The holidays are upon us and that means family and friends will be coming and going. But all these comings and goings can lead to more carpet stains. Food stains, spilled drinks and foot traffic can all leave your carpet looking less than stellar. Try not to stress when accidents happen but work quickly to clean them up. This will give you better results and prevent any permanent damage.
Treating Holiday Carpet Stains
Gravy Spills on Carpet. When gravy ends up on your carpet, use a spoon and scoop up a much of it as you can. Use a mixture of 1 tsp. dishwashing detergent and 4 cups of warm water and blot the stain. Then use a clean cloth or sponge until you’ve absorbed all the liquid. Repeat until the stain is no longer visible.
Cranberry Sauce Stains on Carpet. Treat cranberry sauce like you would gravy. Scoop as much of it as you can and then blot with the same solution. Finish blotting with more water until it’s completely dry to make sure all the residue has been removed.
Red Wine Spills on Carpet. Blot immediately with a clean white cloth and then add a little water to the stain. The water will dilute the stain and make it easier. Make a 3 to 1 ratio paste of baking soda to water. Apply the paste and wait for it to dry. You can then vacuum it up and use an appropriate spot remover if the stain remains.
Fruit Juice Splashes on Carpet. Some of your guests are likely to be children and children love juice. If it ends up on the carpet, flush the stain with cold water and blot until it’s dry. You can then use the above solution and blot dry.
Dirt & Mud Stains on Carpet. Dirt, mud and wet leaves are easily tracked into your home over the holidays. Use mats at all the entrances to your home to reduce most of it. Vacuum up any debris and use the dishwashing detergent solution to blot and dry, if needed.
Tree Sap Carpet Stains. The trees we love to decorate can leave sap on the carpet. It can usually be picked off the carpet once it has dried. If it doesn’t, you can use the water and dishwashing solution or a spot cleaner to remove any that is left behind. Just make sure the spot cleaner is appropriate for your carpet to prevent any damage.
Tree Water Stains on Carpet. Having a fresh tree also means you may have tree water that spills onto your carpet. Tree water can leave brown stains on your carpet. You may also have rust spots from the tree stand. Use a solution of ½ vinegar and ½ water. The vinegar will neutralize the browning effect. This may not work very well if there are rust stains. You will most likely need to call in the professionals.
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Accidents will happen. Acting quickly and using the right methods means you don’t have to live with any stains. Fresh stains are always easier to deal with but calling the professionals at Carpet Care 2000 means even set in stains can be gone for good. Our cleaning professionals will make short work of any holiday stains. Contact us today!