One of the most cheerful times of the year around my house is undoubtedly the holiday season. Despite the fact that every year I promise myself to take it easy with big family gatherings at home, the period from Halloween to New Year turns to a holiday marathon and I enjoy it!
The only problem I actually have with inviting guests (be it friends or family) at home is… the cleaning after. All right, I have to admit that I’m surrounded with great people, who always help me out with tidying up the table after every holiday, as well as with the garbage and dishes. But when it comes to cleaning the various stains, left on the carpet after every holiday dinner… well, I’m alone.
From absorbing wine and soda spills to getting out deeply embedded nougat candies, gravy, cranberries and other unpleasant “holiday” stains – it’s all on me. Sometimes, the stain is so tough, that I can’t do anything to clean it by myself and I have to call a professional cleaning company. However, there are a few certain things you can do to remove the stain easier, as well as certain mistakes home owners often do, when cleaning their carpet after holiday dinner.
Common Mistakes When Removing Stains from Carpet
Do not over-soak the stain with cleaning solutions. This will just make the small spot bigger and therefore – harder to remove.
- Do not rub the stain. This can damage the texture of the carpet’s fibres.
- Do not wet a dry soil spot on your carpet. Instead, make sure to vacuum it well first.
Don’t panic when fighting the inevitable food and beverage spills on your carpet, resulting from entertaining guests at home. There are a few basic practises that are among the best ways for treating stains on your rug or carpet.
- At first, remove as much of the stain as possible. If it has already dried up, vacuum as much of it as you can. If the spill is semisolid, scrape it with a spatula or a dull knife. If it is liquid, blot it gently with a clean cloth.
- After that, blot the spot with cool water until you take out the stain. Blot dry with another clean cloth.
- Make a thick foam by mixing together 1/4 teaspoon liquid dish-washing soap and a cup of lukewarm water. Just, make sure to first test any cleaning products onto an inconspicuous area of the carpet to check if there is no adverse reaction with the fibres. If everything seems ok, apply the cleaning foam with a soft brush or sponge to the affected area with n a circular motion. Start from the ends of the stain and continue to the centre. If you start in the centre you risk spreading the stain.
- At last, blot the spot with cool water, then blot it with clean cloth until dry.
From candy canes and chocolate fudge to wine and grandma’s famous gravy, most food and beverage spills can be cleaned using this method. For additional information on stain removal you can check the official site of NCCA.
It is extremely important to vacuum your carpet more often during the holiday season, especially the high traffic areas, because more people will visit your home and it gets extra foot traffic.
Happy holiday season!
Author: Anita Ford