So there’s jelly stain on your carpet and it’s sticking to the fibers, you want it gone and you want it done safely? The method described bellow works for all kinds of jellies if used carefully. Evoke your most patient side, get on your hands and knees and get to work as soon as possible. Don’t let the stain set, acting as soon as possible will prevent further contamination and make the clan up a lot easier.
Since most jelly products contain sweeteners, preservatives and natural dyes from the fruits, the removal technique needs to neutralize the sugars, the additives and the dyes in the jam at the same time. The glucose and fructose in the jelly bind with the stains as soon as they touch them, gripping and saturating natural fibers such as wool and cotton a lot quicker than synthetic ones.
How To Clean The Stain
- Scrap away any of the excess – use a hand cloth to remove semi-solids and deal with solids by breaking them up as much as possible then vacuuming the area. This helps out the process a lot as it removes any future contaminants.
- Do a spot check – do this by applying the cleaning agent you are about to use on a towel then spotting it on a spot on your carpet. Do this before you start applying any cleaning detergents, soaps and so forth. See if there is any colour transfer from the carpet to the towel and check for fiber damage. If you see any changes occurring, immediately rinse the spot with cold water and get a different cleaning solution.
- Apply the cleaning solution on a white towel – dap it on the affected area, don’t rub as it will distort and harm the fibers. Start from the edges in to avoid further contamination of the stain and transfer to other areas of the carpet. While applying gently, dab and blot the area, let the towel sit on the spot for a few minutes. Letting it sit allows for a more thorough reaction between your detergent of choice and the stain.
Regularly check if there is any stain transfer to the cloth. If the stain is no longer transferring use a second solution. Keep in mind that it’s a wise choice to use carpet and stain specific detergents and carpet shampoos, anything with a pH of 7. As pH levels directly correlate to the soapiness of a detergent, anything bellow this level will foam up and leave a residue on the fibers.
After fully extracting the stain with the towel method, its time to rinse the cleaning solution out and remove any residue. Removing detergent residue is important not only to the health of the fibers, but also to the cleanliness of the material. Detergent residue, if left, will attract dirt faster and accumulate far more dust and grime than a rinsed spot. Use a spray bottle filled with lukewarm water to rinse the spot where the stain used to be.
To remove any leftover moisture use a dry towel and apply pressure, let that sit for a while. The capillary action of kitchen paper extracts moisture allowing you to remove not only the residue left over from the detergent, but also neutralize any effects the solutions you are using might have on the fibers.
If the stain persist, call a professional cleaner, they have the equipment and knowledge on proper techniques and can use heavier detergents to fully extract the stain.