We all know how hard it can be to clean your carpet after a busy season. If you enjoy activities such as arts and crafts or have small children, chances are that your carpet might get messy sometimes. Even worse, accidents might happen that leave a sticky substance stuck in your carpet. Though it can be hard to clean sticky messes without professional help, the R&S cleaning-experts have some helpful tips to share that can help you “unstick” your carpet!  

Cleaning Tape Residue Out of Carpet   

First things first, with sticky messes, it is crucial that you act quickly not to let any residue absorb into the carpet. Find a product that contains ethanol alcohol, as those can be more efficient in removing stains, and dilute it with water. Dip a washcloth over the solution and gently rub it over the carpet stain. In another bucket, mix mild soap and water to be applied on the stain with a washcloth. After letting it sit for 10-15 minutes, gently scrub/scrape the carpet to help remove the adhesive and the cleaning product.  

 Cleaning Glue Out of Carpet  

The most important thing to remember when cleaning glue out of carpet is that you must act quickly. Start by taking a butter knife to try and carefully scrape the substance off the carpet. Then, try to remove the remaining glue using a soft damp cloth to blot the rest out of the carpet.  

To remove dried glue crust from carpet and rugs: 

  1. Start by soaking a white, lint-free cloth in warm soapy water. 
  2. Remove excess moisture from the cloth, then press the cloth onto the problem area. 
  3. Let the damp cloth sit on the affected area for 30 minutes, then check to see if the glue has softened and gently scrape it away with a plastic scraper or edge of a butter knife.  

Cleaning Mild Chocolate Messes   

Immediately after the accident has happened and a chocolate mess is in your carpet, start using paper towels to absorb the substance. After using paper towels to absorb as much liquid as possible for something specifically like chocolate milk, you can apply salt to the area to dry out the carpet and keep it from spreading. Let it sit there for 20 minutes, then vacuum the area and remove the salt.   

To clean chocolate bar substance that has gotten stuck in the carpet, start by gently scraping up as much as possible with a butter knife, then vacuum to remove as many flakes as possible. Once you have carefully removed as much of the chocolate as possible, use your trusted household carpet stain remover to blot the chocolate stain. Finally, remove those last remnants of the chocolate by gently blotting the spot, starting from the outside to the center of the spot using a mixture of two parts cold water and one-part dish soap until the stain lifts.    

Cleaning Out Candy and Gum    

If you have kids, you might find some candy stuck in your carpet at some point. Luckily, there are some easy ways to remove candy stains out of your carpet. First, place two or three ice cubes inside a plastic bag and apply the bag right on top of the gum. This will make the gum harder and way easier to remove. Once again, using a butter knife, gently and patiently thoroughly scrape up the gum. Then use a damp cloth to blot the stain with a warm diluted soup solution. When you are done with the sticky mess, vacuum the area to ensure no particles are left!  

If you need professional help on cleaning sticky messes out of your carpet, contact R&S today, and we have your carpet feeling like new once again! 970.945.7591