Cleaning Up After a Valentine’s Day In
There is something romantic and special about spending a night in for Valentine’s Day. Whether you go all out with a fancy homemade dish served by candlelight or just relax with a drink and some chocolate in front of a movie, you can make Valentine’s special without ever leaving the house.
Nothing will ruin your night in like a spill or stain on the carpet. Should you encounter a spill you can keep your night going smoothly with the right cleaning technique. We have just the cleaning remedies to help with your post-Valentine’s Day clean up.
Red Wine Stains
Probably the most intimidating of common Valentine’s stains because of the color. Don’t let it worry you, with the right cleaning technique and some quick attention you can remove red wine stains from the carpet.
- First, dab right away with a clean white cloth or plain paper towel. Get as much moisture out of the carpet as possible. You may need to use clean areas of the cloth to soak up the wine and ensure you have gotten as much out as possible.
- When no more wine is blotting from the carpet, dab some very cold water onto the stain. Water will help to dilute the stain and lift more from the carpet. Blot with new areas of clean cloth until the stain is removed or no more wine is coming out of the carpet.
- If wine still remains, make a paste out of baking soda and water and apply it to the remaining stain. Allow the paste to sit on the stain and vacuum up when dry.
- Grab a blunt scraping object such as a butter knife or spoon. Gently scrape the chocolate from the carpet fibers.
- Next vacuum any crumbs made by scraping the chocolate from the carpet.
- Lay some plain white paper towels over the area, and set your iron on low with no steam. Place the iron over the towels and try not to move it. Let the iron melt the chocolate as the paper towels absorb the residue.
- Repeat step three with a clean area of towel until all of the chocolate is lifted out of the carpet.
- If there is an oil like residue after the iron treatment wash it out with a little hand dishwashing soap and water.
- While the stain is still fresh scoop up any solid pieces from the carpet surface with a paper towel.
- Apply some cold water directly to the stain.
- Use hand dishwashing soap and water mixed into a solvent and gently blot the stain working from the outside toward the center.
- Rinse again with cold water to lift the last bits of chocolate away.
- Once the chocolate is clean from the carpet, rinse out any remaining soap from the carpet and dry,
Oily Food Stains
- Begin with a plain white paper towel blotting up as much oil as possible.
- Apply small amounts of rubbing alcohol to the stain and gently blot.
- Next mix a solution of hand dishwashing soap and water. Use a sponge to apply to the stain and blot out until it is removed.
- Rinse the soap from the carpet, and blot dry.
With these easy cleaning tips there will be nothing left after your Valentine’s Day, but the sweet memories of hanging out with your special someone.