The festive season often brings joy and warmth to our homes, along with the potential for accidental spills and stains on our carpets. From mulled wine mishaps to Christmas tree sap surprises, dealing with holiday-related carpet stains can be stressful. If you are facing the dilemma of cleaning the pesky stains yourself, this blog is for you.
Here, we have listed the five most common Christmas stains and discussed the best way to tackle them. It will help you remove the stubborn stains from your carpet and restore it to its original condition.
Tips to Remove Common Christmas Stains From Carpets
⇒ Red Wine
Red wine is a staple of any Christmas celebration, and if you have red wine at your gathering, there is a high chance of your clumsy uncle spilling it all over your beautiful carpet.
If this happens, act quickly and blot the stain with a microfiber cloth till you get all the red wine. Then, pour some club soda on the stained area and blot again with a clean cloth. For dried red wine stains, use a hydrogen peroxide and dish soap solution in a 2:1 ratio.
Melted chocolate is another common Christmas stain on your carpet, as kids are likely to drop it on the carpet. Remove the excess chocolate from the carpet and place an ice pack on the remaining pieces.
Wait for the chocolate to harden and scrape it using a butter knife. Vacuum the debris and spray a DIY cleaning solution of rubbing alcohol on the stain. Wait for a few minutes, then blot with a clean cloth.
Eggnog spills can smell really bad, as the beverage contains brandy, dairy and beaten eggs! So you should act quickly and lift the liquid with a spoon, then use paper towels to blot the remaining area.
Spray some cold water on the eggnog stains to dilute it. Next, prepare a cleaning solution by mixing two tablespoons of dishwashing liquid into 1 cup of warm water. Apply the solution and let it sit for a few minutes to break down the stain. Blot away the residue and repeat.
The best part about Christmas is the food. But gravy spills can result in nasty red and orange marks on your carpet. To treat the gravy stains, use a solution of one tablespoon of liquid dish soap and white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Spray it on the stained area and wait 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Blot gently and dry with a clean cloth. If this fails, mix 1/4th cup of rubbing alcohol with a teaspoon of white vinegar and use this solution on the stain.
⇒ Tree Sap
There is nothing more magical than decorating a real Christmas tree for the holidays. But for this, you have to deal with ugly tree sap stains on the carpet for the rest of the year.
So, start hardening the tree sap by placing an ice pack on it. Scrape the hardened sap with a utility knife and vacuum the debris. Then, mix two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and 1 cup of water.
Apply the solution with a soft-bristled brush and let it sit for a while. Blot away the solution and rinse with cold water. Pat dry with a clean towel and let the area dry.
Using the tips mentioned above, you can remove common carpet stains from the carpet. But before using any solution or ingredient on the carpet, test it out on a small hidden part. Watch out for any signs of wear and discolouration, and look for alternatives.