The holidays are coming helping your carpets recover…

You’ve built your home to be a luxurious place for celebrating family and friends, perfect for this special time of year!

removing-carpet-stains-after-a-partyAs we come together to celebrate another successful year, it’s a great time to gather indoors and surround ourselves with friends and family.  Both young and old, celebrate with food, drink, and all sorts of merriment!  But, all that extra traffic often results in unsightly stains on our carpets. Here are a few tips to help your carpets recover from the hangover of a great party!

Beer, coffee, tea or wine

Spilled spirits or warm drinks should be cleaned up by blotting up the excess liquid from your carpet immediately, and the stain should be quickly neutralized with a white vinegar solution. Next, work a small amt of detergent (1/4 tsp  to 1 qt of water) into the stain.  Continue working with the detergent mixture until completely removed. Rinsing any detergent remnants from your carpeting by spraying with clean water and blotting with clean towels to remove the excess moisture. To deep dry a larger stain you can apply a stack of paper towels weighing them down to soak up the last of the remaining moisture.

Ketchup, Catsup, mustard, cheese, chocolate, cola, cough syrup, mixed drinks, soft drinks, soy sauce, starch, white glue

Quickly blotting and neutralizing the spot on your rug with an ammonia solution, use a spray bottle to saturate the spot. Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Rinsing any detergent remnants from your carpeting by spraying with clean water and blotting with clean towels to remove the excess moisture. To deep dry a larger stain you can apply a stack of paper towels weighing them down to soak up the last of the remaining moisture.

Cranberry Juice or Jellies

Quickly blotting excess juice up and neutralizing the spot on your rug with a solution of 2/3 of a cup of rubbing alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar, use a spray bottle to saturate the spot. Next, work a small amount of a detergent solution into the spot (1/4 teaspoon detergent per 1 qt. of water) and continue applying detergent and blotting until spot is removed. Rinsing any detergent remnants from your carpeting by spraying with clean water and blotting with clean towels to remove the excess moisture. To deep dry a larger stain you can apply a stack of paper towels weighing them down to soak up the last of the remaining moisture.

Fat based stains gravy, prime rib (unless extra rare), turkey

remove-gravy-carpet-stainsAgain, the key to avoiding permanent stains here is speed.  Immediately begin clean up by scraping off excess gravy, or juices, then sprinkling baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain before it sets into your carpet. Let powder remain standing on the spot for 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum. Using a clean white cloth, begin sponging the stain, from the outside of stain in, with a dry-cleaning solvent. Blot until the solvent is absorbed. Repeat the third and fourth steps until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dish washing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water continue working with the detergent mixture until completely removed. Rinsing any detergent remnants from your carpeting by spraying with clean water and blotting with clean towels to remove the excess moisture. To deep dry a larger stain you can apply a stack of paper towels weighing them down to soak up the last of the remaining moisture.

Blood – broken glasses and spilled meats

Accidents happen. If the bloodstain you’re removing from your carpeting is dry, loosen the stain by gently brushing the stain with a stiff nylon brush. Always working stains from the outside to the center to avoid spreading the stain. This action will break-up the surface deposits so you can vacuum up the loose debris.  Mix one teaspoon of hand dish washing detergent with two cups of cold water. Take a clean, white cloth and dip it in the detergent solution you just mixed.  Blotting the stain directly on the bloodstain repeatedly, always from the outside towards the center of the stain. When your towel is dirty, change towels. Repeat the third, fourth and fifth steps until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth and the stain on your carpet has disappeared.

Glitter

remove-glitter-from-carpetHoliday ornaments are COVERED in glitter, and it gets everywhere. Being vigilant with the vacuum and pet roller will keep it from becoming embedded and troublesome.  If glitter gets away from you or a little one during your decorating you could always embrace it as a style statement! However, if that is not an option try this:

  • If the glitter is mainly on the surface and no one has worked it into the carpeted area you can also use a pet hair or sticky lint roller quite effectively.  We recommend the silicone, non adhesive types but in a pinch…gentle blotting is better than sharp glitter cutting away at the fibers of your carpet.
  • Suck it up! Start by vacuuming without the beater turned on. Expect to have to go over and over the same area – the edges on glitter make it a quite troublesome to get completely out of the woven fibers.
  • For concentrated areas of glitter, start with the hose of your vacuum then follow up with a pet hair or sticky lint roller quite effectively.  We recommend the silicone, non adhesive types but in a pinch…gentle blotting with tape is better than sharp glitter cutting away at the fibers of your carpet.  No lint roller try wrapping some sticky or masking tape around your hand, sticky side out. Then start gently patting, not rubbing, the glitter with your hand. AVOID GRINDING GLITTER INTO THE CARPET.

 

Candle Wax

When the weather turns cold, what is cozier than candle lit nights warming by the fire?  When candles spill on your carpet – here’s a safe and effective method to remove wax from your carpeting.

Stain remover notes

  • The quicker you deal with a carpet stain, the more likely you are to remove it.
  • Always work stains from the outside in
  • Unless it’s a fat stain, cold water is best for rinsing a stain. This will help it to not set into the carpet fibers and make it harder to remove later.
  • Don’t rub the surface of your carpet too harshly trying to remove stains, this can abrade fibers and cause fraying, fading or pilling.
  • The white towel blotting method is often recommended for stain removal. Simply fold a clean white towel and, once you have treated the stain with water, gently dab it with the towel, from the outside in, and check to see how much of the stain has transferred to the white towel.
  • If using commercial stain removers and detergents, always follow the product label to understand the proper use and safety precautions you may need to take.
  • Before using any cleaning solution, test on an inconspicuous section of the carpet, try it in a corner or under a sofa. Ensuring it won’t ruin the color of your carpeting.
  • Always rinse out one cleaning solution before trying another to remove a stain as certain chemicals are not supposed to be mixed.
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