spilled wine on carpetThe holiday season is in full swing, which means it is the time of year when friends and family come over for dinners, parties, and other holiday gatherings. It’s great to be able to spend extra quality time with friends and family, but sometimes having a lot of guests over can wreak havoc on your home – especially on the carpet flooring! Here are some tips that Floor Coverings International Birmingham has for getting pesky stains out of your carpet in order to keep your Birmingham home looking its best.

3 Tips For Getting Rid Of Carpet Stains

Here are some of the best stain removal tactics for holiday carpet stains:

  1. Act fast

One of the biggest keys to getting stains out of carpet is acting quickly, preferably as soon as the spill happens. You need to remove the access liquid or solids immediately. This gives you a better chance at preventing the stain from being permanent.

  1. Use a carpet cleaner or club soda

The best antidote to a stain from something like wine or coffee is a stain remover, which can be found in any general store or grocery store. Again, it’s important to act quickly for the best chance of getting the stain completely out. Spray or dab on the carpet flooring cleaner and follow the directions. Often you’ll need to wait several minutes before the carpet cleaner will take effect and then you can begin to remove it. In a pinch, club soda can help get out any liquid that’s just been spilled and can help loosen up oily stains.

  1. Blot the stain

It’s important to take care when wiping up the stain and carpet cleaner. The best way to do it is by blotting the stain so that you don’t rub the stain further into the carpet fibers. Using a paper towel or rag, continuously blot the stain until you’ve picked up everything you can – be sure to avoid rubbing the carpet, as this may damage your carpet. Remember to keep changing out the paper towel or rag if it gets too dirty.

Tips For Stain Prevention

Of course, there are always some other things you can do to prevent carpet stains when people are at your Birmingham house.

For one, have people congregate in a room with tile, wood, or laminate flooring since it’s easy to clean up spills on these surfaces. Second, choose food items that aren’t known for staining. For example, you’ll have a higher chance of staining with red wine, dark fruit juices, dark sauces, etc. Finally, make sure that everyone has a plate and that napkins are available!

Use all of these tips from Floor Coverings International Birmingham to make your holiday get-together stain-free this year.

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