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If you’ve ever had a lava lamp, you know that they are a lot of fun. But what do you do when your beloved pet accidentally knocks it over?
Do you start to feel sorry that your beautiful carpet is now ruined? No, not if you follow the tips provided in this handy guide.
The first thing to note is lamp oil can ignite, so you want to make sure there are no flammable objects nearby. Also, you need to act fast and flush the lamp content out of the carpet and underlay because it can have a nasty effect on the latex compound of a tufted carpet, resulting in delamination.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business.
How to Get Lava Lamp Out of Carpet
To get lava lamp out of carpet, here are the supplies you will need:
- A pair of rubber gloves
- A piece of old clothes
- A carpet cleaner or mild detergent
- A disposable container (e.g., a plastic bag)
- A bucket
- A towel
- A carpet steam cleaner (this is optional)
Step 1: Turn off the power
If the lamp was in use before the spill, turn it off, and unplug it from the power source. The lamp will likely be hot so wait a few minutes so that it cools down.
Step 2: Place the rubber gloves on
Wearing gloves will protect your hands from getting burned by the hot lamp oil and the broken shards of glass.
Step 3: Remove any broken shards of glass and dispose
Remove the shards of glass from the carpet by gently brushing them away with a broom and dropping them in the plastic bag.
Step 4: Remove the wax
Use your glove to pick up as many wax fragments as possible and throw them into the plastic bag. Wax can stain carpets, so it’s best to remove them as soon as possible.
Step 6: Blot the stain
Blot up as much fluid as possible with the soft cloths. Be careful not to scrub too hard or you risk spreading the stain.
Step 7: Make your solution
Then, add a small amount of carpet cleaner or shampoo to a bucket of warm water after blotting the oil stain. Try mild dish soap if you do not have carpet shampoo on hand.
Step 8: Wet a soft cloth with soapy water and blot the spill
If the stain persists, you may need to repeat the process a few times. However, do not keep pouring on the solution until you are confident that the stain is gone because we do not want the carpet to get too wet!
Step 9: Blot again
Wipe away any remaining liquid with a clean cloth. You should avoid scrubbing the carpet because doing so can cause the stain to spread further. If you have either handy, you can use a carpet steam cleaner or wet vac to remove cleaning fluid and spilled liquid from the carpet. To remove the remaining liquid, wipe it with a clean cloth.
Step 10: Rinse with clean water
Use clean water to remove any residue from the carpet. Then, use clean water to rinse the carpet thoroughly. To avoid mold, wipe the water from the carpet with a dry towel. Do not wring the towel out, or you’ll risk spreading the carpet’s moisture content.
Step 11: Dry the carpet
You can dry your carpet by blotting it with a dry towel or airing it using a fan. Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it. If the carpet is wet, it can create a moisture problem that could lead to mold and mildew, so you don’t want to walk on it in this condition.
Step 12: Vacuum the carpet
Vacuuming the carpet removes any shard of glass or wax shards that may have been left behind, and it helps to freshen the carpet up as well.
And in case you’re wondering, here’s how lava lamps are made
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get lamp oil smell out of carpet?
There are various ways to get lamp oil smell out of carpet. One way is to blot the area with a dry cloth to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Then, get a baking soda or sawdust, and pour it over the stain. Allow the mixture to soak in for 15-25 minutes before blotting it up with a cloth. Be careful not to scrub, or you will spread the stain.
Is the liquid inside a lava lamp toxic?
The liquid inside a lava lamp is not toxic. It is made of a mixture of water and oil and is non-toxic. The lamp heats the liquid, causing it to expand and rise to the top. When it cools, it falls back down.
What should you do if you break your lava lamp?
If you break a lava lamp, you should make sure that the glass is all in pieces and that there are no sharp edges. Then, you should take the lamp apart and clean all the pieces. Verify that the wiring is in good condition and put the lamp back together.