It’s that time of year again! The tree is up, the music is blaring, and everyone’s getting ready for the festive break. And even though this year might look a little different than usual, there is no reason we can’t get into the Christmas spirit and enjoy spending some time with our family in our holiday bubbles.
But with family get togethers come spillages, which can very easily lead to stains. Christmas is a very tough time for your carpets, but if you act quickly, you can stop a little accident turning into a permanent reminder. This year, we’ve put together a list of the 12 most common carpet stains we see at Christmas (both at home and when doing repairs!), and some tips on how you can deal with them before they set in. Starting with the food stains.
Whether you serve it room temperature or mulled, red wine is a pretty popular festive drink. And it’s also one of the worst things you can spill on your carpet. Red wine stains are notoriously difficult to get out, so it’s important to treat it before it has the chance to set it. So as soon as you see it, you need to spray or drizzle some water over the area to keep it wet. Then grab an old tea towel and blot up as much of the wine as you can, being careful not to spread the stain. Keep applying water and dabbing it up to dilute the area as much as possible. When you think you’ve done as much as you can, apply carpet cleaner.
Have sticky fingers turned into a sticky carpet? Not to worry. Mix some washing-up liquid in warm water, and use a sponge to work the bubbly water into the stained area. You might need to do this a few times, but the stain should lift fairly easily and not require any further attention.
It wouldn’t be a Christmas meal without cranberry sauce. But while it might taste delicious, that signature red look is notorious for staining – and many a tablecloth has been thrown out because of it. First you need to remove the excess from the surface, and mix some washing-up liquid with warm water. Use a sponge to blot at the affected area (not wipe), and keep repeating this until the stain is gone.
Like cranberry sauce, gravy is one of those things that isn’t spilt, so much as ‘dripped’ all over the place. If yours has splashed or run onto your carpet, you can deal with it in a very similar way. Once again, clean away the excess and then break out your trusty washing-up liquid and warm water. Once you’ve sponged away as much of the stain as you can, get a new sponge and dab it with cold water, before drying with a dry cloth.
Mince Pies / Christmas Puddings
Crumbly, sticky and sweet, it wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies and Christmas pudding. But a spoonful landing on your carpet could get very messy, especially if there’s brandy butter involved. But as with all of the food stains, it’s your trusty washing-up liquid and water to the rescue again – once you’ve scraped off as much of the excess as you can. With mince pies, you might want to run a hoover over the spot to make sure you aren’t crushing pastry crumbs into the carpet.
Whether it’s a pick-me-up early Christmas morning or a way to wind down your evening once all the presents are open, spilling coffee is something that can and does happen to almost everyone. If this happens to you, grab some bicarbonate of soda and mix it with warm water to form a paste. Apply a thick layer to the stain and leave it to work its magic, around 10 minutes usually does the trick. Then when you think it’s ready, use a sturdy brush to work the stain out of the carpet, and you should have a clean carpet again.
You might have noticed a bit of a theme here – an thankfully it’s a really simple one. Washing up liquid is a great go-to for cleaning out food stains, because it’s designed to cut through the grease and food. So more often than not, just some washing up liquid and hot water will be enough.
That’s all for this week! Come back in a couple of days to read the next instalment, which covers all the non-food stains you might encounter during Christmas time. From soot to tree sap, old Christmas tree water and candle wax, we’ll take you through how to protect your carpet from them all. If you need advice about maintaining your floors, or would like a change for 2021, just get in touch with Floor24, and we’d be happy to help.