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By: Emily Best
Posted on: Dec 5, 2019

9 Common Holiday Season Stains & Messes (And How to Clean Them Quickly)

During the holiday season your home is likely to resemble a battlefield, especially if you have children and even more so if you have braved the feat of hosting holiday guests! From dealing with all of the discarded wrapping paper to cleaning up wine stains on the carpet, check out these tips we’ve put together for dealing with holiday season messes. Remember: always spot test to ensure no damage is caused to the surfaces of your flooring, furniture, and surfaces.

  1. How to remove juice stains
    If you are hosting younger guests, there’s likely to be lots of running around with drinks in hand, and that can mean juice stains on the carpet. It might look like the carpet has met its untimely demise, but before you send the troublemakers for a timeout, try blotting up the excess juice, then use cool water mixed with liquid soap to treat the stain.
  2. How to remove blood stains from clothes
    Here’s to hoping no one seriously injures themselves during holiday dinner. However, anything from a paper cut from the wrapping paper to an overly-enthusiastic toast which shatters your wine glasses can result in a blood stain. Simply blotting with water can work - just remember not to use warm water in the momentary panic – only cold! Heat will make the stain set. If you can, add two tablespoons of salt or ammonia to the stain. Machine washing can also help.
  3. How to deal with broken glass
    Unless you’ve decided to have a throwback festive party and return to the glory days of your youth with red solo cups, you are inevitably running the risk of a couple of broken glasses throughout the night. To mitigate having any bits left behind try this: sweep up as much of the glass as possible with a dustpan and brush, then use slices of bread to mop up any tiny shards that might be left. Wrap in newspaper and put it in the trash! Don't forget to give the area a good once over with a vacuum cleaner if you have one handy.
  4. How to remove grease stains
    For any runaway globs of greasy food that have left a stain behind, we advise sprinkling baby powder over the stain and letting it soak in, then vacuuming the area or brushing the powder away (for dark stains, finish off with standard stain remover).
  5. How to remove red wine stains
    The nightmare of every hostess who is a fan of white tablecloths and napkins, red wine spills can be tackled by covering them with salt, let it soak in, then vacuuming. Follow up with a bit of white wine - don't forget to pour yourself a glass too! You've earned it.
  6. How to remove chewing gum from furniture
    Should you be unfortunate enough to have chewing gum stuck on your furniture, try rubbing an ice cube over the gum to make it easier to remove, and use a blunt piece of cutlery (a butter knife or a spoon will work well) to pick at it until it comes off.
  7. How to remove coffee stains
    Should any of the coffee you serve with dessert end up on your special holiday tablecloth, you can rectify the situation by blotting any excess liquid, then rubbing some club soda into the stain to minimize it.
  8. How to remove wax from flooring
    Cinnamon or pine tree scented candles are all well and good, until one of them gets knocked over and your hardwood floors are covered in wax. Not to worry though, you don’t have to start sanding the floor just yet. Use a scraper to remove the hardened wax, going in the direction of the wood grain, then cover the stain with was paper or a towel and iron on a low-medium heat, being careful not to burn it – this should help you get rid of any stubborn bits. You can also use TORLYS EcoCare Cleaning Kit to help make cleaning your hardwood floors a breeze so that your floors keep looking fresh.
  9. Wrapping Paper
    Of all the holiday season messes, this one is the easiest to tackle. Before the unwrapping begins, have a trash bag at the ready. Each time a gift is opened, put the discarded wrapping paper straight into the trash bag. For everything else, simply fold any wrapping paper that you would like to reuse, and recycle the rest. This is a quick way to make your home look significantly less messy, and you could turn it into a race for the kids – who can put away their presents and wrapping paper the quickest??

We wish all of The Cleaner Home readers a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season! Learn more about products for a cleaner and happier home by visiting our Partners section.