How To Get Syrup Out Of Carpet (8 Ways To Do It!)
Pancakes are delicious with maple syrup on them but not so much for carpets. The sticky gooey mess in your rug is unsightly and you need to get rid of it as soon as possible before it soaks in all the way. Whether it is real maple syrup or corn syrup, we have some solutions for you.
Mix 1 tablespoon of mild dish soap with two cups of warm water in a bottle and the syrup with the solution. Allow the solution to soak the syrup for up to 2 minutes and blot it with a rag or towel. You can also mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1 cup of cool water and rub the stain with a cloth.
Because some solutions are not good on certain materials, it is best to test these solutions before using them on your carpet. Test a spot in the back of the closet or some other inconspicuous spot to make sure the solution is safe before using it to clean up the syrup.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Ammonia
- First, put on some gloves and a mask because ammonia is not good for your skin or lungs.
- Using a dull knife or spoon, scrape up as much of the syrup as you can from the carpet.
- Carefully mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of cold water in a spray bottle. Do not use hot water or it will set in the stain.
- Spray enough of the mix on the spot to saturate it. The syrup has to be completely diluted to come out.
- After two minutes, use a clean washcloth to blot up the liquid.
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the spot is gone.
- Rinse the spot with cold water and use a towel to dry by stepping on the towel to apply pressure for one minute.
- After the floor is completely dry, vacuum as usual.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with White Vinegar
- Use a dull knife or spoon to scoop up the excess syrup from your carpet.
- Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of cold water in a spray bottle. Make sure it is cold water because hot water sets in the stain.
- Spray the stain with the vinegar solution until it is soaked. You have to dilute the syrup to get it out of the carpet.
- Wait two minutes and then blot the area with a clean cloth.
- If the stain is still there, add one teaspoon of mild soap to the solution, shake, and spray it on the spot.
- Very gently rub the solution into the fibers with a toothbrush or soft bristle brush.
- Rinse with a clean wet cloth.
- Place a folded towel on the spot and stand on it for one minute.
- Vacuum the spot after the carpet is completely dry.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Mild Dish Soap
- Scoop up as much of the syrup as you can with a spoon or dull knife.
- Put one teaspoon of mild dish soap in a spray bottle with two cups of cold (do not use hot) water and shake well.
- Spray the spot with the solution until it is thoroughly soaked.
- Wait two minutes before blotting to see if the stain is coming up. The syrup has to be sufficiently diluted to get it out of the carpet so continue to add cold water until the syrup is liquid.
- Once you get the stickiness up, then you need to clean the soap out with clean water.
- Use a folded towel on the spot to absorb the water by standing on it for one minute.
- Allow the spot to air dry before vacuuming.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Rubbing Alcohol
- Put on your mask and gloves. Rubbing alcohol can irritate your skin and your lungs.
- Use a dull knife or spoon to get as much of the syrup out of the carpet as you can.
- Pour rubbing alcohol directly on the spill.
- Allow the spot to sit for five minutes before seeing if it is ready. If the syrup is no longer thick and goopy, it should be able to be absorbed with a dry cloth. If not, add some cold water.
- Soak up the stain with the cloth.
- Repeat steps 3 – 5 if needed.
- Dry the spot with a folded towel by standing on it for one minute.
- Vacuum after the spot is completely dry.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Hydrogen Peroxide
- First, put on your gloves because peroxide can irritate your skin.
- Scrape up the excess syrup with a spoon or dull knife.
- Mix one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (3%) with one cup of cold water in a spray bottle. Hot water will set the stain so do not use that.
- Soak the spot with the solution and let it sit for five minutes before blotting with a dry cloth.
- If the spot is still sticky, add more solution.
- Continue to soak and blot until the spot is gone.
- Put a folded towel on the spot and stand on it for one minute to soak up the excess water.
- Let it dry completely before you vacuum the spot.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Laundry Soap
- Be sure to wear your gloves because laundry soap can be harmful to your skin.
- Scrape up as much of the syrup as you can with a dull knife or a spoon.
- Add one tablespoon of laundry soap to one cup of cold water (not hot) in a spray bottle and shake well.
- Apply enough of the solution to the spot to completely soak the area.
- After two minutes, blot with a dry cloth to see if it comes out. If not, add more solution before blotting again.
- Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the stain is gone.
- Use a clean wet cloth to remove all of the detergent solution from the carpet.
- Dry the spot by placing a folded towel down and standing on it for one minute.
- Vacuum after it is completely dry.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Enzyme Stain Remover
- Wearing gloves, prepare the stain remover by the instructions on the label.
- Scoop up all of the syrup you can get with a spoon or a dull knife.
- Apply the stain remover and leave it on the spot as per the manufacturer’s directions.
- If the stain is still there, add enough cold water to dilute the syrup. You can rub it gently with a toothbrush or soft bristle brush to mix it up but do not use too much pressure.
- Blot the spot with a dry cloth to remove extra water.
- Add more stain remover and wait the allotted time.
- Rinse the spot as directed and then dry with a towel.
- Wait for the area to dry all the way before vacuuming.
How to Get Syrup Out of Carpet with Dry-Cleaning Solvent
- Put on protective clothing, gloves, and a mask before using dry-cleaning solvent because it is not good for your skin or lungs.
- Using a dull knife or spoon, scrape up the excess syrup from the carpet.
- Pour enough cold water on the spot to dilute the syrup and blot it with a clean cloth to get as much as you can.
- Apply several drops (or more, depending on the size of the spill) to the spot and rub gently with a soft-bristle brush or toothbrush.
- After 10 to 15 minutes, blot the area with a wet cloth to remove excess moisture.
- Dry the area with a thick towel by standing on it for one minute.
- After the floor is completely dry, vacuum as usual.
What about chocolate syrup?
Just like the instructions above, make sure you remove as much of the chocolate syrup as you can from the carpet with a dull knife or spoon. Apply a solution of one teaspoon of dish soap to one cup of cold water and then blot the spill until it is gone. Dry and then vacuum as usual. Make sure you get it all or you could end up with sugar ants.
Can I use a steam cleaner on syrup spills?
Because of the nature of the syrup, it is best not to use hot water or steam to clean it or it may set the stain into your carpet, making it harder to get out. You can use a carpet cleaner that uses cold water to clean the carpet if you have one though.
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