The season of fall is all about joy, happiness, and getting together for fun and family meetups. As a host, you do feel happy to welcome the guests and family living far away for a good family reunion and enjoy the time you spend together. Many people host large parties and dinners at their place to meet and greet people who have been busy all year around. But in all this festivity, maintaining cleanliness poses a challenge.
No matter how much you try to be careful, accidents still happen. A bowl of punch may slip from someone’s hand on to the couch, or a platter of cookies may crash on the carpet. What is more, with so many people living under the same roof, your floors and carpets are bound to get muddy all the time.
With all the cooking and the troubleshooting, there is only so much that you can do yourself, which is why you need smart carpet cleaning solutions to tide you over the holidays. In this article, we bring you some of the most effective rug cleaner solutions that you can use during Fall Celebrations.
So let’s get started with how you can protect your carpets from different kinds of stains:
Wine and Beer Stains
Well, celebrations and holidays are all about wine and beer, and they are bound to spill no matter how careful you are! Wine and beer stains can be stubborn if not treated the right way. If someone has spilled their drink on your favorite Afghan, follow the steps mentioned below instead of crying over spilled milk (pun intended):
- Drench a washcloth in club soda, and then wring out the excess.
- Use that washcloth to blot the stain.
- Make a mixture of vinegar and water and spray it on the stain.
- Let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Once again, blot the stain with a clean sponge.
- Now rinse the stain with lukewarm water and use a clean cloth to soak in the dampness.
These simple steps are effective in getting rid of any wine or beer stain from your carpets or rugs.
Candle Wax Stains
Celebrations include a lot of candles littered around the house, especially the scented ones that create the perfect fall ambiance and give off a beautiful scent as well. Although you can use LED candles, they don’t provide the same oomph as the real thing. If you prefer wax candles, then be prepared for some stains.
To take off the melted wax stains from your carpet, do the following:
- First of all, carefully scrape off the wax from the carpet.
- Place a paper towel and then apply heat on top (you can do this using an iron or a blow dryer at the max heat setting).
- Once the paper heats up, the wax will shift from the carpet to the paper.
Halloween is all about candies and treats, and if you have kids in your house, then there are high chances of getting candy stains on your rugs, mats, and carpets. Follow these steps to take off candies from your carpet:
- Scrape off the candy from the surface with a blunt knife.
- Use a mix of mild soap and water to clean the surface.
- Lastly, blot the area with a clean towel.
Another possibility during the fall celebration is getting a gum stick to your carpet. A piece of gum can cause a lot of trouble as it refuses to come out and ruins the carpet. Here is how you can get rid of a gum stuck to your carpet:
- Take a few ice cubes from the freezer and put them on top of the gum to freeze it.
- Wait for about 30 seconds.
- Peel/ scrape off the gum up with a butter knife. The gum will become hard and easier to scrape.
Grease and oil
Got a stain of grease or oil on your carpet? Don’t worry; you have what it takes to get rid of oil and grease stain right in your kitchen (ironic, I know). The magic solution? A dishwasher detergent! Yes, dishwasher detergent can be used to clean stains from your carpets in a jiffy.
Here is what you have to do:
- Just mix a few drops of your dishwashing detergent in a cup of water and use that on the stained area.
- Use a cloth to soak up the dampness, and your carpet will be good as new!
A Few Tips to Keep in Mind for Cleaning Carpets:
If you aren’t an expert at cleaning, then these are some of the tips that you can keep in mind while cleaning carpets at home:
Blot Not Rub
Too often, when we see a stain, we start to rub like our life depends on it. However, that can cause even more mess. The key is to remember that when cleaning carpets, one must always blot not rub!
Use a cleaning cloth, sponge, or paper towels to blot the stains. While blotting, use minimal pressure to soak up the stain or any liquid residue. Start blotting from outside and gradually move inwards, so the stain doesn’t spread.
Club soda is really effective in treating stains on carpets. You can mix vinegar and water and use it as a cleaning solution; it is a cost-effective and efficient cleaning solution.
Another home ingredient for cleaning is shaving cream. Shaving cream can clean almost all types of stain from the carpet and is readily available in most homes. Simply put some shaving cream directly on the stain and wait for half an hour before cleaning it with water and a clean sponge.
Dishwashing detergent also helps in getting rid of stains from carpets and is present in every household. The detergents are good for getting rid of oil and grease; simply dilute the detergent using water, then pour it on the stain, and blot it. Within minutes, you will see the stain vanish.
Hydrogen Peroxide Helps with Blood Stains
If by chance, there is such an accident where your carpet gets stained with blood, you can use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains from the carpet. Hydrogen peroxide is also easily available in the market, and you can keep it at home for cleaning purposes.
To Sum it Up
These are some of the tips you can use to get rid of stains from your carpets during the fall celebrations. With happiness, meetups, and family get-togethers, there is a high chance that food and liquid will be spilled and therefore, you must be prepared to defend your carpets.
We have presented some tried and tested carpet cleaning remedies. Do you know any?