In keeping with the spirit of the season, Steaming Wright Cleaning would like to give you a few helpful holiday cleaning hints to get you through the ‘…happiest time of the year…’! We all know how busy this time of the year can be. Unfortunately, what is supposed to be the happiest of times can turn out to be one of the most stressful times of the year. But not to fear, we are here for you! So, take a deep breath, make yourself a soothing cup of hot cocoa, grab your reading glasses and have a seat in your favorite recliner. These holiday hacks will help you handle any unexpected snafus the Grinch may throw at you this Christmas.
One of the most important things you can do to help keep your carpets clean any time of the year is to make sure that you have them treated with Scotchgard after every cleaning. When you experience a spill, you should be able to wipe it right up as long as you do it right away!
Many of the uglies that stain your precious carpets are acid-based. Things like teas, coffee, wines, those pesky pet oh-nos and even salsa are all acid based stains.
For stains like these:
- First blot only the stained area lightly with clean, plain white paper towels. Be sure to use only white paper towels, not the ones with colored, cutesy designs on them.
- Next, using more clean paper towels, blot with a little more pressure this time so that you’re squeezing a little deeper into the carpet fiber.
- Then, use another round of clean paper towels and blot deep into the carpet. You may want to stand on top of the paper towels. This will ensure that you are lifting any liquid that may have gone down into the carpet padding.
- Now, carefully pour club soda onto the stain. Be very careful to cover only the stain. Wait a couple of minutes and repeat the blotting process above. Be sure to repeat all three blotting steps.
- NEVER put water on an acid stain. If the club soda doesn’t get rid of the stain, please do nothing else before you call a professional. Most home carpeting is made of nylon fibers and nylon is the worst fabric for holding on to acidic stains. You really need a professional to get these out. The more DIY you try, the less likely it is that your professional will be able to give you the best result later.
What if you do get a stain on your carpet that you can’t get out? It’s the holidays and you’re having friends and family in for parties and dinners. Whatever is one to do?!
- It’s a great time to set out extra tables for decorations, gifts and hors d’oeuvres. See if it’s possible to set a small table over the stain. Even in the middle of an entry hall, a small table with tiny gift bags on it wouldn’t seem inappropriate.
- Who made the rules for Christmas decorations anyway? And who says you can’t set that lighted Santa Claus right in front of the coffee table over that coffee stain?
- Oh no! Rover had another accident in the most inconvenient place. Time to drag out that old train set from the basement and dress it up with some festive Christmas tree scenery. Presto! No one has to know about Rover’s indiscretion.
- Even if you have to move some furniture around to make these ideas work, it may be better then sporting decidedly un-festive stains during the holidays. The idea is to get creative and not to get stressed out during the holidays. Don’t let a little old thing like a carpet stain rob you of your Christmas joy!
Were not done yet!
Here are a few other holiday hacks we thought you might find useful. Just a few things that our families have used over the years to make life a little easier during this special time.
- If all that holiday cooking has left your garbage disposal smelling a little funky, simply cut a lemon in half and put half the lemon down the garbage disposal at a time and it will clean the garbage disposal and leave it smelling fresh.
- Want to cook your turkey in a nice clean oven but just don’t have time for all that scrubbing? Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees, fill a casserole dish with water and place it in the oven. When the water starts to boil set your timer for 30 minutes. At the end of 30 minutes turn your oven off and open it. When it’s cool enough, simply wipe it out. The steam will have loosened the gunk.
- We love our pets, but let’s face it, nobody wants pet hair stuck to their britches. Before company arrives, put on your rubber gloves and dampen them with water. Then rub them across your upholstery. The pet hair sticks to the rubber gloves. You just rinse it off and your guests won’t go home with furry clothing.
- Hate the thought of guests rummaging through your bathroom cabinets? Then find yourself a colorful basket and leave some extra toilet paper rolls setting out for your guests to reach for without having to invade your space.
- We may not always have time to clean as we think we should. However, remember this one rule of thumb: if the floor looks trashy the whole house seems dirty. So be sure to at least sweep and vacuum before guests arrive. Then spray your curtains and upholstery with fabric deodorizer. Light some holiday scented candles for ambience and keep the lighting low. No one will ever know you’re not the best of housekeepers.
- Even if we haven’t been baking all day, we make sure to have potpourri simmering on the stove. Our favorite flavors are pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon. These and other holiday flavored scents will fill your house with delicious aroma and make it seem as if you’ve been cooking all day - even if all your desserts are store-bought!
We hope you found some of these holiday hacks helpful. If you have other handy tips you’d like to share we want to hear from you! Drop them in the comment section below or feel free to reach out to us on Facebook. Most of all we hope you have the merriest Christmas ever this year!