Removing stains at Christmas time

With Christmas fast approaching 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.

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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