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Common Toddler & Children Crafts Carpet Stains in Southington, CT; Removing Dried Playdough Modeling Clay, Washable Finger Paint, Crayon Marks & More

April 1, 2017

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Keeping the children busy with crafts is a sure way to help prevent boredom and destruction, or fuel it. Though these activities can be a fun use of time and help the child’s creativity and imagination grow; they can also cause problems for your carpet. Today, we at AmeriBest Carpet Cleaning would like to relate a few tips on removing some of the more common stains that besmirch your carpet during the crafting your child executes.

How to Remove Dried Playdough Modeling Clay from Carpet

1) Pick up the chunks of the playdough, and vacuum the remnants.
2) If the playdough has dried into the carpet and refuses to budge from the carpet, soften it up by dampening a clean cloth with warm water, and place over the playdough for approximately 1 hour, or until the playdough has loosened and become pliable for removal.
3) After the playdough is loose, use a moderately firm bristled brush and work the playdough particles out of the fibers. Avoid damaging the carpet in the process by using control and caution.
4) Simply gab the usable existing play dough and use it to blot up any lingering playdough particles. Playdough generally sticks to itself. You can do this until it has been lifted away.
5) Finalize the playdough removal with the last vacuum to ensure efficient removal.

How to Get Washable Finger Paint Stains from Carpet

1) This stain, like the majority of stains, is far easier to remove when dealt with immediately. With plain white paper towels, gently blot up all of the excess liquid. If there are volumes of paint, gently spoon up the surface layers before blotting.
2) Dry paint will need to be gently scraped up with a dull edge, like a metal spatula or un-serrated butter knife. Vacuum the remaining remnants after the large fragments have been discarded.
3) Combine 1/2 tsp of dishwashing soap or fine fabric detergent with 1 cup of warm water (do not use hot) in a spray bottle, or bucket, mix well.
4) Do not over saturate the stain with the mixture, use just enough to cover the spot, if needed repeat the steps. Too much moisture can ruin the carpet pad and backing. With a clean, dry cloth sponge the solution onto the stain; blot and pat to lift the stain up. Rubbing and scrubbing should be avoided as it only spreads the paint out wider and deeper. Spray the stain and blot and repeat until stain has been lifted, but always blot in between applications adequately to contain the volume of moisture.
5) Cover the area with a dry, clean cloth or towel and for extra thoroughness, place a weight on top to absorb remaining stain, moisture, and formula residues.
6) Once satisfied with the result, rinse well with clear, cool water. Apply a terry cloth or towel and blot well until all access moisture has been removed.
7) In the event the area should evolve into a brownish spot after drying, mix 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water in spray bottle, apply, blot, and dry.

How to Remove Crayon Marks from Carpet

1) All crayon debris needs to be picked up and discarded.
2) Gently scrape off the surface layer with blunt edge.
3) Vacuum any particles, and with a barely damp cloth blot the remaining residue.
4) Apply rubbing alcohol to a cotton ball or white, clean cloth and pre- treat the dye left behind.
5) Combine 1 quart of water with 1/2 tsp dish soap, dampen a cloth with the solution, and blot up the stain.
6) Repeat until repeat until stain has vanished.
7) If stain persists, apply 3% hydrogen peroxide and watch it until the stain dissolves, immediately remove once stain is lifted with a clean, damp cloth. (Perform a patch test in an inconspicuous spot to ensure the composition of your carpet as peroxide lightens carpet.)
8) Blot dry.

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If you have stubborn stains that refuse to budge, call in the specialists of Ameri-Best Carpet Cleaning and let our experts successfully extract the stains blemishing your carpet.

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