3 Common Christmas Stains
Christmas is coming – it’s just a matter of weeks away. The lead up to Christmas often consists of a crescendo of Christmas parties and get togethers that can take its toll on you and your home environment.
Keep this post handy for Christmas party season just in case of spills.
How to remove a beer stain:
A nice cold beer – there’s nothing better in summer. But beer contains sugar and you may think that beer is not that difficult to clean up, but when the sugar gets left behind, it will attract dirt and grime and cause an ugly grey stain to magically appear, long after you’ve forgotten that you spilt a beer there!
Step 1 A:
For fresh spills soak up as much liquid as you can with paper towelling or a clean white cloth. Use downward pressure and keep it up until there’s no more moisture appearing on the towelling.
Step 1 B:
If the spill has dried on the carpet use Electro 3 Spot & Stain Remover (available from Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning Canberra) or rubbing alcohol, and gently rub it into the carpet in one direction and then the other. This should remove the sugar.
Sponge the area with a mix of one litre of water with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid then blot up the moisture.
Repeat step 2 but with fresh clean water and blot until dry again.
How to remove a red wine stain:
Blot with a paper towel or clean white cloth, applying even downward pressure being careful not to spread the stain further. Keep doing this until there is no more transfer of wine to the cloth. If it’s an old dry stain, move straight to step 2.
In a spray bottle, mix 75 mls of white vinegar with 150 mls of water and spray onto the stain then blot with the clean white cloth again. Keep spraying blotting until no more stain transfers to the cloth.
Mix 1 tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with 1 litre of water and spray or sponge onto the stain, blotting again, until there is no more transfer.
Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and heavy pressure to absorb all the moisture. Keep repeating until there is no more detergent or vinegar smell.
How to remove a cream stain:
Will you have cream with your Christmas pudding or do you prefer trifle? Either way, cream can be a difficult stain to treat due to the fats and proteins that it contains. The nasty smell comes from the bacteria that enjoy it as a food source. And just to make it trickier the fats and proteins contained in the cream will coat the carpet fibres and attract dirt and grime, causing ugly grey stains.
Remove excess cream with a blunt knife or spoon, working from the outside edge inwards so that you don’t spread the stain.
Mix 2 cups of warm water with 1 tablespoon of detergent and spray or sponge it on, then blot with paper towelling or a clean white cloth using downward pressure. Resist the urge to scrub as you will only be pushing the stain further and deeper into the base of the carpet fibres.
Rinse the stain with fresh water and blot again until there is no more moisture transference.
Treat with Electro 3 Spot & Stain Remover (available from Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning Canberra) to be sure that the fats and proteins have been removed.
If you have done everything you can to remove the stain and smell but are still unhappy with the result, it may mean that the stain has leached into the carpet backing. The Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning Canberra technicians can inject an anti-bacterial treatment into your carpet backing to help fix this problem.
Electrodry Carpet Dry Cleaning Canberra have a range of specialised treatments for different kinds of stains. If you are unhappy with your stain removal efforts, please don’t hesitate to call the professionals and get the job done properly!