How to Fix (And Prevent) Sticky Carpets

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If you have kids, you have goo. Play toys such as clay, Play-Doh, slime and paint are just a few examples of the types of substances that lead to sticky carpets. These items may cling to your carpet if you’ve got children (or even if kids visit your space). And now that summer has officially arrived, stains are more likely than ever! 

Kids & Sticky Carpets

kids and sticky carpets

As a homeowner or business owner, maintaining clean and fresh-smelling carpets is crucial for creating a welcoming and healthy environment. Carpets act as giant filters, trapping dirt, dust, and other pollutants that can accumulate over time. Neglecting regular carpet cleaning leads to harmful contaminants. These can trigger allergies, respiratory issues, and an overall unpleasant living or working space.

Tenacious stains not only mar the appearance of your flooring. They can also harbor odors and attract more dirt, worsening the problem. Thus, proper carpet cleaning techniques and the right tools are essential for tackling these tough messes and restoring the pristine condition of your carpets.

Common Types of Stubborn Goo on Carpets

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Stubborn goo can come in various forms, each presenting its own unique challenges when it comes to carpet cleaning:

Chewing Gum

Stepped-on chewing gum can quickly become embedded in the carpet fibers. These stains make it difficult to remove without damaging the surrounding area.

Adhesives and Glues

glue on sticky carpets

Craft projects, home repairs, or accidental spills can result in sticky adhesives or glues becoming stuck in the carpet fibers.

Melted Candy or Chocolate

The sugary residue from melted candy or chocolate can create a sticky mess that attracts dirt and grime, leading to discoloration and odors and sticky carpets.

Carpet Cleaning Methods and Tools for Sticky Carpets


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For chewing gum or wax stains, freezing the affected area with ice cubes or a freezing spray can help harden the goo, making it easier to scrape or chip off.

Heat Application

Applying heat, either with a hot iron (covered with a clean cloth) or a specialized carpet iron, can help soften and loosen stubborn goo, allowing for easier removal.

Solvent-Based Cleaners

Certain solvent-based cleaners, such as citrus-based degreasers or mineral spirits, can help dissolve and break down stubborn goo and adhesives. However, use these products with caution and follow safety precautions. In most cases, we suggest you place a wet paper towel over the stain and immediately give us a call. 

Enzymatic Cleaners

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For organic stains like melted candy or chocolate, enzymatic cleaners can help break down the sugars and oils, making them easier to remove from the carpet fibers.

Scraping Tools

Plastic putty knives, dull butter knives, or specialized carpet rakes can be used to gently scrape off hardened goo or wax from the carpet surface.

Some methods may work better than others depending on the type of goo and the carpet material. Always test cleaning solutions on an inconspicuous area first to ensure they won’t discolor or damage your carpets.

Carpet Protectant

water based, solvent-free, VOC-free sticky carpets

We are excited to introduce our latest service — carpet protectant! After a thorough cleaning, we apply this innovative product to your carpets. It acts as an invisible shield against spills and stains. Imagine your carpet fibers being wrapped in an invisible barrier that repels liquids and dirt, keeping your floors looking fresh and clean for much longer. This protectant works by preventing spills from seeping into the fibers, giving you extra time to blot them up before they cause any permanent damage. This product can extend the life of carpets, keeping them in “like-new” condition and saving customers from costly replacements. 

The benefits of professional carpet cleaning services in Meridian, Idaho

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While DIY carpet cleaning can be effective for minor spills and stains, sometimes the expertise and specialized equipment of professional carpet cleaning services in Meridian, Idaho, are necessary, especially when dealing with stubborn goo or heavily soiled carpets. Removing stubborn goo from carpets can be a challenging task, but with the right techniques, tools, and professional assistance, it is possible to restore the pristine condition of your flooring. By understanding the different types of goo and their respective cleaning methods, you can tackle even the most tenacious stains effectively.

About Kung Fu Carpet Cleaning in Meridian, Idaho

Kung Fu Carpets and Cleaning

From red wine to puppy accidents, stains come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. And this applies not only to carpet but also to upholstery. No matter how hard you scrub, those tough spots never seem to budge. Instead of relying on do-it-yourself methods, hire our IICRC certified carpet cleaning techs. A veteran-owned and operated company, Kung Fu Carpets and Cleaning Co. offers carpet cleaning services in the Meridian, Boise, and the rest of the Treasure Valley area. We specialize in carpet and upholstery cleaning, pet stain and odor removal, and emergency flood water extraction. And we apply a protectant to every carpet we clean. So, if you call us, you’ll never have to worry about those pesky stains again.

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