'Tis the Season: Holiday Stain Solvers

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The holiday season brings thoughts of shopping, decorations, family gatherings, and of course, feasts – big feasts.  Every holiday involves food, so naturally there will be stains – gravy, eggnog, red wine – you get the picture.  Here to save the holidays are some helpful tips on getting those feast stains out so you can enjoy the holidays before they disappear.

RED WINE

1)      Blot up as much of the spilled wine as possible

2)      Use plain water or mix 1 Tbsp of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, 1 Tbsp white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water.

3)      Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with plain water or the detergent/vinegar solution.  Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.

4)      If using the detergent/vinegar solution, sponge with cold water and blot dry.

GRAVY

1)      Scrape off excess gravy

2)      Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch or other absorbent on stain.  Let stand for 10-15 minutes and then vacuum.

3)      Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4)      Blot until solvent is absorbed.

5)      Repeat steps 3 & 4 until stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth

6)      If stain remains, mix 1 Tbsp liquid hand dishwashing detergent, 1 Tbsp white vinegar with 2 cups of warm water

7)      Sponge with cold water and blot to remove the detergent/vinegar solution

CRANBERRY/JUICE/SAUCE

1)      Mix 1 Tbsp of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of cool water

2)      Using a clean, white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution

3)      Blot until liquid is absorbed

4)      Repeat steps 2 & 3 until stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth

5)      If stain remains, mix 1 Tbsp ammonia with 2 cups warm water

6)      Sponge the stain with ammonia solution – blot until liquid is absorbed

7)      Sponge with cold water and blot dry

SWEET POTATO/PUMPKIN PIE & EGGNOG

1)      Scrape off excess

2)      Mix 1 Tbsp liquid hand dishwashing detergent with 2 cups warm water

3)      Using a clean white cloth, sponge stain with detergent solution

4)      Blot until liquid is absorbed

5)      Repeat steps 3 & 4 until stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into cloth

6)      If stain remains, mix 1 Tbsp ammonia with 2 cups of warm water

7)      Sponge stain with ammonia solution – blot until liquid is absorbed

8)      Sponge with cold water and blot dry

CANDLE WAX

1)      If still soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off excess wax

2)      Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent

3)      Cover stain with clean white cloth and press, using tip of warm iron to  transfer wax to cloth

4)      Repeat using a clean portion of cloth until all wax is transferred from carpet to cloth

5)      If color stain remains, sponge stain again with the dry-cleaning solvent.  Blot dry.

PINE RESIN/SAP

1)      Using a clean white cloth, sponge stain with rubbing alcohol

2)      Compress down on stain and blot until liquid is absorbed

3)      If stain remains, sponge with turpentine

4)      Mix 1 Tbsp liquid hand dishwashing detergent with 2 cups of warm water

5)      Sponge stain with detergent solution and blot until liquid is absorbed

6)      Repeat, with alternating applications of turpentine and detergent solution until stain disappears

7)      Sponge with cold water and blot dry

If you are still having trouble getting the stains out, Call Green Clean at 763.789.9600.  We can gladly assist with our green stain fighting products quickly so you can enjoy your holidays with friends and family.