First, prepare an emergency stain kit with the following essential stain busters: white vinegar; baking soda; unprinted white paper towels; clear dishwashing detergent; a laundry...

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It’s one thing to fill your home with friends, family and food for the holidays, and quite another when they leave behind little reminders in the joyous colors of the season — red wine on the carpet, brown chocolate on the couch, a sickly yellow blob of melted butter on the tablecloth. Keep the memories, get rid of the stains, with these tips:

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First, prepare an emergency stain kit
with the following essential stain busters: white vinegar; baking soda; unprinted white paper towels; clear dishwashing detergent; a laundry presoak solution; a dry powdered carpet cleaner; a dry, non-oily, non-caustic cleaning solvent; and a non-bleaching clothing spot remover.


Second, know that not all carpet fibers react the same way when treated.

Before proceeding with any cleaning procedure, contact the appropriate fiber company for its suggested maintenance guidelines. Failure to follow these guidelines may void your warranty.


For chocolate or berries:

First, scrape or blot up the excess food. Mix ½ teaspoon of clear dishwashing detergent in 1 cup of warm water, and dab on the spot with a damp paper towel. Keep blotting. Next, dab on undiluted white vinegar, and blot again. Rinse by dabbing with a damp sponge. Blot once more and finish by applying a weighted pad of white paper towels overnight.


For butter, shortening or cooking oil:

Apply a dry-cleaning solvent with a damp paper towel. Blot the stain, since rubbing will only embed it further. Repeat these steps, then apply water with a damp paper towel and blot-finish with a weighted pad of paper towels.



Information



A guide to stain removal

is available from Carpet One at www.carpetone.com or call 1-800-CARPET1.


For spilled drinks:

Blot (don’t rub) the excess, then apply detergent solution with a damp paper towel. For coffee, mixed-drink and red-wine stains, leave on for three to five minutes. Then, for all types of drinks, apply undiluted white vinegar, using a damp paper towel. Next (for everything but red wine), apply water with a damp sponge. Finally, for all drinks, blot-finish with a weighted pad of paper towels.


For candle wax:

Scrape off the excess wax with the blunt edge of a butter knife. Cover the stain with brown paper and apply a warm iron until the material is absorbed. (Be sure the paper is large enough to cover the stained area, and avoid touching the carpet with the iron, since the fiber might melt.) Change the paper and repeat until the material is completely absorbed.


Source: Carpet One