If you have small kids, there is a good chance one of their favorite foods is applesauce. Applesauce is a great kid-friendly food, but when it lands where it is not supposed to and hardens, it can be a really big mess to clean up. Follow the steps below to get that applesauce your kids dropped off your carpet.
#1 Scoop Up What You Can
The first thing that you need to do is scoop up what you can with a spoon. This works best if the applesauce is still wet. Do not push the spoon into the carpet; you want to scoop it up just like you were scooping it out of a bowl. You do not want to push the applesauce further into the carpet, so just remove what you can.
#2 Create A Soapy Water Solution
Second, you want to create a soapy water solution to use to remove the applesauce from your carpet. Just mix some water with some dish soap; it doesn't have to be anything fancy. You just need soap to break up the applesauce. Apply this solution to the applesauce stain.
#3 Blot Away
Third, use a towel to blot away at the stain and the soapy water solution. Hopefully, the soapy water will break up the applesauce and make it easier to remove. Use a fresh area of the towel every time you blot at the carpet so that you don't transfer applesauce that you removed back onto the carpet.
#4 Use Ammonia If The Stain Remains
If the stain is still there after you have completed steps one through three, try using ammonia. Just be aware that ammonia has a strong smell, so make sure that the area is well ventilated. Dap a small amount of ammonia onto the stain, and then blot the area with a fresh towel to pull up the applesauce and the ammonia. Then, rinse the carpet with some warm water and blot the area until it just moist.
#5 Air Dry & Vacuum
Allow the spot to air dry. Then, go over the spot with your vacuum cleaner. This will pick up and remove any applesauce particles that got left behind. It will also loosen and freshen up the carpet fibers after all the work they have been put through.
Your best shot at getting the applesauce out is if you spot the stain right when it occurs; however, even if the stain has set in, you should be able to get it out by following the steps above. For more tips or to have severe stains treated, contact a company like Atlantic Carpet Care.