Removing Marshmallows from Carpeting

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated March 17, 2014)

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How many times have you given your child a Rice Krispy treat, only to think a little later, "Oh no! Not again!" This is usually due to the fact that children, invariably small or young ones, will drop anything sticky onto the carpet in the living room. When this happens, all you have left to do is figure out some way to go about removing marshmallows from carpeting. There are several methods that will work at this task, the only thing that you need to do is figure out which of these will work best for you. That, and to remember to have your little one sit at the table the next time they want a s'more.

  • Water. Considering that everything that is in a marshmallow is biodegradable, it only makes sense that water will eventually break it down. This is no different when removing marshmallows from carpeting. Simply rub away at the ground in marshmallows with a rag, or use a steam cleaner until the marshmallows have been removed. While this method can take a while, and often you may feel like it is only making the mess worse, keep at it. It will come out eventually.
  • Citrus remover. The power of citrus lies in how it is a mild acid, and can actually help break down certain other materials. Marshmallow is one of those other materials that it can help break down quickly. Using a cleaner that has citrus as one of its primary ingredients will help you to remove the marshmallows from your carpeting quickly. Before using this method though, test the cleaner on a discreet section of carpeting in order to tell if it will have a harmful effect on it. If it does not, then simply follow the directions on the back of the cleaner bottle.
  • Ice cubes. One of the easiest ways to clean marshmallows, and other sticky items, from carpeting is to actually freeze them first. Considering that you can't exactly place your carpet into the freezer, using a few ice cubes to do the trick is your next best alternative. Simply rub a few ice cubes over the mess until the marshmallows have frozen. Once frozen, use the flat edge of a butter knife to scrape away the mess. Repeat the process as often as necessary until the vast majority of the marshmallow has been removed, and then clean your carpet as you would with any other stain.

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Lee Wyatt

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2015-12-12 11:55:44

Roxanna

The ice cube trick worked thanks!!! My kids had melted marshmellows on my dining room table.


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