Halloween is around the corner, which means sugary treats and lots of them. Your child’s trick-or-treat bag will include Jolly Ranchers, Blow Pops, and other hard candy. Some of this can get onto your car’s upholstery and leave terrible stains. Fortunately, removing hard candy stains is possible; we’ll show you how.
The Truth About Removing Hard Candy Stains
When hard candy liquifies and then dries on upholstery, the sugar bonds with the surface. If not treated immediately, the dye from the candy remains on the upholstery. Hard candy stains persist even if you remove most of the sugar and semi-liquid gunk. At this stage, removing the stains may require professional auto detailing.
Step-By-Step Tips for Removing Hard Candy Stains
- If much of the candy is still present, dissolve it by pouring cold water over it. This dissolves the sugar that bonds the solid mass to the upholstery.
- As the solid liquifies, pull it out using your fingers or a spoon.
- Apply an enzyme-based stain remover. Those designed for carpet use will work for car upholstery.
- Blot at the stain with a cloth. Switch out to a clean cloth every few minutes.
- If the stain persists, apply some white vinegar with the cloth.
- Rinse with a clean cloth moistened with water.
- Blot once more with a dry cloth.
The above steps should work for removing most hard candy stains. However, some discoloring may still remain, especially with light-colored upholstery. If this happens, complete removal will require restoration by an auto detailer.
We Eliminate Hard Candy Stains
Both kids and adults drop hard candy on their car seats. The resulting stains can be stubborn. Bring your car to Henry’s Auto Detail for interior cleaning and an exterior wash and wax. Jolly Ranchers and Warheads are no match for our professional hard candy stain removal techniques.
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