Getting Turkey Stains Out of Carpet and Upholstery
Though Thanksgiving will look a little bit different this year, there are still plenty of ways we can celebrate it. We can still have a big feast, and we can still give thanks for the things that are truly important that we have been able to hold onto.
One thing that comes with big feasts we may not be so grateful for at the end of the day though is spills and stains, especially if they include turkey dropped on the carpet or upholstery. That turkey grease can be annoying and unsightly.
Here are some tricks for removing turkey stains from carpet and upholstery.
Removing Turkey Stains from the Carpet
The first thing to do when raw or cooked turkey falls on the carpet is to pick up as much of the solid mess as possible. Next you want to grab a plain white cleaning cloth or plain white paper towel (no fancy holiday designs) and gently blot what is still on the carpet. When cleaning carpet it is important to always blot and NEVER rub. Rubbing, though our instincts really want to can fray and permanently damage the carpet fibers.
Once you have removed as much of the stain as possible it is time to treat with a cleaner. You can make your own spot treatment cleaner by mixing together one teaspoon of hand dishwashing soap with two cups of barely warm water. You can dip a new plain white cloth or plain paper towel in the cleaning solution or you can grab a clean sponge and blot the area with the solution. Continue to use new clean areas of the cloth to blot until you see that the stain is completely clean.
When the stain has been removed you will want to rinse the soap from the carpet by using a new cloth with plain water. You want to get as much soap out of the carpet to not attract more dirt to the area. When the soap is gone follow with a dry cloth and soak up as much of the water as possible.
Removing Turkey Stains from Upholstery
The same method from above to clean up the carpet can be used on your upholstery, with one careful measure added, do not use too much moisture. Carpet is sensitive to liquid, but your furniture is even more so. Excessive moisture can go deep into the furniture cushions and cause a lot of damage. You may need to end up replacing your furniture if mold sets in because once the moisture gets deep in the cushion it is very hard to get it back out. So use extreme caution with how much cleaner you apply to your upholstery.
If you have a silk, real velvet, or vintage/antique piece of furniture it is best to call a professional upholstery cleaner right away.
All Kleen has been helping people with tough stains all over Snohomish County for over 30 years. We are a family run business that takes pride in our quality of work and customer service. We guarantee everything we do. For upholstery and carpet cleaning in Mountlake Terrace and surrounding areas of Snohomish and North King County make an appointment by phone or online any time.
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