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Christmas Stain Removal Tips

With Christmas fast approaching and Christmas parties being planned, you’ll need to make sure your home is in top-notch condition.

What happens if you get goose fat on your kitchen floor or cranberry sauce on the carpet? We explain how to remove Christmas stains below.

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What do the experts have to say?

We are experts in cleaning carpets, upholstery and curtains and we would always say the best way to treat a stain is to have a modern soil-resistant treatment professionally applied to your floors and furniture before Christmas.

This means that if the worst does happen and a relative ends up dripping gravy all over your chairs you won’t lose your Christmas spirit!

Modern soil resistant treatments such as Fabritec from ServiceMaster Clean are fluorocarbon-based and coat the fibres of the fabric with a non-stick surface, similar to that of a non-stick frying pan.  As long as you dash to get a cloth to absorb the spill immediately you should get away with a totally stain-free Christmas.

Christmas Stain Removal Tips

Add these essential stain removing items to the  Christmas shopping basket; Clean white cloth (cheap flannels are perfect)white vinegar, soap flakes, vodka, white spirit, blotting paper, talcum powder, and remember to always test the treatment in an inconspicuous area first.

  • Cranberry Sauce & Christmas Pudding
    – Scrape away as much as possible, then with a dry cloth, apply a little white vinegar in a sponging action
    – Apply soap flakes (A teaspoonful to a mug of warm water) dab with white vinegar followed by more of the soap solution
    – Rinse with water, dry and the stain should be removed
  • Wine
    – Absorb as much of the wine as possible with kitchen towels then dampen the area with a light spray of water
    – Sprinkle with plenty of talcum powder and cover with more kitchen paper,  a piece of cling film, a heavy book and leave for 12 hours
    – The talcum powder will absorb all the wine and can then be vacuumed away
  • Gravy
    – Scrape up as much as possible.
    – Dab with a soap flakes mixture(A teaspoonful to a mug of warm water), gently sponge (don’t rub) this mixture onto the stain and allow to sit for at least three minutes
    – Absorb the soap mixture with a clean white cotton cloth, repeat until no transfer is visible
    – Rinse with clean water and absorb with a clean white cloth
    – Dry with a hairdryer or leave to naturally dry
  • Goose fat, Brandy butter or Chocolate
    – Same instructions as above
    –  Before drying wipe over with Vodka. You can get yourself a vodka and coke afterwards to treat yourself for your hard work!
  • Tea or Coffee
    – Rinse out with cold water, absorb the water with a clean white cloth until there is no more transfer
    – If any marks are left, call in the professionals
  • Christmas Tree Sap
    – Dab the tree sap with a spot of white spirit on a dry cloth, followed by soap flakes (around a teaspoonful to a mug of warm water)
    – Gently sponge this mixture onto the stain and allow to sit for at least three minutes.
    – Sponge the entire residue out while keeping the stain as dry as possible
  • Candle Wax
    – Place blotting paper over the wax; using the point of an iron warm the stain up until it is absorbed by the paper
    – Keep moving the paper over candle wax until it is all absorbed
    – Dab white spirit onto it with a clean cloth
    – If a colour stain remains, call in the professionals

 

With these tips on cleaning stains, we hope you have a stain-free Christmas. If you’re unsure on how to remove anything from your fabrics then get in contact with us.

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