Cleaning up food spills and accidents is a part of life, but some stains are more difficult to remove than others. Have you ever experienced jello stains on the carpet? These pesky spots can be hard to get rid of, but there are some ways you can use them to get your carpet looking new again. Read on for a few tips on how to remove jello stains from your carpets.
Tools you need
- Paper towels
- Corn starch
- Laundry detergent
- Sponge or cleaning brush
- Vacuum cleaner
Step by Step guide on how to get rid of jello stains on your carpet
Scrape up excess jelly with a butter knife
The first step to getting rid of jello stains is to scrape up the excess jelly with a butter knife. You’ll want to be careful when scraping, as you don’t want to damage your carpet fibers or make any holes in it.
Decide how to treat the stain
The first step is to decide how to treat the stain. There are two ways you can go about this: a dry treatment or a wet treatment.
Dry-treating the stain will require some elbow grease, but it will work best on older stains that haven’t had a chance to set in. Wet-treating the stain is easier, but it requires more time for drying and you might need more than one cleaning solution.
Spray some water on the stain
Start by spraying some water on the stain. This will help remove any jello that’s stuck to the carpet fibers. Next, blot the wet area with a dry towel to soak up as much of the liquid as possible.
Prepare the cleaning solution
– Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with 2 gallons of warm water.
– You can also add baking soda for extra scrubbing power.
– Mix until the baking soda is well dissolved.
Test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous spot
If you want to make sure that you’re using a safe and effective cleaning solution, it’s important to test it out in an inconspicuous place first. This way, you won’t risk ruining your carpet by using a product that is too harsh.
Apply the cleaning solution to the stain
Start by applying the cleaning solution to the stain. Let it sit for about a minute and then use a clean cloth to gently scrub the area in circular motions.
Massage the cloth with a spoonful of dish soap
The first step is to remove any excess jello from the carpet. Use a spoonful of dish soap to massage the cloth and the stain until all the jello has been removed. You can use your fingers or a soft-bristled toothbrush to work out the residue.
Blot the stain and apply more cleaning solution
Blot the stain with a dry towel to soak up as much of the jello as possible. Some people might think that this is enough, but try adding more cleaning solution on top and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Make an alkaline solution if the stain persists
If the jello has had time to dry, it will be more difficult to remove. Mix a solution of water and ammonia. Dip a sponge in the solution, wring it out, and firmly scrub the stain. Rinse with cool water. Repeat if necessary.
Rinse the stain with water
It’s important to remove as much of the jello from your carpet as possible. Begin by rinsing the stain with water, wiping it up, and then repeating until no more jello is coming out. Use a paper towel to soak up any excess liquid.
Other matters need attention when cleaning the jello stains
Carpets are fragile and should be cleaned with care. It is not recommended that you use a vacuum cleaner when trying to clean jello off your carpet. Vacuum cleaners will only push the jello down into the fibers of your carpet.
You should try to clean up as much of the spill as possible before using a vacuum cleaner. If you must use a vacuum cleaner, make sure it has a beater bar attachment so it won’t drag on your carpet.