Unpleasant holiday carpet stains are common when it comes to entertaining family and friends. With the increased amount of foot traffic, keeping carpets soil and stain-free can be a difficult task.
An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure. We are here to offer the following home remedies to help families maintain their healthy carpets and minimize stains over the holidays:
Place holiday-inspired doormats in each entryway and other high-traffic areas to protect carpets from unnecessary wear and tear. Not only will the themed mats capture guest's attention, but they will also encourage guests to wipe their feet before they enter each room.
When those holiday party stains inevitably happen, act quickly to remove unexpected stains. Blot the area using a terry cloth or paper towel with cold water or club soda to soak up as much liquid as possible - DO NOT RUB as this can cause damage and ingrain the stain. It is essential to dilute the stain immediately. Avoid using an excessive amount of water, which can cause the stain to sink deeper into the carpet pad, making it more difficult to remove.
The next step is to pre-treat the area with the following DIY carpet cleaning solutions.For non-greasy spills, sponge with a solution made of one teaspoon liquid detergent to one cup water.
Holidays mean, lots of family, fun and FOOD. For greasy spills, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the stain. Let it stand for 10 to 15 minutes and then vacuum. Next, sponge with a solution made of one tablespoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Lastly, sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the vinegar solution.
Did the colder weather mean pets were inside longer? For pet stains, sponge freely with cold water. Apply a solution made of three tablespoons white vinegar to one quart water.
Did that cocktail party get a little out of hand? For red wine spills, use white wine, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda or club soda to neutralize the stain. Pour the neutralizer over the wine stain and use a clean towel to begin blotting up the liquid. Dampen a sponge with cold water and blot it on the stain. Next, shake salt onto the stain to help deter the wine from setting into the carpet. Keep applying salt until it no longer absorbs the wine. After this, add another layer of salt, cover the area with a layer of paper towels, place a heavy object on top and allow it to sit overnight. Remove the paper towels the following morning and vacuum the area.
When applying spot remover or homemade solution, start from the outside edge of the spill and work in a spiral toward the center to prevent it from spreading. Work the spotter into the spill using a spoon to prevent damage to carpet fibers.
For holiday stains that are too stubborn for home remedies, consumers can call the experts at 2700 Services at 804-592-6830 or email email@example.com to get a free estimate and schedule a cleaning.
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