The Twelve Stains of Christmas
Written by Jackie Clark on 14 Dec 2018
Christmas can be a tricky time for your home. Trying to keep everywhere looking good between visitors and throughout the celebrations is sometimes a real challenge! To help, here’s our guide to the “Twelve Stains of Christmas” together with some tips of what to do … (and what NOT to do) when faced with the most common Christmas carpet calamities.
Our number 1 Top Tip is
think like a Girl Guide and “Be Prepared”.
By getting together now, a little kit of the items you might need, you can avoid a panic. It can also mean damage limitation, as “yule” (sorry ..) be ready to leap into action quickly and calmly to tackle the problem, as soon as it happens.
For any stain or spill, we recommend keeping it simple. Start by using the back of a butter knife or spoon to remove any solids from food spills. For liquids use a clean, dry white cloth (to avoid any colour transfer) – an old flannel or towel is great – or plain white kitchen roll, to gently blot up as much of the stain as you can. Patience is key and blot, blot, blot is your mantra! You don’t want to grind or push the stains further into the fibres. Repeat the process and then use clean, cold water in small amounts to help dilute the remaining stain, followed by another round of blotting to soak up any moisture.
A drop of bubbly!
Fizzy, mineral or soda water is a good emergency stain-removal stand-by (it’s all about the bubbles!) but, honestly, Chem-Dry Spot Remover is better! It’s so amazing, it’s World Famous! Stock up now – click here to order a can.
By following these steps, you won’t aggravate your problem, you may be able to remove the mark completely and it can also minimize the chance of any lasting damage.
So, let’s get started with No 1 on our list of the twelve most common Christmas carpet stain culprits!
Leaks from the pot your tree is in and staining from crepe paper etc, wrapped around it, are very common staining issues.
To protect your carpet, consider standing the tree on a clear plastic mat, like this one from John Lewis >> Click Here
It’s a while now Saint Delia made cranberries as popular on our shores as they are over the pond. Delicious as they are though, cranberry sauce and cream carpets (or uholstered dining chairs) are not a great team. Make sure sure to place the serving dish on a plate that’s big enough plate for the spoon too, keep the Spot Remover on standby …. or consider serving bread sauce instead.
Please, we beg you, no hurling white wine or salt on any red wine spills!
The first is simply a waste of yet more wine and the second is ruinous for your carpets and fabrics.
Here’s what to do …
Treat coffee spills as you would red wine. Blot as much out as you can, then dilute with water (preferably fizzy)
or our World Famous Spot Remover and then blot, blot, blot again.
Grab your kitchen roll and blot up as much of the spill as possible,
without rubbing or pushing it into the fibres.
Then it’s time for the Chem-Dry Spot Remover, or, if you don’t have any, the soda water.
Your vacuum cleaner is your friend and ally with soot marks.
Use the nozzle attachment to pick up as much soot from the surface of the carpet or rug,
then when you have removed as much as you can that way, run the vacuum cleaner over and over the area until all traces have gone.
NEVER try to remove any soot marks with liquids.
If “grease is the word” on your carpet this Christmas, we have the answer!
Our Chem-Dry Grease & Oil Remover is just the thing to help remove any oily residue from dropped roasties. It really is brilliant for removing oil-based stains that may be a little too tricky for other stain removers to tackle.
Order a can by clicking on the link here >> Grease and Oil Remover
If your pooch or puss makes a puddle … or worse, over the Christmas holidays,
the only real solution is to clear up and then book in to have the carpet cleaned as soon as possible
and treated with our healthy home service.
We receive SO many calls about this over the festive season that, honestly,
investing in some good quality battery operated candle effect lights may be wiser!
However, if wax IS spilt on your carpet, soak up as much as you can with kitchen roll,
without patting it into the fibres.
Carefully remove as much of the spilled icing as possible, using a clean butter knife.
Then, if the icing is butter based, it’s another job for your can of
If not, leave it to dry then run your vacuum cleaner over it until all traces are (hopefully) removed.
If there is a stain, it’s time to reach for your can of
Number 11 in our guide to the Twelve Stains of Christmas, may seem a strange one,
however during the party season we receive a lot of calls about make-up spills and stains.
We’re all rushing around and I think it sometimes makes us a little more clumsy than usual –
or is that just me?
Make up spills are usually a job for our Chem-Dry Grease and Oil Remover
but do take care not to spread the stain.
If you don’t have a porch or utility room, where guests can leave their muddy footwear,
then a large doormat just inside front door is the answer.
Failing that make sure you, when you have your carpets cleaned, you opt for our
popular Clean and Protect service.
Dry muddy footprints are much more likely to vacuum clean away from a carpet treated with Repel.
And finally, a word of warning!
Plenty of the DIY tips you’ll find elsewhere on the internet (even, shockingly, on some “carpet cleaning” websites that we have seen) can cause more harm than good. Using bleaches, alcohol or even laundry stain removers can potentially remove or change the colours or further damage the fibres of your upholstered furniture, carpets and rugs. And soaps or detergents, including washing-up liquid, leave behind dirt attracting residues that can make the area of the stain more susceptible to further soiling over time.
We wish you a very merry, mishap free,
Christmas from our family, to yours