Rug Cleaning 101: Cleaning Peanut Butter Spills on Your Rug

Peanut butter is probably one of the most adored food item by children and adults alike. It can be enjoyed in many different ways, from cookies, sandwiches, or just eating it right out of the jar. Sometimes though accidents happen and you can spill some peanut butter and create a mess on your rug. Peanut butter spills are not uncommon and can be a real headache for rug owners. Its difficult to remove and can leave a visible brown mark on your rug.

Cleaning spills like this properly is important to be able to maintain the appearance and condition of your rug. If you have this very problem, don’t worry as I have made a simple guide below to help you through the process of cleaning up peanut butter spills on your rug. Here’s what you will need to do to make your rug clean and stain-free once again.

1. Remove the Excess Peanut Butter on Your Rug – The first step in cleaning up spilled peanut butter on your rug, you would need to scoop up the excess to help prevent it from spreading. Take a spoon or a blunt knife and scrape up as much of the excess peanut butter as you can. After completing this step, you will now be left with the brown stain which you can now more effectively address.
2. Apply a Cleaning Agent on the Stain – In order to remove the peanut butter stain on your rug, you will need to get some cleaning solution to apply onto the stain. One such cleaning solution is acetone, which is a very common item and can easily be obtained or bought in stores. Make sure that you carpet is compatible with acetone though to avoid damaging it. Commonly, carpet fibers composed of acetate or triacetate is not compatible so be sure to read your owners manual before proceeding. Take a medicine dropper and use it to put a few drops of acetone onto the stained area. After doing this, you can now proceed to the next step.
3. Blot the Stain Using a Clean White Cloth – After applying acetone onto the stained area, get a piece of clean white cloth and use this to blot the stain. This will help slowly transfer the stain from your carpet onto the surface of the cloth. Repeat this step until all of the stain is gone. It may take a few tries but be persistent until you find success.
4. Rinse the Area With Water – The last step that you will need to do is to rinse the area you just cleaned. This prevents build-up from happening and avoid it causing damage to your rug. After rinsing, use clean rags or a wet/dry vac to dry the area up.

Peanut butter spills don’t need to be a cause of frustration for rug owners anymore. Just follow the simple steps above and your rug will be spotless and looking as good as new in no time.