Have you experienced muscle spasms, body ache, mild arthritis, and injury swelling? Just when you need a gel pack, you discovered that the items have been chewed, exploded, or punctured. It’s over the floor, walls, carpet, or your clothes. No kidding. So, how to clean ice gel pack stains and leaks?
How to remove the ice pack gel from the carpet?
How to remove the ice pack gel from my clothes?
Applying an ice gel pack to an injury is often one of the first steps in treating sprains, cramps, and muscle pain. Ice therapy also reduces inflammation and swelling because it constricts the blood vessels and numbs the injured region to reduce pain.
Cold therapy is also necessary for other conditions such as back, shoulders, arms, and more. It can act as an alternative therapy when one is in pain, depending on the severity of the condition.
These handy items can last for months or years. But insufficient care and handle will make them leak, cracked, and punctured, which will cause blue stains on carpets or clothes. In some cases, a gel ice pack leak can be ingested by children! This should be dealt with as soon as possible.
This article will guide you in cleaning stains, preventing leaks, and taking care or storing your ice packs in good condition.
Chemicals found in ice gel packs
No one can argue the benefits of applying cold or hot therapy in an injury. But one can’t totally avert an ice pack leaking from time to time. Knowing its contents can help you figure out how to clean ice gel pack stains and leaks.
For instant ice packs
Instant ice packs make use of endothermic reaction for fast and responsive usage of the pack when injury strikes.
Ammonium nitrate is a common chemical highly used in instant cold packs because of its dissolution to water which is quite endothermic. Meaning, the compound chemical absorbs heat, and the temperature of the cold pack turns to an icy level. That’s why, this ingredient is highly sought in instant packs because of its response, portability solutions, and convenience in first aid, especially on the field or wilderness.
Another substitute chemical favored by many is the urea. Since ammonium nitrate can be dangerous when the ice pack broke open, many companies switch to urea because of its low to non-toxicity presence. Some urea compound chemicals also have an endothermic reaction when mixed with water too.
Gel packs or hot and cold packs
Unlike instant packs, gel packs need to be stored at room temperature and must be frozen or microwaved before use. They contain diethylene and ethylene glycol which can cause harm and illness when consumed.
Just because most gels are non-toxic, these ingredients are not edible for human consumption.
Also known as hydroxyethyl cellulose, it’s a gelling agent used in most household products and cosmetic solutions.
It’s a sodium salt used in many consumer products. It can absorb 100 to 1000 times of its mass in water.
Perhaps the most well-known gel used for ice packs. It’s an amorphous and porous form of silica used in many cosmetic applications including surgery.
The main culprit of the ice pack - once the ice bag breaks, the dye will be spilling all over the place causing so much stain.
What’s more, the gel pack may contain oil substances. In a way, you may need a degreaser to remove the stain.
How to clean ice gel pack stains and leaks?
One of the most common complaints people have with their gel packs is that it leaks at the moment they least expect of it. Some reasons why they start to explode or get punctured are because of:
When an ice pack exploded, it’s going to cost you a leaky mess and stain on your carpet, wall, or clothing. Once you see the stain, it’s best to remove it as soon as possible. The longer the gel is left there, the harder it’ll be to remove it.
If you have a gel-based ice pack, it’s best to dry and wait for the substance to flake. That way, you can broom or vacuum it up. The gels are also water-soluble, making it easier to come off. But, how to remove ice pack stains?
What you need:
1.) Scuff the gel liquid from the floor, upholstery, or clothing with a plastic scraper. Throw the gel and scraper in the garbage.
2.) Mix water and the desired cleaning agent until completely dissolved.
3.) Damp the cloth or sponge into the mixture and squeeze excess water.
4.) Pat the stain starting from its edges up to the middle. Repeat this process until the stain has been removed.
Wash the whole stained region. This means getting the carpet a good cleaning and your clothing a washing. The walls should be scrubbed as well. As for the floor, if there’s a bugging stain that wouldn’t come off, you can try re-staining or refinishing that area.
Further tips on preventing leaks and taking care of your gel packs
If you want to continue using your gel packs for months or even years, here are some basic tips you can follow to save your item’s longevity. Or even try using the most of it.
How to clean your ice gel packs? You can wash it and make use of detergent or alcohol to clean the gel pads. Wipe and let it stand and dry for one minute.
Additional FAQsCan I wash the wrap?
Yes, the wrap can be hand or machine-washed. Just remember to separate it from the gel pack.
Can I place the gel pack in the microwave from the freezer?
No. You must defrost the pack to room temperature before heating it in the microwave.
How long and how hot should I microwave the ice gel pack?
If you’re not sure how hot you want it to be, you can start heating it from the lowest temperature for about 10 to 30 seconds. Repeat until you got your desired temperature. REMEMBER, take out the bag once it starts inflating fast like a balloon.
Can I place the gel pack in the freezer at all times?
Yes. It makes you more prepared when an injury arises. Bodyprox recommends putting the ice pack in a ziplock to keep the bag smelling fresh and away from pointy objects in the freezer.
How often should I replace my ice gel pack?
Bodyprox Ice Gel Packs are made from high-quality materials with outstanding Velcro straps and moisture-resistant wraps. We make sure that our gel packs are leak-proof, containing non-toxic Nylon gel ice pack.
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