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Holiday Clean-up Tips

The holidays are a time of festive gatherings and parties with good cheer and the inevitable…mess.

Celebrate without worrying about the mess

Thinking of hosting a holiday party? Not to worry, we have some tips that will take the worry out of host/hostess clean-up.

We have some DIY tips on how to tackle those stains caused by:

1. Light beer, white wine or champagne

2. Red wine or cranberry

3. Meat gravy, blood or other protein-based whoops

If the job is too big or your not comfortable doing it yourself, call us we'll have your floors looking god as new!

light beer, white wine or champagne using diluted dish soap and a light-colored rag. If confetti, which can leave colorful stains behind on hard surfaces, furniture or carpet, dabbing rubbing alcohol on the dye using a damp rag will take them out.

Red win or cranberry stain

For cranberry juice spilled on a carpet, use a white paper towel or old white cloth to blot up as much of the liquid as possible. For cranberry sauces, use a dull knife to lift away any solids. Don't rub either type of stain! Rubbing will make the stain harder to remove as the cranberry gets ground deeper into the carpet or upholstery fibers.

To remove the dye component of the stain, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (brand names are: OxiClean, Nellie's All Natural Oxygen Brightener, or OXO Brite) in cool water following package directions. Dip a clean cloth into the solution and working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center to prevent spreading, work the solution into the carpet. Do not over saturate the carpet. Allow the solution to remain on the stain for at least 30 minutes before blotting away.

Meat gravy, blood protein -based stains on carpet or upholstered furniture or bed linens, an enzymatic-based product like Zout is your go-to — no one wants to think about it, but you sure will be glad you did when it happens.

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