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How to Clean the Most Common After Party Stains

People holding wine glasses at a house party

Oh joyful times! Christmas is right around the corner, you’ve planned the festive menu and invited family and friends to share the holiday spirit with you. What’s not so joyful, though, is all the cleaning you’ll have to do when everyone is gone. Perhaps you need some pro ideas how to get rid of the most common after party stains. You came to the right place!

1. Wine

What kind of Christmas house party it would be if you don’t serve wine (even if it’s non-alcoholic)? It’s a traditional component of the festive dinner and lunch. Oh, but the stains it leaves! There will always be someone who’s a had a little too much of it or a kid who got excited and flipped the glass on the freshly cleaned carpet. Don’t worry, if that happens, here’s what you do.

  • If the stain is still wet – absorb the remains of the wine with a cotton cloth, then sprinkle some baking soda on it. Leave for a while and then clean with dish detergent and sponge.
  • If the stain is dry – mix equal parts of dish detergent, warm water and white vinegar and use the solution to remove the stain.

2. Chocolate

Can you imagine Christmas holidays with no chocolate at all? We can’t. Therefore, we know that’s one of the most common stains, people usually struggle to deal with. Here’s how to clean it:

  • Scrape the chocolate as much as you can using a butter knife. Then mix 1 part of dish detergent with 3 parts of hydrogen peroxide (3%). Be careful with the peroxide, because it can actually cause further damage. If you are not sure you want to use it or don’t have it at the moment, you can substitute with white vinegar. After you’ve applied the solution, let it stay on the stain for about 15 minutes and then carefully rinse with warm water.

3. Cranberry Sauce

Traditional Christmas lunch includes turkey with cranberry sauce. And as yummy as this is, the sauce leaves terrible stains. Thankfully, we know the solution for it.

  • Cranberry sauce is usually thick, so remove what’s on the surface with a napkin or a cotton cloth. Then mix a tablespoon of white vinegar with half a spoon liquid detergent and add cool water. Leave the solution on the spot for 15 minutes and rinse. If the stain is still there, you can try scrubbing with a bit of alcohol.

4. Greasy Foods

It’s a festive time, so time to feast on a variety of mouthwatering dishes. The problem comes when some or most of them don’t stay on the plate. Greasy stains can be a pain to clean up, however, we know how to.

  • First of all, it will take time. You need to sprinkle salt and baby powder on the stain and leave it like this overnight. This should absorb the grease, leaving only the colour to remove. Wipe off the powder and salt in the morning, then use dish detergent to finish off.

5. Coffee

Those lazy mornings between Christmas and New Year usually start with a cup of hot aromatic coffee. Then the dog passes by while you were watching your favourite TV show and the coffee is now beautifully sprayed all over your carpet. Don’t enter panic mode. Just follow these steps:

  • Mix 1 tbsp dish detergent with 1 tbsp white vinegar and 2 cups cool water. Apply to the stain and scrub gently.

Do you have any other stains you usually have to deal with after a party? Ask us how to remove them in the comments and we’ll give you the answer. If you can’t be bothered with any stain management at all, just call us or book an appointment and we’ll handle that for you.

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