Candy Cleanup

It has already started.  Aisles in your local supermarket are fully stocked with candy and decorations for your home.  With the approaching holiday season, your home will soon become a hub of deliciousness, leaving you susceptible to many gooey surprises at any time.  Anything can happen during the creation of your holiday recipes….or the consumption of them. Below are just a few tips to help get rid of some of the more difficult stains that may pop up in your home.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter….something so smooth and delectable that you completely forget how nutritious it is – or how messy. Plenty of candies and recipes accompanied with the holiday season include peanut butter.  Getting it out of your laundry or carpet can be a pain.  Follow these steps to make the peanut butter removal process as smooth as the product itself.

How to Remove Peanut Butter Stains From:

Acetate, Carpet (synthetic or wool), Rayon, Silk, Triacetate, Wool

Scrape (the method of using a dull tool to gently lift off excess solid or caked-on stains) any excess spill with a dull knife or spatula. Sponge (the method of using a dampened pad to apply light strokes, moving outward from the center of the stain) the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent such as Afta Cleaning Fluid. Apply a dry spotter. Cover the stain with an absorbent pad dampened with dry spotter. Let it remain in place as long as any stain is being lifted. Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Keep both the pad and stain moist with dry spotter. Flush (the method of applying stain remover to loosen staining material and residue from stain removers) with the dry-cleaning solvent and allow to dry. If stain persists, sponge the area with water and apply a wet spotter and a few drops of white vinegar. Cover the stain with an absorbent pad moistened with wet spotter. Let it stand as long as any stain is being removed. Change the pad as it picks up the stain. Keep the stain and pad moist with wet spotter and vinegar. Flush the area with water and repeat until no more stain is removed. Allow to dry.

How to Remove Peanut Butter Stains From:

Acrylic Fabric, Cotton, Linen, Modacrylic, Olefin, Polyester, Spandex

Scrape to remove excess. Sponge the area with a dry-cleaning solvent, K2r Spot Lifter or Afta Cleaning Fluid. Apply a dry spotter. Cover the stain with an absorbent pad dampened with the dry spotter. Let it remain in place as long as any stain is being removed. Change the pad as it picks up the stain. To help loosen the stain, tamp (the method of bringing a brush down with light strokes on stained durable fabrics and materials) and blot the area. Flush with one of the liquid dry-cleaning solvents. To remove a persistent stain, sponge with water, apply a wet spotter, and tamp occasionally. Blot up any loosened material with an absorbent pad. Flush the area with water and repeat until no more stain is removed. Allow to dry.


Some moms discourage gum chewing until kids are teenagers, and with good reason – it’s a pain to remove from fabrics.  If you don’t get to the spot quickly enough, not only can it really stick, but someone else can walk over it dragging the gum across the room and grinding it in deeper. So, what does one do in this situation?

You’ve probably heard that peanut butter is a wonder when it comes to removing gum from hair. Well, it’s just as wonderful for removing gum from the carpet. Leary about using peanut butter after reading about the removal process? No worries. Just take a spoonful of peanut butter and massage it into the gum. Wait a few minutes and scrape away. Of course, now you’ll have to contend with peanut butter removal, but in the general scheme of things, it’s preferable and easier to remove peanut butter from the carpet than gum. If you let the peanut butter dry for a little while, it should be easy to vacuum, or you can sponge it off with a cloth or rag. If staining does occur, blot it with a little mild dish washing detergent or some vinegar. Dab with a damp cloth or sponge to rinse.

Still not too fond of the peanut butter method? You can always try an ice cube. You can either place the ice cube directly onto the gum, or if that’s too messy, place it in a Ziplock bag. The coldness of the ice cube will cause the gum to harden. Once this happens you should be able scrape it right off the carpet with the help of a butter knife.

WD-40 also works well to remove gum. Spray it onto the gum spot and smoosh it around a little bit. Let it sit for fifteen or twenty minutes and then remove. The gum will slide right off the carpet! It may take two applications, but the gum should come right out. Lighter fluid is also something you can use, which you wouldn’t expect. This is not recommended around fireplaces or where people are smoking (or anywhere else it might be exposed to heat or flames.) With these latter two methods, you’ll probably want to test a hidden area of your carpet first to be sure no damage will be incurred. After the gum is removed, clen out any residue or leftover product with a damp cloth.

Melted Candy

If you have a sticky piece of candy stuck to your carpet, you’ll need to scrape off any excess with something like a butter knife. Scrape off as much of the sticky candy off the carpet as you can. Once you’re done carefully scraping off as much of the candy as you can, continue the cleaning procedure by blotting the area with a wet paper towel. Next, you will need to use a clean cloth dipped in distilled white vinegar. The vinegar will help in dissolving the remainder of the sticky candy residue.

At this point, the candy should be removed from the carpet. You should then flush the newly cleaned patch of carpet with water, and just allow the area to dry at its own pace. Remember that store-bought house-cleaners can also help get off sticky candy stains.

Being careful with sticky foods is easier said than done. We at Markatos Services understand that and will do everything in our power to remove those troublesome spots while in your home. We use products that are seen in your general stores to cut through sticky spots or even tough grease stains throughout your home. The tips offered above are to help you keep your home at its cleanest in between visits.


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