It’s the holiday season where we hold a number of Christmas parties in our homes. We invite family to come together and spend joyous times together. However your carpets beg to differ. Especially if there is a lot of little ones or if you’re drinking at the party. Expect spills to occur. Who gets to spend that joyous time cleaning it up? Well, that will be you. Tough Carpet Cleaning will share some tips on the common holiday carpet stains and how you can clean them up.
Clean Carpet Stains Right Away
In general, all stains are best cleaned up as they happen. It’s much easier to remove them when they’re fresh and wet. So take action quickly. Keep a dry white cloth on hand and when spills happen, press down on the spill and allow the cloth to absorb the liquid. Do not rub at the spill or you will make the stain worse. You may need to move the cloth around and use the dry part to soak up all the liquid, or even use more then one cloth. Once you have absorbed as much liquid as possible, attend to the stain. You can use a commercial carpet cleaner or a homemade cleaning solution of water and vinegar or water, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda is another good cleaning solution. If you encounter a stain from mud or chocolate and other solid matter and it dried up before you cleaned it, use a vacuum to suck up the loose chunks. If it’s stuck to the floor, use a butter knife and scrape it up then vacuum up the loose pieces with the same cleaning solution as above and blot at the stain. Never scrub or rub a stain.
How to Get Old Cranberry Stains Out of Carpet
Let’s talk about removing cranberry sauce. This tasty sauce we use with our holiday meal seems all too often to get on our floors. Red dye is one of the worst stains to remove and draws eye to the stain. Keep in mind, never scrub at the stain during this process. Start by combining cold water with every day dish washing liquid soap. Don’t make it too soapy. With your homemade cleaning solution, blot at the stain and mildly saturate the stain. Then use a dry rag to blot at the stain. Avoid pressing too deeply or you could make the stain go deeper into the carpet. Repeat this process until the stain is gone. If the stain appears to be stubborn, bring out your clothing iron and heat it up to a mild setting. Use your cleaning solution and a white dry cloth and press down gently on the stain and repeat until the stain it gone. The heat from the iron helps break down red dye and makes it easier to remove.
How to Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet
Wines are the next offender to carpets during the holiday season and the worst one to encounter is, you guessed it, red wine. Again clean up the spill as soon as it occurs for the best results. Start by using a dry white cloth to soak up as much liquid as possible. Then create a cleaning solution for red wine. Use warm water “not hot” with vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle. Spray lightly at the stain and blot it out with a dry wash cloth. Always use a white cloth or the dye from the rag can seep into your carpet, creating another stain. Again, use the iron trick for stubborn stains.
Removing Christmas Pine Tree Sap from Carpet
Tree sap from Christmas trees all too often leave their mark on our carpets. To remove the sap, start by using rubbing alcohol to break down the sap. Then use a cleaning solution of warm water and dish soap to blot out the stain. Continue to blot and dry until the stain is gone.
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There are quite a few holiday offenders that strike our carpets each year. Remember, clean spills as they occur to maintain your carpets. If you find that your carpet was assaulted more than you want to deal with yourself, call Tough Carpet Cleaning and we will be there to deep steam clean your carpet after this holiday season.