How to Clean the 5 Most Common Kids' Messes
If you have kids, then you know that while they are bundles of joy, they can also act as unstoppable mess machines. Having kids means spilled food, crayoned walls, and dirt messes all around your home. While you love every second of it, your house can get really messy if it's not consistently tended to.
In light of those adorable little mess makers, we offer you the top 5 messes kids messes we notice in our customer’s carpets and how to get rid of them.
Bubble Gum Messes
Bubble gum is a common kid stain that we see all the time when we clean our customers’ carpets. Kids will enjoy and chew on a nice piece of gum till the sweetness is gone, then they tend to stick it anywhere in the house that is not the garbage can. A very troubling place they tend to put it is in your carpets. Removing gum stains can be quite the hassle as bits and pieces still remain after your attempts to clean it and it leaves a very noticeable sticky spot.
How to get bubble gum out of carpet
- Place a few handfuls of ice in a zip lock bag.
- Put the bag of ice directly on to the gum stain till the stain hardens.
- Fully scrape the gum from the carpet using a scraping tool.
- Sponge the gum stain with the help of a cleaning fluid.
- Cover the gum stain with a clean white towel or rag to soak up any remaining liquid and continue to pat down the stain till it dries.
Glue is a common item we see on carpets during holiday times. We notice glue as a common mess around this time because kids tend to do some sort of arts and crafts. The end product your child makes can be beautiful and very meaningful. But, it does not mean it they will not leave a mess, especially if your child enjoys working on the floor.
The trick with removing glue stains is to tackle them before they harden. So, if you are able to discover the glue stain early you will just need to dab it with a paper towel, to get the glue stain to stick to another surface.
However, if your glue stain were to harden on your carpet then you will need to scrap it off the carpet. Hardened glue stains can be quite difficult to remove, if you cannot remove the glue stain via scraping then it may be time to call a professional cleaner to help you get rid of it.
Chocolate and Candy Messes
Kids love sweets, this is not news this is what all parents know. When kids get their hands on some sweets, they can easily move that candy to other parts of the house. Chocolate gets on their hands, melted sugar starts getting into different parts of your carpet and before you know it, there is a huge mess in the house again.
Chocolate needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. You do not want the chocolate to melt on your carpet and start becoming an attractor for bugs like ants.
Gather all of these items:
- A butter knife
- Spot remover
- Paper Towels
- Clothing Iron
- If the chocolate or candy has tried, scrape it off with the butter knife.
- Vacuum over the stain after scraping to remove leftover flakes
- Cover the affected area with a couple of paper towel.
- Set your clothing iron to the lowest, non-steam setting possible. Move the iron over the paper towels slowly. This should help the chocolate start to stick to the paper towels. (Keep the temperature steady on the iron.)
- Repeat the steps if necessary.
Spilled soda can really be a problem as the mess can cover a large area depending on the spill. If left to sit in your carpet the stain will become sticky and very hard to clean. The worst incidents we have seen when cleaning this specific type of mess is at a child’s party and many children begin to spill their sodas. This distributes a sticky mess all around the home and it will take time to remove.
If you see a soda spill, immediately tend to the mess to avoid a bigger hassle later.
- Blot the spilled soda, as much as possible.
- Create a custom cleaning solution – here is ours:
- One tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent
- One tablespoon of white vinegar
- Two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the cleaning solution until the stain disappears. Then sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Vomit is unfortunate, but we would be lying if we said it was not a common mess we encounter. Vomit can happen at any time, so it's best to be prepared! How we tackle vomit is similar to how to tackle any other stain, we tend to it right away.
- Scrape off excess vomit
- Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
- Vacuum the leftover stain.
- Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.
- Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
- Refer to the solution we created for the soda mess if the stain is remains
- Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the cleaning solution.
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