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How to Get Rid of Petroleum Jelly Stains on the Carpet

Posted on: May 2, 2013

Petroleum jelly is one of the common items that you can find in the medicine cabinet of countless homes all over the country. It can be very helpful in many different ways. It is used to moisturize the skin and also to help remedy chapped lips. It is very useful which is why many people have it in their homes.

But petroleum jelly can have some negative effects too. It is not really related to your skin or your health but it instead involves the cleanliness of your home. This is because there are instances when you can spill petroleum jelly and smear it accidentally on the carpet. Getting petroleum jelly stains on the carpet is not really something that you would want to have since this will cause a nasty stain that will be extremely difficult to remove. If you are dealing with this kind of issue in your home, don’t give up just yet. Check out the guide below to help you in properly handling this predicament on your carpet.

• The first thing that you should do is to remove as much of the petroleum jelly which you have spilled on the carpet. Quickly get a clean white cloth or a paper towel and then gradually blot the affected area. This will help extract the spill so that the only thing that will remain is the ugly stain that you will be removing next.
• Next, get a cotton ball and apply some isopropyl rubbing alcohol on it. Then, use the cotton ball and dab the affected area using it. This is to help break down the petroleum jelly stain making it easier to remove using the succeeding steps.
• You will need to prepare a cleaning solution that will help eliminate the ugly stain on the carpet. Try mixing a teaspoon of clear ammonia with a cup of warm water in order to create a potent solution that will do just the trick.
• Apply the ammonia-based cleaning solution onto the stain and then let it stand for about two minutes. Then, get a clean white cloth or a paper towel and carefully blot the stained area of the carpet repeatedly. Make sure that you blot from the outer portion of the stain moving inward to get the best results. Do this continuously until the entire stain is gone.
• After removing the petroleum jelly stain, the last thing that you have to do is to rinse the carpet in order to get rid of any residue that could remain. Flush out any residue by pouring a glass of water on the affected area of the carpet and then dry everything using clean towels or rags to finish the job.

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