Ice cream is a mixture of milk, sugar, and cream, and is often flavoured with cocoa or vanilla, and with fruit such as peaches or strawberries. Whether this frozen dessert is melting into your carpet or has become an old ice cream stain there are some simple remedies to remove it. Look at how to get ice cream out of your carpet here…
How to clean ice cream out of your carpet
Ice cream stain removal needs the following equipment:
- – Vacuum cleaner
- – Spoon or blunt knife
- – Clean white cloths or paper towels
- – An old toothbrush
Cleaning agents needed:
- – Water
- – Washing up liquid
- – Ammonia
- – Borax
- – White vinegar
- – Foam shaving cream
Cleaning a fresh spill
Mix one tablespoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of cool water and use a clean white cloth to dab the stain with the solution. Blot until all the liquid has been absorbed, repeating these steps until the stain disappears. Remember that hot water can cause the ice cream to set.
Apply white vinegar to the stained area without soaking the carpet. As the main ingredient of this product is diluted acetic acid it makes it an excellent absorbent for carpet stains.
Leave the spray to sit for around five minutes and then rinse the carpet carefully blotting up any excess liquid with paper towels or clean cloths. When the carpet is completely dry vacuum to refresh the carpet pile.
If the above methods haven’t been successful you can apply an ammonia mix of ½ teaspoon to one cup of water. Blot the carpet pile without rubbing as this will only spread the stain. Rinse by applying warm water without soaking and blot up excess liquid with clean cloths or paper towels. Rinsing removes residues and helps with returning your carpet to a neutral pH.
Removing old ice cream stains
Use a spoon to scrape off any excess gently before vacuuming the area. Mix ½ teaspoon of borax into a cup of water and sponge the solution into the stain starting at the edge and working inwards. Try not to saturate the carpet as this can lead to mould and mildew problems if you don’t dry it thoroughly.
Apply a dollop of shaving cream into the stained area and with the old toothbrush rub carefully rub into the carpet fibres. Sponge the area once more and then pat dry with a clean cloth or paper towels.
If the stain still remains you can use ½ teaspoon of ammonia mixed into one cup of water and carefully apply the solution to the stain. Carefully rinse and thoroughly dry. Bear in mind that ammonia may fade the colour of your carpet so you need to patch test on a hidden area, and ammonia isn’t advisable for use on wool carpets.
Ice cream stains are mainly made of proteins so you need to avoid hot water as this can set the stain.
Blot the stained area rather than rubbing as this can spread the stain deeper into the carpet fibres.
Don’t saturate the carpet as this can cause future problems with mould and odours.
A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is ideal for stain removal but leaving the area to dry thoroughly means you can use your vacuum cleaner following the removal procedure.
Towels should be clean and colourfast to prevent additional staining.
Remember that ammonia has a bleaching affect and isn’t suitable for all carpet types.
Many stains will need multiple attempts to remove them using the same procedures.
Need a carpet cleaning specialist?
Stain removal is just one of the services provided by carpet cleaning professionals. Pre-spraying of stains with the appropriate stain removal product will ensure that your carpet is stain-free before the carpet cleaning process begins.
To deep clean your carpets a hot water extraction method will be used. This is a combination of extremely hot water and cleaning agents that eliminate microscopic organisms like bacteria, mites, and germs and also dissolve dirt and grime and get rid of any unpleasant smells.
Selected cleaning products are not only very effective but are also child and pet-friendly. Your ice cream stain will soon be gone and your carpet will be looking fresh and smell like new!