Wednesday December 20, 2017
The holidays are a time of year for family and friends to get together and celebrate. For a lot of us, that means loads of good food and drink. But what goes hand-in-hand with these smorgasbords? You’ve got it—stains! Chances are, you’ve had something spilled on a tablecloth, carpet, or clothing that will seriously leave a stain if left untreated. Here are some of the biggest stain culprits and how to handle them:
- Wine—If one of your guests drops a glass of wine (especially red) on your carpet, then you’ve got to spring into action. The first thing to do is grab something to soak up the wine, be it paper towels or a cloth. Start by blotting the wine and then stomp on the towels to soak up the liquid before it can soak into the carpet fibers. To get rid of the stain, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing soap with a tablespoon of white vinegar and about two cups of warm water. Blot this mixture into the stain and keep applying it until the stain is gone. Another way to get rid of the stain is to cover the spot with salt and let it sit for one hour to absorb the moisture.
- Coffee/Hot Chocolate—Another big favorite during this time of year is a hot drink. If coffee or hot chocolate makes its way onto your carpet, start with soaking up as much as you can. Then, use a mixture of dish soap and cool water to treat it (leave out the vinegar this time). If the beverage had milk or creamer in it, you will probably need a professional cleaning solution or dry-cleaning solvent to get out the stain.
- Grease—Drinks aren’t the only holiday stain culprit! If someone spills their turkey and gravy or drops a hot buttered biscuit, salt is your best friend! Salt can soak up the moisture and, in this case, the grease. So cover the area with salt and let it stand for one hour before you blot it dry. If this doesn’t work completely, try a professional enzyme detergent.
Don’t let pesky food and beverage stains ruin your holiday gathering. If someone spills something on your furniture or carpet, just think quickly and you won’t have any lingering stains haunting you into the New Year.