as much of the paint as you can (taking care not to rub it further into the carpet fibers). Before you apply any harsh cleaning solutions or chemicals, test them in an inconspicuous area. At the end, if there are a few bits of dried paint left that won’t come out, feel free to cut them off with a razor or scissors.
FOR ACRYLIC PAINT . . .
Apply glycerin to the stain and blot up. Then, remove the leftover residue with rubbing alcohol. Go back over the remaining stain with a mild detergent and water. Clean up the paint with a sponge and vacuum dry.
FOR OIL-BASED PAINT . . .
Act quickly because most oil paints will permanently stain carpet if left on too long. You’ll need to use turpentine or mineral spirits to remove the paint stain on carpet. If the paint has dried, try to stick with turpentine. Apply the liquid and blot up with paper towels. Then, blot the area with rubbing alcohol to remove any remaining chemical residue. Finally, go back with a mild detergent and water and clean what’s left of the stain with a sponge.
FOR LATEX PAINT . . .
Blot up as much paint as possible. Then, make a cleaning solution by mixing about a teaspoon of a neutral detergent (one that contains no alkalies or bleaches) and one cup of warm water. Apply this to the stain and blot up as much paint as possible. Repeat the method until the stain is gone.
FOR WATER-BASED PAINT . . .
Blot up as much paint as possible. Then, continue blotting using a bit of water or vinegar. Finally, add a mild detergent or dish soap, blot, and rinse with water. Take care not to use too much water or the stain with spread.
THE PAINT IS DRY . . .
If the paint has dried, first try to remove as much of the stain as possible by scraping at it with a razor blade, butter knife, or something similar. Then, spray on some WD-40 and let it sit for 20 minutes. Blot the area and remove any bits of loose paint (with your hands or a pair of tweezers). Then, clean the area with a neutral detergent and rinse with water. Blot up any excess liquid.
AN ENTIRE PAINT CAN SPILLED!
Soak up as much paint as possible with rags, then cover the paint stain on carpet with very damp towels so that it won’t dry up. Keep the stain wet as you call a trusted carpet cleaning company. They should be able to clean it with their professional equipment, but if the situation is too dire, you may have to replace that section of your carpet.
Scotchgard is a magical thing. You spray it on—and just like that, your carpet or upholstery is protected by an invisible shield! It repels and blocks stains, resists soiling, and keeps your carpet and upholstery looking newer for longer. With a rag and some water, you can clean up most spills. No more stains or scrubbing! And most importantly, Scotchgard won’t affect the way your carpet looks or feels—avoiding the sticky residue and tacky gloss you might expect using other spray cleaners and protectants. Pretty unbelievable, right? So how does Scotchgard work? How is this product able to provide great protection while remaining invisible and unnoticeable?
If you’ve ever wondered, “how does Scotchgard work?”, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re going to discuss what Scotchgard is, how it works, and where it can come in handy around your house.
WHAT IS SCOTCHGARD? Scotchgard is a stain and water repellent created by 3M (the American adhesive company) in 1952 and since then, it has been used in a variety of cleaning and protectant products. One of its most popular uses is as a stain repellant for carpet and upholstered furniture.
HOW DOES SCOTCHGARD WORK? Scotchgard provides a protective shield that surrounds each fiber and protects it from water- and oil-based stains. The formula for Scotchgard was discovered accidentally and the two scientists involved (Patsy Sherman and Samuel Smith) received a patent for the formula in 1973. The original key ingredient in Scotchgard was perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), which, due to its toxicity and global distribution (and a lot of pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) has been phased out of 3M products for the last 10 years. Since 2003, Scotchgard products have used perfluorobutanesulfonic acid (PFBS) in place of PFOS. Unfortunately, it has a much shorter half-life than PFOS.
The Scotchgard formula prevents stains and dirt from penetrating carpet and fabric fibers, but it isn’t infallible. With proper usage, it will keep your carpet and furniture looking cleaner for longer than they would have otherwise, but they won’t look brand-new forever. And just because you have Scotchgard, that doesn’t mean that you get just let repelled stains sit on your carpet for hours or days. They will sink in (and set in!) eventually. Scotchgard gives you time to prevent a stain; it doesn’t promise that your carpet or furniture will never be stained.
WHERE MIGHT I USE SCOTCHGARD? You’ll often hear about Scotchgard being applied to carpets, rugs, couches, and chairs, but it works well on a variety of other products. You might consider applying Scotchgard to the following:
You’re in the middle of a manicure when—bam! Your nail polish topples over and thick, glossy, bright polish begins seeping into the carpet. Although we would like to remind you that it’s not a good idea to paint your nails on an unprotected carpet or rug, time is of the essence! We don’t have time for carpet care lectures. You need to learn how to get nail polish off carpet! So pick up that bottle, grab some cleaning supplies, and forget about protecting your manicure (isn’t a stain-free carpet more important than a temporary manicure?). Read on to learn how to get nail polish off carpet.
1. ACT FAST. The longer you wait, the worse the stain will be. It could seep further into the carpet fibers or dry up. So as soon as you notice the stain, start learning how to get nail polish off carpet.
2. BLOT, DON’T RUB. When you notice a bright nail polish stain on your carpet, your instinct might be to grab a paper towel or cloth and start rubbing at it as though you’re soaking up spilled water. This technique can actually push the nail polish further into the carpet, so it’s important that you blot the stain instead. Start on the edges and work inward as well, so that the stain doesn’t spread.
3. REMOVE THE EXCESS. Before you reach for your cleaning products, remove as much of the stain as you can. Using the blotting technique, dab up as much of the stain as possible with a paper towel or cloth.
4. DO A TEST PATCH. Now it’s time to remove the stain. Before you start throwing cleaning products on the offending spot, test them in an unseen and inconspicuous area of your carpet. This is especially important if you have a dark-colored carpet, because some products will remove the carpet’s dye along with the nail polish.
5. REMOVE THE STAIN. If your carpet is a very light color, try using a non-acetone nail polish remover (acetone could damage your carpet). Pour some onto a rag and blot the stain, slowly removing it. If your carpet is dark, try using hair spray or rubbing alcohol instead. Again, spray/pour them onto a rag and blot. If these methods don’t work, you can also try using window cleaner (like Windex) or carpet cleaner.
6. RINSE. Once the stain is removed, rinse the area with water and dab with a cloth to dry. If the stain smells strongly of nail polish or nail polish remover, you might want to wash the area with a mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water before you rinse.
If you (or your children!) like to get wild in the kitchen, it’s important to have some basic cleaning skills under your belt—how to clean up the spills and stains that result from a fallen glass of wine, a wandering meatball, a toppled cup of grape juice, and splattered spaghetti sauce, to name a few. This is especially true if you have carpeting in or near your kitchen or dining room, since you can’t wipe clean a carpet or rug. One of the most troublesome kitchen stains you might encounter over the years is one created with cooking oil or grease. Luckily, we’ve got you covered. If you’re struggling with a cooking oil or grease stain, please check out our tips and tricks for how to get oil out of carpet.
1. BLOT. The first step in learning how to get oil out of carpet is to blot up as much of the oil as possible. Use an absorbent material such a towel, rag, or brown paper bag (we don’t recommend newspaper for this because the ink could transfer onto the carpet fibers and create an even bigger stain). You can remove the bulk of the stain this way.
2. COAT WITH POWDER. After that, coat the stain with an absorbent powder like baking soda or corn starch. Let it sit for 2-24 hours. When you feel you’ve waited long enough, vacuum up the powder and check to see if the stain has disappeared. If it has, great! If not, move on to the next step.
3. WASH WITH DISH SOAP. If the stain remains and you still need to know how to get oil out of carpet, try a grease-fighting dish soap. Create a solution with a small amount of dishwashing detergent and water and apply it to the stain. Scrub with a brush or sponge and allow the product to sit for 1-2 minutes. Then, rinse with water and blot up the excess liquid (you may need to repeat this step a few times to remove all of the suds). That’s it!
Congratulations! You’ve just learned how to get oil out of carpet. If the stain is still present after you’ve completed these three steps, you may need to repeat them once or even twice more. If you have a grease stain, the process for removal will be very similar except at the start, you’ll need to scrape off the grease instead of soaking it up with brown paper.
NOTE: With all of these cleaning products, we recommend that you do a test patch on an unimportant and unseen area of the carpet beforehand to be sure that they will not stain or discolor your carpeting. Also, always remember to blot, never rub, so that the stain isn’t pushed further into the carpet fibers.
OH NO! NOT ON THE RUG!
In a leisurely town like Myrtle Beach, it is a common occurrence to have a few accidental spills at some time or another. Not to fear however, we have special techniques that can help you out in your situation.
Wine can be a stubborn stain to try to remove but not impossible. We have a method t
hat we use called a heat exchange to remove these types of spots. Although we have had many successes there is always no 100% guarantee with any stain. Here are some tips to help you if you have a wine spill at home:
1.) Call Thuro Clean immediately: Let us know that you have a wine spill.
2.) Blot… DONT RUB: when cleaning up the excess wine from the spill, please make sure not to rub the fabric. Use more of a blotting technique. Keep in mind to use a absorbent material so that with every blot you are getting the maximum amount of liquid extracted. Some suggestions would be good quality paper towels, dry rags, or cotton balls.
3.) Keep the spot wet: The longer you can keep the wine “active” (wet) the better chance we have to get it out. Get a towel and run it under water to completely saturate the towel. Squeeze excess water off of the towel then lay it over the affected area. You may want to place something on top of the towel that has a little bit of weight to it. This will help to transfer some of the wine until we can get there.* Please note that what ever towel you use will also become stained from this wine so use one you dont mind getting messed up.
4.) Relax: Leave the rest to us and see the results
We hope that these tips were helpful. If you have any other questions please feel free to give out office a call 1855-Thuroclean or 843-903-6895 (local).
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