Before you roll out the red carpet to family and friends this holiday season, you may want to put a professional cleaner on speed dial.
In a recent Harris Poll, it was noted that at least two-thirds of American residences will experience a spill resulting in a spot or stain on their carpet or upholstery during the holiday season.
The study found a tie for the most common holiday-spilled substance, with 26 percent of participants reporting each chocolate and dyed-fruit drinks.
Other commonly spilled substances during the holiday were:
• Grease, 23 percent
• Wine, 21 percent
• Candle wax, 19 percent
• Vomit, 18 percent
• Beer, 16 percent
• Gravy, 15 percent
• Butter, 10 percent.
If these spills aren’t properly treated, the stains can leave you with a lasting memory long after the holiday season has passed. So what do you do?
Blot, Dilute and Blot.”
2. Dilute the stain with water, which is safe to use on most fabrics.
3. Blot the spot again, using another white absorbent towel, to remove any excess water.
4. Once you’ve treated the spot, cover it with a folded towel & place a heavy object over it to help absorb any additional liquid.
5. Call in a professional to further limit any remaining discoloration.