Cleaning Holiday Messes

If you’re hosting the holidays this year, we know you’ll spend much of the time leading up to the festivities cleaning. But it’s true that you’ll spend a couple of days after the party cleaning as well. As careful as your guest may be, accidents can happen, so be prepared for those holiday messes with these cleaning tips.

Wine (or juice)

With people milling around, drinks in hand, it’s likely that you’re going to see some spillage. Whether your carpet has been compromised or your linens soiled, here’s how to handle those stains.

  • Carpet – Be sure to blot the excess liquid out, the wine that hasn’t absorbed into the carpeting yet. Use two cups of warm water, mixed with one teaspoon each of white vinegar and dishwashing soap. Apply mixture to stain and continue blotting until the stain is gone.
  • Cloth Napkin – Coat the stain in salt and let sit for 5 minutes. Place a bowl under the stain, pull the fabric taut, and pour boiling water over the stain.

Remember to blot the stain, rather than rub or scrub it to avoid setting it into the fabric.

Tree Needles

If you’ve opted for a real tree this year, your flooring is probably covered in fallen needles. While the smell and aesthetic of a live tree are such a festive addition to your holiday decorations, cleaning up after a spruce is a little more work than simply setting up an artificial tree.

One easy way to get up all of those needles is to use tape. Wrap a piece of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and press into your flooring to catch all of those loose needles. You could also use a lint roller.

Also, consider the hose attachment of your vacuum cleaner or a rubber broom.

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