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Tis' the Season


Tis' the Season

Posted on July 20, 2018

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year- rooms are revamped with festive decor, doors are opened to kin & entertaining becomes a regular occurrence. With entertaining comes inevitable spills & mishaps; below you will find some handy tips for saving your carpet from that spilly-hand-talker or a candle wax mishap & protecting your floors from unexpected water damage:

  • Wine & Alcoholic Beverage Spills on Carpet: Mix a ¼ tsp clear dish detergent with 1cup warm water.  Apply to the stain by blotting DO NOT RUB! Rinse with clean water. If this does not remove the stain, rinse the remaining detergent residue from carpet & then apply the following.

Mix ½ cup hydrogen peroxide with unscented clear (non sudsy) household ammonia. Apply peroxide/ammonia solution to the stain, let stand for 2-3 hours under a weighted-down sheet of plastic wrap (use a water bottle or household item for weight).  Allow to dry until stain removal is complete- then apply undiluted white vinegar to the area (to neutralize). Apply water with a towel to rinse the vinegar. Blot. Apply a thick stack of paper towels (weighted-down again) to the area for several hours until dry. Always remember to test an inconspicuous area for colourfastness prior to attempting stain removal!

  • Candle Wax on Carpet:  First, wait for the wax to cool, then try to scrape as much of the hardened wax as possible using a dull knife or scraper.  Then, place a couple of white paper towels over the remaining wax & run a warm iron over the area.  Repeat the process using clean paper towel each time you pass over the stain until all wax has been removed.  I have personally used this method on a seemingly hopeless candle malfunction & had excellent results!  Be sure your heat setting is low & that you are only ironing over the paper towel to avoid scorching your carpet, with a little bit of patience, this technique definitely works.
  • Prevent water damage from your Christmas tree:  Nothing beats the appeal of a real Christmas tree; the smell, the character, the nostalgia.  With that being said, extra care & attention are required to ensure that you are not hiding water damage under that pretty tree skirt.  Be sure to check the area around your tree stand daily- is your tree using excessive water? If so, determine if you have a leak that may be slowly damaging your floors.  All floors are susceptible to water damage- you want to ensure you are taking precautions to avoid costly damage that will suck the cheer from your holidays. For extra precaution, there is a product on the market called ‘Tree Sorb’ that can help to ease your mind. Tree Sorb is an absorbent mat that you place under your tree stand; it claims to absorb up to 45 ounces of water & will prevent damage to the flooring underneath your tree while keeping musty odors at bay.

Try to treat spills as quickly as you can, blotting to absorb excess immediately & beginning your stain removal process in a timely manner- set in stains can be nearly impossible to remove. Keep in mind that most laminate flooring is made to withstand spills that are cleaned up within half an hour of occurrence.  Keep boots on waterproof boot trays to catch melting snow & prevent potential water damage.  Have fun entertaining; don’t sweat the small spills and mishaps- there are remedies for most incidents & small preventative measures to help safeguard against damage. You’ve got this- let the entertaining begin!

Happy Holidays!

By: Krista Leonard, B.A.I.D.

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