The holiday season is full of wonders. Between parties, guests, and kitchen experiments, festive mishaps are inevitable. Carpets and upholstery may have one or more stains unique to this time of year.
DIY tips for removing stains
The internet is full of other “do-it-yourself” tips that can do more harm than good. Using bleach, alcohol, or stain removers can discolor or further damage the fibers of upholstery, rugs, and carpets. Dishwashing detergents and other soaps and cleaners can also leave a residue that attracts dirt over time and makes the stain even dirtier.
If you have a stain or spilled drink, we recommend that you treat it simply. First, use a butter knife or the back of a spoon to remove solids from the spilled food. For liquids, use a clean, dry white cloth or paper towel to wipe the stain as gently as possible. The most important thing is to be patient. Don’t rub the stain or try to work it into the fibers. After repeating this process, use a small amount of clean cold water to dilute the remaining stain and pick up the stain again with a clean, dry white cloth or paper towel. These steps will not make the problem worse and will minimize long-term damage.
To ensure the safe and permanent removal of stains from couch or carpet, we recommend that you have Clean Couches Sydney representative remove all traces of the stain as well as any bacteria that may have settled on the carpet fibers and backing. For the upcoming Christmas season, use our “Clean & Protect” package. This package forms a protective film around the fibers so that spills can be easily removed. Following are some examples of stains
Tree sap and resin
A beautiful Christmas tree can fill a room with a festive atmosphere, but it can also damage upholstery, rugs, and carpets. Tree sap and resin are composed of water, sugar, and nutrients and leave a sticky residue that attracts dirt.
Cranberry sauce is more likely to end up on your carpet than on your food. Cranberries release tannin, which leaves a red stain that is often left after cranberry spills.
Red wine on carpets does not get better over time. Wine, like cranberries, contains tannins that can cause a complex stain that is difficult to remove on your own.
When you’re on vacation and have less sleep and more caffeine, it’s hard to keep the caffeine in the cup.
Sauces can be a double threat – the grease and the dye in the sauce packet.
Soot and ashes can make it unsightly to pass Santa’s gifts down the chimney.
Whether it’s cooking oil or cosmetics containing oil, water spreads dirt and makes it worse. Oil also leaves a residue that attracts dirt and can become a breeding ground for bacteria.
Accidents with pets
Guests, parties, and winter weather are all furry friends to deal with. If your pet has left you an extra gift under the tree, we can help. Even if you do it yourself, you won’t be able to deal with the odors and bacteria left behind. We recommend a professional cleaning to permanently remove the stain and the source of the smell itself.
Candles are a great way to brighten your nose with the scents of the season, but they also leave a very unpleasant stain. The dyes in many candles cause complex staining in addition to the wax residue.
Decorating Christmas cookies is a fun Christmas activity, but it’s not without its risks. Icing also consists of two components: Oil and food coloring.
There are many opportunities (or obligations) to dress up during the holiday season. If you have young children, makeup marks can be left all over the house.
Winter weather can have a huge impact on our homes. Fortunately, wet, muddy or dirty footprints left by loved ones can be cleaned up quickly. Shoes can also be a problem for allergy sufferers, as they often bring pollen and other allergens into the home.
Related: Pet safety when cleaning your home