How to Get Lollipop Out of Carpet
When dropped on the carpet, a sticky lollipop sticks to the fibers and trying to pull it away can make the problem worse. Since the candy has adhered to the carpet, using force to remove it can do even more damage to the carpet. The trick is to loosen the lollipop's hold and then remove the remaining sugary residue so you can restore the carpet back to its original state -- or something similar.
Fill a spray bottle with water and saturate the carpet and the lollipop to help loosen the stickiness.
Scrape the lollipop loose from the carpet with the edge of a dull knife. Discard the candy.
Combine 1/4 tsp. of liquid dish soap with 1 cup of warm water in a small container. Stir with a spoon to mix.
Tear off three sheets of white paper towel and place them on top of one another. Fold the three sheets in half and then in half again to form a padded square shape.
Dip the square of paper towels into the soapy water to saturate. Squeeze slightly to get rid of excess drips. Press the soapy towels onto the sticky carpet with firm pressure for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. Remove the towel. Allow the spot to rest for approximately 15 minutes.
Press a new square of paper towels to the treated area to remove excess liquid. Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with 2 cups of water together in a small container. Dip a fresh square of white paper towels into the solution.
Blot the area with the vinegar and water soaked cloth. Press the cloth on the stain for approximately 20 seconds. Remove the cloth and wait 20 minutes. Blot the area with a new, dry paper towel square to remove any moisture.
- Always follow up with vinegar after using dish liquid on carpet. Soap left in carpet -- even when dry -- can attract dirt to the area. The vinegar will help remove the soapy residue.
- Always test an inconspicuous area of carpet to ensure that the cleaners you want to use won't cause any discoloration of damage to the fibers.
Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
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