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First-aid for festive stains

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Crown Floors Blog

6 December 2017

First-aid for festive stains

6 Dec 2017 by Tom Bourne

Entertaining friends and family means spillages are more common at this time of year. But keeping your Crown Floors carpet stain-free is easy with a little know-how.

Yes, the run-up to Christmas has officially begun, which means frantic shopping, Michael Bublé on repeat – and a higher-than-average risk of muddy shoe prints and mulled wine finding their way onto your carpets. 

With a carpet from Crown Floors, however, you can make enjoy the festive season without worrying. Nearly all our carpets are made from a stain-resistant Easy Clean fibre that resists most household spills and – it the case of truly tough stains – can be treated with diluted bleach solution with no fading or loss of colour. This, along with regular vacuuming, and placing mats beside external doors to catch grit and dirt, means your Crown Floors carpet should look fantastic for years to come.

But what about those “whoops” moments, like when an entire Yule log lands on the carpet mid-party? The key is to act fast. Don’t allow the spillage to dry in, but blot it immediately with a clean kitchen cloth (remove any solid elements first with a spoon), working from the outside in so as to prevent smudging and spreading. For most stains a carpet care product can be used, but if you don’t have one to hand, here’s what you can do…

Chocolate, gravy, wine

Dilute 1 tbsp soap powder in 250ml water. Dab off the stain as far as possible with a clean white kitchen cloth. Then treat the stain with a cloth soaked in soap suds, dabbing it off repeatedly until no further dirt can be seen to the cloth. Important: Only repeat dabbing with clean water and remove soap residues with a clean cloth.

Coffee

Dab off the stain as far as possible with a clean white kitchen cloth. Then treat the stain with a cloth dampened with water and dab off again, until no further dirt adheres to the cloth.

Candle grease

Blot/dab the stain with a cloth soaked in dry-cleaning solvent. Repeat until no more dirt is visible on the cloth. It’s important that you only apply the solvent to the cloth, not directly to the stain.

Nail varnish

Dab the stain with a cloth soaked in acetone. Repeat until no more dirt is visible on the cloth. Again, make sure not to apply the acetone directly to the stain itself.

These are just a few of the most common Christmas “hazards”, but whatever happens to land on your Crown Floors carpet, dealing with it should be a breeze. For more information visit our Care page and download our handy guide to tackling stains and spillages.