Crafting can be a pleasant activity for kids and adults alike – for some, it may be a meaningful hobby or even a career. Unfortunately for those with ornate carpeting, it can also be extremely messy, especially when little ones are involved.
Next time a glob of glue or dash of paint hits the floor, do not panic – there are some easy ways to remove crafting supplies from your favorite carpet or rug.
Sparkly glitter is a popular crafting and decorating material. However, when even a small amount ends up on the carpet, it can be a nuisance to get rid of entirely. Glitter is easily embedded into fabrics, which is why even after several passes with a vacuum, you still see shiny flakes on the floor.
It turns out, vacuum cleaners alone often do not get the job done. If it is a large spill, you can start by vacuuming the area with the hose attachment. After the loose pieces are removed, you can pull up the embedded fragments using these tools:
- A damp paper towel
- Your palm wrapped in masking tape
- A lint roller
Glue is trickier, simply because it dries quickly. Act fast if you notice a glue spot on your carpet. The sooner you treat it the more likely you are to get most of it out.
For a wet stain, you can use a butter knife or strong piece of cardboard to scrape away the excess glue before you blot the area with a damp, clean towel.
If the glue has dried, do not panic – there is a good chance it can still be removed using one of these methods:
- Dampen a clean cloth with hot water and firmly press it on the stain until the glue softens and then blot with a dry towel.
- Place a dry rag over the stain and run a hot iron over it. This should liquefy the glue so it can be successfully absorbed.
Dried Rubber Cement
Dried rubber cement may seem like it is stuck on your favorite rug for good, but it can often be removed in just a few easy steps:
- Start by sponging the stain with a small amount of dry cleaning solvent, which can be purchased from most home improvement stores.
- Mix one tablespoon of gentle dish detergent with eight ounces of warm water. Firmly blot the stain again using this mixture.
- Rinse the stain by blotting with a clean sponge and water.
Just remember to never scrub – this can cause the stain to become more embedded in the carpet.
Cleaning Play-Doh and similar molding compounds from carpet is a bit different than other crafting supplies. In fact, the manufacturer recommends not using warm water or strong cleaning detergents. Instead, allow the product to dry completely, then loosen it with a stiff brush. Afterward, you may need to vacuum up the loosened fragments and clean the area with cold water and a gentle soap.
Whether for crafts or home improvement, paint blemishes are common occurrences. For spills that are still wet, start by collecting excess paint using a piece of cardboard or thin plastic. Then, apply a mixture of gentle dish detergent and warm water and blot the stain until it is absorbed. After it is gone, use a dry rag to soak up remaining moisture.
For dried spills, start by soaking the paint in a mixture of hot water and a strong solvent, such as vinegar, acetone or WD-40, for about 20 minutes. After it softens, scrape away with a knife or similar hard, thin tool. Continue adding your solution as you scrape and blot the area often to remove dissolved or liquefied paint. Blot the area dry after the stain is removed.
For Stubborn Stains, Call the Professionals
Try as you might, some stains just will not budge. In those instances, do not hesitate to reach out to professionals, such as the team at Great American Rug Cleaning. Our experienced technicians have been serving the Houston area since 1993. To receive your free rug cleaning quote, call (281) 255-2407 or contact us online at www.greatamericanrugcleaningcompany.com.