If your little one spills something on your carpet, do not panic. You can take some steps to reduce the damage while waiting for our carpet cleaning crew to arrive. It is possible to clean just about anything from a carpet, even peanut butter, grape juice, urine, vomit and beyond.
The truth is that it is a matter of when your children spill on the carpet, not if they spill. Here is a look at what to do when your child makes this unfortunate mistake.
Understand You can Only do so Much
The cleaning approaches outlined below are merely temporary solutions. Each carpet spill requires the attention of our carpet cleaning professionals. So do not assume applying a carpet cleaning agent containing something like white vinegar or coconut oil will suffice. Think of the approaches below as bridges to a more permanent solution from our team.
Removing Chewing Gum From the Carpet
If you let your kids chew gum, it will eventually end up on the carpet. Spot the chewing gum early enough and it might be possible to remove it. Even if the gum is trodden down on deep into the carpet after a day or two of foot traffic, you can rely on our carpet cleaning crew to handle the problem.
Here is a look at what you can do in the meantime. Put some ice cubes in a plastic bag. Seal the bag and place it on the gum. Let the ice rest for half an hour. This will cause the gum to harden. Once the gum is hard, slide the butter knife between it and the carpet to lift it off.
You should be able to remove a substantial portion of the gum with this technique. It will also help to squeeze some lemon juice onto the leftover gum. Move it around with a soft cloth, lifting the leftover gum particles out of the rug. Clean the entire area with warm water combined with liquid hand wash.
How to Handle Carpet Laden With Baby Urine
Just about everyone who has a baby ends up with urine on the carpet at one point or another. Though you might have upholstery protection, nothing safeguards your carpet. Urine is not guaranteed to stain your carpet yet it will certainly leave a nasty odor you do not want to linger in your living room or anywhere else beyond a few hours at the most. Our carpet cleaning team will eliminate this odor and any stains yet you can do something in the meantime while waiting for us to arrive. Grab some vinegar, water and a towel. Blot the pooled urine with a towel so it does not seep on down into the carpet.
Then mix equal parts vinegar and warm water in a bowl. Sponge this mixture across the carpeted space covered in urine. Blot with a towel to remove the mixture. If the urine has already dried on the carpet, mix in some liquid washing soap to get rid of the remaining urine. Sponge it up with clean water and use a towel to blot dry it to eliminate any soapy residue that remains.
Removing Vomit from Your Carpet
Babies will vomit without any forewarning. If the vomit does not end up landing on you or the baby, it will almost certainly find its way to the carpet. Vomit can be removed from the carpet with white vinegar, baking soda, a liquid hand washing detergent, a sponge, a spoon, a vacuum cleaner and a towel. Scoop up the leftover vomit with the spoon.
People can try to lift the vomit off the carpet rather than pushing it down deeper into the carpet’s fibers. Once the excess is removed, add some baking soda to the carpet and let it rest for 20 minutes. The baking soda soaks up any leftover liquid from the carpet.
Use the vacuum cleaner to suck up the baking soda after 20 minutes. Mix a tablespoon of the liquid hand wash with two cups of warm water and a tablespoon of white vinegar. Use a sponge to apply this mixture over the vomit. Blot with a clean towel, soap the area with water to eliminate residue and dry with a fresh towel.
Eliminating Blood From the Carpet
Kids often end up bloody and bruised and have no idea they are bleeding. Anything from a minor scrape to a deep gash can lead to a blood-laden carpet. If your little one is dripping blood onto your carpet, time is of the essence in order for complete stain removal to occur. The best approach is to apply cold water to the bloodied portion of the carpet and other areas that require upholstery cleaning.
Avoid using warm water as it can lead to the blood setting into the fibers and making the stain that much more difficult to remove. If the blood has hardened, use a toothbrush with soft bristles to eliminate the crusted portions. You can remove blood to a certain extent with your own mixture of a tablespoon of liquid hand washing soap combined with a couple cups of cold water. However, there will still likely be some staining that remains until our professional cleaning crew performs a deep clean.
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