Do you love caramel? I also do, and so do most people around the world. In fact, caramel is a popular food topping, but in as much, as you might love to have it satisfy your sweet craving, you do not want to have it on your carpets.
But what happens when some of this topping spills on your carpet? You should not freak out. Caramel stains are easy to clean and remove from your carpet, and here are the steps and tips to remove caramel from your carpet.
Steps to get rid of caramel on your carpet
Removing caramel from a carpet can seem daunting, but with the right techniques, it can be easy. Here are a few tips to help get the caramel out:
To ensure that you are well prepared for the task, start by gathering these supplies;
- Butter knife or spoon
- Ice cubes
- Clean rug
- Stain remover paste
- Soft-bristled brush
- Steam Cleaner
Step 1: Remove as much solid as possible
Once the caramel spills on the caret, I would recommend that you leave it to harden. To fasten the process, you can use some ice cubes on it. When hard, start by scraping off as much of the caramel as possible with a blunt object like a spoon or butter knife. Be careful not to damage the carpet fibers in the process.
Step 2: Flush the stained area or soak it in lukewarm water
After removing much of the solid, it’s time to blot the area using a damp piece of cloth. To do so, pick a clean rag and rinse it in lukewarm water. Place the rag on the stained section and rub it gently in a circular motion. While doing this, do not wipe or rub the stain to avoid pushing the caramel deeper into the fibers.
If the caramel is difficult to get rid of, hold the stained section under running water with the backside of the fabric facing the running water. This will help the caramel to become softer so that you can rub it using a clean rug.
Step 3: Apply a stain remover paste
Since you do not want to leave a stain on the carpet, I would recommend that you treat your carpet using a stain remover. So, apply the stain remover on the carpet when it is still wet. Use your fingers or a soft-bristled brush to mix the paste with the carpet fibers and leave it to lie there for at least 15 minutes.
On this note, work with a stain remover that has adequate enzymes to break down the oily components of the stain for fast removal. Not only that, but choose a stain remover that doesn’t leave residue on the carpet for the effectiveness of the product.
Step 4: Clean the stain remover paste
Now, it’s time to clean the stain remover paste. To do so, you will need a clean white rag close by to help you rub out the paste. While doing so, note that the stain will be loose, which means that it is more likely to spread over the carpet. So, be careful while rubbing the paste from the carpet to avoid spreading the stain.
Step 5: Wash the carpet and dry it as recommended
Once you are done removing the stain remover paste, you will notice that much or all of the stain will be gone. So, get your steam cleaner and plug it in. Run it thoroughly over the previously stained section or the whole carpet. By this point, I trust that your carpet will be looking as good as new.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What can you use as a substitution if you don’t have a stain remover paste?
I would recommend vinegar.
To use it, mix some white vinegar with water and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution over the stained section and you will notice that within some time, most of the stain will be gone. Rinse a white towel in warm water and use it to rub out the caramel from the carpet.
If there are stubborn stains on the carpet, mix an equal amount of vinegar and baking soda to form a paste. Rub the paste over the stubborn stain and leave it to sit for 15 minutes. Wipe out the paste using a clean towel and I believe that most of the stain will be gone.
2. If you adopt some strong solutions or detergent, such as borax, what will you notice?
If you must use a detergent when getting the caramel of your carpet, be cautious and avoid using a detergent with a bleaching agent. If you use strong solutions on your carpet, there will be color reactions that will end up making the stain worse.
3. What if the caramel has dried? What should you do first?
At this point, start by scraping off the caramel using a blunt object such as a spoon, blunt knife, or credit card to remove much of the solid. After that, you can bloat the area with a rag dipped in water to soften the dry caramel for easy cleaning.
4. Are there other matters that need attention when cleaning the caramel?
Yes. You must be very cautious when choosing the cleaning agents to use when cleaning the caramel from your carpet. Hence, ensure that you use a stain remover that will not leave residue on the carpet. Besides that, avoid solutions with bleaching agents to avoid discoloring the fibers. At the same time avoid solutions that could end up hardening the fibers.
And that’s it! With these simple steps, you can easily remove caramel stains from your carpet. So, the next time you’re tempted to indulge in a sweet caramel treat and some of it falls on your carpet, be sure to follow these steps to keep your carpets clean and stain-free.