Cleaning Tips: How to clean up that family holiday mess!

Cranberry Sauce / Juice

Fabric

1. Flush stain with cool water.

2. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with one quart of cool water. Soak in this solution for 15 minutes.

3. Rinse with water.

4. If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly.

5. Launder, using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric.

Upholstery

1. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol. 

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. 

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

5. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Carpet

1. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.

2. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

3. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

5. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) with two cups of warm water.

6. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.

7. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

8. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Stain Buster — Gravy

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Fabric

1. Scrape off excess gravy.

2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.

3. Launder, using the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Upholstery

1. Scrape off excess gravy.

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain

Carpet

1. Scrape off excess gravy. 

2. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.

4. Blot until the solvent is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

6. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

7. Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.

Thanks to Good Housekeeping for these effective tips. If you still need help with your stains make sure to Foggs Carpet Cleaning!