12 Days of Clean: Treating Holiday Stains You WILL Encounter!

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What a great party you’re having. Everyone seems to be having a great time… when all of a sudden- A spill! So before you get your reindeer panties in a bunch, prep yourself on these 3 common holiday stains and how to clean them.

If you want to have a handy bottle of stain pre-treater on hand, use the one that I love: 1 part dish soap to 2 parts hydrogen peroxide.  The other stain staple I suggest is Oxygen Powder (OXY Clean, etc.) because if a stain doesn’t come out for whatever reason, you can always soak the garment in a mixture of oxy powder and water for an hour or even overnight, and that stain will be gone.  Oxygen powder is much safer than chlorine bleach, but of course always read the care label and test fabric first (if it is a special garment).  In the video, the wine stain didn’t entirely come out, so we soaked the teeshirt in oxygen powder and re-washed it and it looked whiter and brighter than ever.  Not all stains are simple, here are the best ways we know to catch them get rid of them.

Cranberry Sauce

It’s red. It’s delicious. And you bet it’s got a mission to stain. We’ll break down the 3 areas this delectable treat can find itself on and how you can make it disappear.

Fabric

First things first- rinse the stain with cold water. Hot water will cause the stain to embed itself deeper into the fabric which is exactly what you don’t want to happen. Next, mix about a tablespoons worth of white vinegar with ½ a teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent and let it all soak in cold water for 15 minutes. Afterwards, rinse with water and launder (using cold water of course!). You can also use an enzyme-based product, like Oxiclean or Pink Solution, to help get off any cranberry sauce remnants. Alternatively, you can use a sponge and blot the stain with rubbing alcohol, but be sure to rinse the fabric thoroughly before laundering.

 Upholstery

Mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with ⅔ cup of rubbing alcohol. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the area with the vinegar-alcohol solution. Next, blot dry until the liquid is absorbed. Keep repeating the process until the stain disappears. Once it’s gone, use a clean cloth to sponge it with cold water and blot until it’s dry.

Carpet

To make the best solution for carpets, take one tablespoon of dishwashing soap and mix with two cups of cold water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the mixture, then blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep at it until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth. Take a clean cloth and sponge with cold water and blot dry. If you still have cranberry sauce remnants, you can use an enzyme pretreater, like Oxiclean or Pink Solution, on the affected area. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and test it on a small area before using it.

Gravy

First stop on the gravy train is your new linen pants. Here are the three best tips for removing gravy from your clothes, upholstery and carpet.

 Fabric

Start by doing your best to remove any excess gravy to the best of your abilities. Pretreat the affected area with a stain remover or enzyme pretreater like Oxiclean. Always check the labels on a product before using it to ensure it won’t damage the fabric of whatever you are trying to clean. Launder using cold water.

 Upholstery

Try to scrape off as much of the excess gravy as you can. Sprinkle baking soda (or cornstarch) on the stain and let stand for 15 minutes. Vacuum off using a fabric brush. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.  It’s always good to have on hand to use on areas that can’t get wet when cleaning. Blot until the solvent is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears.

 Carpet

For carpets, you can use the same technique as you did with cleaning upholstery. With carpets, you would continue to sponge and blot until the stain is removed or no longer absorbs into your cloth. If the stain just won’t go away, mix a tablespoon of dish soap and a tablespoon of vinegar into two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Continue to blot until the liquid is absorbed. Finish by sponging with cold water and blot dry to remove any remaining solution.

Red Wine

Red, red wine on your white tablecloth? Have no fear! We’ve got a solution for that.

Fabric

Blot up the excess wine immediatley with a paper towel.  Then, sprinkle salt on the blotch to stop it from setting. Pour club soda onto the stain to lift the red wine out, dab away as much as possible with a cloth and then spray with a pretreater.  Follow the care instructions on the item to determine how to launder it accordingly. For whites, you can also add bleach to the wash. But again, always check the label first to see if it’s safe to use.

Upholstery

As with most stains, start by blotting as much of it up as possible. Take 1 tablespoon of dish soap and mix with 2 cups of cold water. With a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the solution you made. Keep blotting until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue to sponge and blot until the stain disappears. Once gone, use a clean cloth to sponge with cold water and blot until it’s dry.

Carpet

Unlike with red wine on upholstery, after blotting up as much as you can, you can either use plain water or a mix of 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of vinegar with 2 cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with whichever liquid you decided to use. Apply a little at a time and blot frequently with a clean, dry cloth until the stain disappears. If you decided to use dish soap with vinegar, sponge the area afterwards with cold water and blot dry.

So now you’re armed with the knowledge.  Go forth and party, and tackle stains with confidence! 

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