|'The Edge of Darkness' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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It was bound to happen. That's what I get for having open pastel boxes sitting precariously on shelves and tables. This morning started out great until I bumped into a table toppling a box of pastels. It was like a slow motion movie....the box slowly fell turning upside down and landing on the carpet with a crash.
I had a big pastel mess on my hands and my students were due any minute.
|My lovely Pastel Mess...a shattered box of Diane Townsend Terrages|
This isn't the first time I had a box of pastel dump onto the carpet. Once, my cat jumped up on my full Heilman box tipping it upside down....now that was a multicolored mess! So I have experience cleaning pastel out of the rug. Let me share what works for me in case you ever have to deal with a mess like this.
The most important thing to remember is that you want to VACUUM FIRST. I pick up the broken pieces of pastel and any sizable chunks. (I can reconstitute them later) Next I use the hose attachment and vacuum up the tiny pieces as well as the dust. I stick the hose down on the carpet so I can suction up every bit of dust possible.
DO NOT WET THE PASTEL BEFORE YOU VACUUM!
Our first instinct is to grab a wipe of wet paper towel to wipe up the mess. What this does is liquify the pastel making it into paint. It also spreads out and makes a wet colored stain. This wet blob is much harder to remove. But if you vacuum first you get most of the pastel removed.
|After vacuuming I am left with a lightly colored stain|
The next step is to remove the remaining stain...which is much lighter than if we had wet it down. I use Resolve spray carpet cleaner with Oxy action. I used the pet stain formula and it worked like a charm. I sprayed the stain liberally with the spray and let it work for a few minutes. I then used an old towel to blot up the stain. I am happy to report that the entire stain came out completely!
|The newly clean carpet...Resolve to the rescue!|
How do you clean up pastel messes? I'd love to hear your tips!
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