This Halloween, vampires, ghosts, clowns, and zombies might not be the only scary sights you’ll see. Halloween can be a blast as kids dress up in their costumes going door to door filling their bags with goodies from trick-or-treating. However, when the kids come back inside at the end of the night and dump their bag of candy all over the carpet on the living room floor to sort through it, this is where things can get a little scary. From that point on for the next couple of weeks, trick-or-treat candy and chocolate messes can be a common stain found in a household. While sticky candy and dark chocolate stains can be a scary sight, don’t worry, they can be removed when using DSC’s spotters and by following the steps below:
Candy corn, starburst, licorice, taffy and more! These treats can be quite the trick to remove, especially when they are deeply embedded into the carpet fibers.
•To start, you will have to eliminate any of the sticky, caked candy from the carpet. DO NOT try to remove it by pulling hard on the stuck candy because doing so can rip and damage the carpet fibers. Using a scraping tool (such as a bone knife), carefully scrape away the excess candy from the carpet to remove as much as possible.
•Next, apply Sure-Pass, DSC’s all-purpose spotter, to the remaining candy spot and allow to sit for 1 minute. Using a tamping brush or towel, work inward as you agitate the candy spot and work the Sure-Pass into the fibers. This will help soften and dissolve any candy residue that may be left over. You can continue to apply Sure-Pass as necessary and repeat the process. Once there is no more sight of the candy, flush with water, extract or blot dry.
•If you can still see the candy spot, this means that there is a dye in the candy. For complete removal of this dye, apply Press-It, DSC’s dye remover, to this spot.
•Cover the area saturated in Press-It with a white cotton or paper towel and apply steam with a steam iron for 15-20 seconds each pressing. Observe any unwanted color transfer to towel and be sure to keep the spot saturated during transfer, moving to a clean area of towel with each press until the dye is completely removed or transfer stops. Flush the spot with water, extract or blot dry.
Kit-Kat’s, Snickers, Hershey bars; you name it! Chocolate is sweet to eat, but it’s not so sweet when it ends up on your carpet. However, you’ll be able to remove the chocolate when using the correct DSC spotters and a little bit of elbow grease.
• Once the chocolate has dried, you will want to scrape away any excess chocolate from the carpet. You can then vacuum any loose chocolate particles up after doing this.
• Next, saturate the spot with Sure-Pass, DSC’s all-purpose spotter, and it allow it to set for 2 minutes. When the 2 minutes is up, gently agitate with a tamping brush, sponge, or towel.
• Then, apply Surely, DSC’s debrowning agent, to the spot and allow to set 2 minutes. Extract or blot the spot dry.
• If the combination of Sure-Pass and Surely don’t get the job done, this means that there is a dye in the chocolate. If this is so, apply Press-It, DSC’s dye remover, to the spot. Cover with a white cotton or paper towel and apply steam with a steam iron for 15-20 seconds with each pressing. Observe the unwanted color transfer to the towel and be sure to keep the spot saturated during transfers, moving to a clean area of towel after each pressing until dye is completely removed or the transfer stops. When this occurs, flush with water, extract or blot dry.
The fall season, especially Halloween, is one of the most enjoyable times of the year and you don’t want a candy or chocolate stain to ruin your fun. When using DSC’s Sure-Pass, Surely and Press-It, you’ll be able to tackle those sticky candy or chocolate stains that may be the result of Halloween trick-or-treat festivities. If you want to try the products for yourself, give us a call at (231) 777-3012 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a sample.
Wishing you a Happy Halloween from the DSC team! 🎃