Thanksgiving is one of the best times of year. Family comes together around the table to share a feast and remember all of the things we have to be thankful. One of those things on many people’s list is a roof over their head to host the big event. If you are hosting the big dinner the large amount of guests will probably leave you with quite the clean-up and maybe a few spills. One of the most dreaded spills is dark red cranberry sauce.
First grab a spoon and a clean white cloth. Pick up any large chunks of solid mess with the spoon and discard, next take the clean white cloth and blot as much of the stain as possible. When blotting, be careful to work from the outside of the stain toward the center and do not rub, this will help prevent spreading the stain to clean areas and damaging fibers.
Mix a mild cleaning solution of one tablespoon liquid dish soap, such as Dawn, and two cups of warm water. Note: it is a good idea to test any new cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area of upholstery or carpet to ensure color does not bleed from the fabric.
Use another clean white cloth and blot the stain with the cleaning solution working again from the outside toward the center. Continue to blot the stain using clean areas of cloth until the stain is removed.
Finally use a damp clean cloth to blot the remaining cleaning solution from the fabric and place another dry cloth or paper towel weighted down with a heavy object until the spot is dry.
If the stain does not seem to be lifting anymore using the dish liquid solution you can repeat the same steps as above with a new solution.
Other solutions that may help are 2/3 cup of alcohol and one tablespoon of white vinegar or for carpet you may also try one tablespoon of ammonia and two cups of warm water.
If you try the alcohol solution on carpet to no avail and then decide to try the ammonia solution be careful to make sure all of the alcohol solution is rinsed from the carpet as the alcohol and ammonia will cancel each other’s cleaning power.
Red stains are some of the most intimidating and difficult to remove, but if you clean them as soon as you discover them they should be removable.