Flooring Tips & Tricks
How to Remove Ice Cream Stains from Carpet Quickly & Easily
Ice cream can be a perfect complement to any meal, until it drizzles down your shirt and onto your carpeting. Even though ice cream may seem like a harmless stain, because it is protein based, it can be one of the most difficult dry stains to remove.
- DIFFICULTY: Easy
- TIME REQUIRED: Up to 1 hour with soaking time
- HERE'S HOW: Treat ice cream stains as soon as possible for the best results. Make sure you use cold water for 5-10 minutes or longer if the stain is dried. Avoid hot water which will set a protein stain. Then, perform the following steps for the ice cream removal:
- SCRAPE OR BLOT up excess spill
- Remove as much of the stain as possible using a spoon or dull knife
- APPLY a detergent solution via a damp towel
- If you can still see any remains of the stain, rub detergent into the stained area and soak in room temperature water for 1/2 an hour
- BLOT don't rub
- Blot the stain gently every 3-5 minutes
- APPLY white vinegar (undiluted) using a damp towel
- Plain white vinegar is an amazing natural cleanser and as a natural deodorizing agent, it will also refresh carpets by removing stale odors
- BLOT (AGAIN) don't rub
- APPLY water with a damp sponge
- BLOT to finish with a weighted pad of paper towels.
Repeat the above soaking and stain remover steps until no ice cream is left in the carpet.
Note: Do not dry the ice cream stain until you are absolutely sure that the stained area is fully gone. It's better to allow the carpeting to air dry than to use a hair blow dryer on it. If the stained area still has a slight yellowish or brownish tinge, repeat the stain removal steps as many times as needed.
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