Monday November 26, 2018
‘Tis the season for holiday dinners with friends and family! As part of these celebrations, chances are you are going to spend a lot of time and energy getting your house ready for guests.
But if you’re like us, you’re probably also worried about what to do when someone drops a glass of wine or spills turkey gravy on the carpet. Here are tips on how to handle these two common spills as well as the ultimate Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday stain — the cranberry sauce!
- Cranberry sauce—If a guest spills cranberry sauce on the carpet, it’s important to get it cleaned and treated quickly before it can set in. First, pick up the solid bits of cranberries. Then, using a clean cloth, blot the liquid to absorb as much as possible. Using a clean toothbrush and a solution of detergent and warm water (1 teaspoon and 1 cup respectively), gently clean the stain, getting as deep into the carpet fibers as you can. Keep repeating this as much as needed until the stain is removed and then blot it with a dry towel.
- Turkey gravy—This particular Thanksgiving delicacy can be a tough one because of the animal fat in the gravy. To fix a stain like that, use a dishwashing detergent such as Dawn that is known for cutting through grease. These will help allow you to soak up the grease with a towel before it can seep into the carpet fibers.
- Red wine—The fix for a red wine stain may also be right in your bar or refrigerator. Club soda is a great agent for getting out these kinds of stains. Simply coat the stain with club soda and begin a process of blotting and repeating until the stain is removed.
If you have a really nasty stain that just won’t come out, it may be necessary to seek the help of a professional cleaning service. But, regardless of the means, it’s best to keep your carpets looking clean and fresh this Thanksgiving and Christmas so that you can have more guests over for New Year’s Eve!