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When you have kids, it’s easy for messes to get onto your floors. However, it’s not always your children that make the mess!
Sometimes, you might spill substances such as baby powder on the floor. These can be just as tough to clean up as kids’ muddy footprints.
You can easily get baby powder out of your carpets with a vacuum cleaner and a bit of water and dish soap. Steam clean the carpet afterward to make sure there are no lingering traces.
Step One: Vacuum
The first step to getting spilled baby powder out of your carpets is to use your vacuum cleaner. However, you need to remember that baby powder can clog your vacuum’s filter and suction nozzle.
To avoid this problem, scoop up the worst of the baby powder with a spoon. You can use a small broom to sweep the baby powder up as well, but be careful – this can also spread the powder around and create a bigger problem.
Once you’ve got the worst of the baby powder up, you can attack the spot with your vacuum cleaner. This lets you thoroughly clean the carpet without damaging your vacuum cleaner.
As you vacuum, take things slow. You can stop and empty your vacuum periodically, especially if you’re working with a large spill.
Step Two: Soap and Water
Sometimes the vacuum cleaner simply won’t get all the powder off the ground. Don’t worry though, you can clean up the rest with a bit of liquid soap – hand soap or dish soap are both fine – and water.
Mix the soap with warm water in a bucket. Then, dip a rag into the solution and use circular motions to gently wipe the affected portion of the carpet.
As you work, you need to be careful not to touch unharmed areas of the carpet with your rag. If you do, you run the risk of spreading the baby powder into these areas and creating a bigger mess.
Step Three: Steam Clean
After you finish applying dish soap and water to the stain, it’s time to steam clean the carpet. Steam cleaning is an important part of the process because it cleans up any lingering soap residue, which can attract more dirt.
To start, fill the tank on your steam cleaner with hot water. Even though the steam cleaner will also heat the water, using hot water helps speed up the process and lets you work on your carpets much faster.
Next, navigate to a corner of the room that’s diagonal from the doorway. Slowly make your way from one wall to the next, being careful to overlap your cleaning lines slightly so as not to miss a spot on the carpet.
Gradually make your way out the door. You need to be careful not to step on the areas that you’ve already cleaned, as this can leave muddy footprints and dirt in your wake.
Step Four: Allow the Room to Dry
After you finish cleaning the floor, it’s time to let the room dry. During this time you won’t be able to enter the room.
While you let the floor dry, you’ll want to turn on any ceiling fans in the room. You can also place upright fans in the doorway. Doing so helps speed up the drying process so that you can get back into the room much faster.
It usually takes about eight hours for your floor to dry completely. However, in rooms that don’t have great ventilation, it can take as much as twelve hours for your floor to completely dry.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Vacuum Baby Powder?
Absolutely! As soon as you notice the spilled baby powder on the floor you can get to work vacuuming. The key here is to go slow and to get the worst up with a spoon first, however. Otherwise, you run the risk of clogging your vacuum cleaner.
Does Baby Powder Stain?
Baby powder can stain clothing, especially silks and wools. That’s thanks to the dyes and deodorants that these types of fabric contain. However, it’s not likely to stain your carpet.
How Do You Remove Baby Powder Stains?
You can get baby powder stains out of clothes by applying cornstarch or baking soda. These absorbents can pull the stain out of your clothes.