Getting Buttered Popcorn out of Carpet and Upholstery

One of the best parts of the Halloween season is getting comfy on the sofa, maybe lighting a few candles for some dark and spooky ambiance, grabbing some popcorn and candy, and watching a spooky or holiday-themed movie.

Should some hot buttery popcorn come in contact with your couch or carpet there is no reason to scream in horror ( if you do just blame it on the movie); use these tips to deal with butter stains and get back to enjoying the holiday fun.Getting Buttered Popcorn out of Carpet and Upholstery

Removing Butter from Carpet

Begin by removing any solid pieces of popcorn from the area. Sprinkle the oily stain with cornstarch or baking soda or even talcum powder and let it sit so it can absorb the oil. To get best results use a soft bristle brush such as a clean toothbrush or nail brush to gently work it into the carpet. Allow the powder to absorb the oils for at least 15 minutes and then vacuum.

After vacuuming the powder out of the carpet, mix a tablespoon of hand dishwashing soap with two cups of hot water and add in one tablespoon of ammonia. Dip a clean sponge, white cloth, or strong plain white paper towel into the cleaning solution and gently blot the stain working from the outside toward the center. Follow with a dry paper towel and repeat with a clean area of damp cloth and then dry towels until no more stain remains in the carpet.

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Once finished grab a new cloth dampened with plain clear water and “rinse” away any cleaning solvent still in the carpet. Follow the rinsing with a dry clean cloth/towel applied to the wet area to get as much moisture as possible out of the carpet.

Removing Butter from Upholstery

Depending upon the fabric that your furniture is covered in, you can use the same cleaning method for carpet from above on your upholstery. Start with the powder and finish with the hand dishwashing soap solution. Be extra careful not to wet the fabric too much as over wetting furniture cushions can cause significant damage leading to the replacement of the cushion or whole piece of furniture.

If you need to spot treat a more delicate fabric such as silk or maybe a high-end vintage fabric it is best to sprinkle the area with powder and call in a professional upholstery cleaner to take it from there.

Whether it’s nail polish, ketchup, or oil, cleaning your home can be tricky depending on what it is and where you’re cleaning. Cleaning a home for sale can be even tougher, but with some simple tips and a good place to start, you can have a well-staged and cleaned home ready to living or selling.


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