Leftover Holiday Carpet Stains

Leftover Holiday Carpet Stains

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Leftover Holiday Carpet Stains

Still have leftover holiday carpet stains? ACME Clean in Denver is here to help you. We know that having friends and family over for the holidays can be exciting, but it can also wreak havoc on our carpets. Take the amount of food and drink that’s consumed over the holidays multiplied by the number of people in your home, and that equals a whole lot of accidents. Whether you can get to a spill up immediately or don’t see it until after the festivities are over, we have some carpet stain treatment tips to follow.

If you have leftover holiday carpet stains, just follow these guidelines, and of course, ACME Clean Carpet and  Upholstery Cleaning is always here with top-notch home carpet cleaning services if you need us. 

DONT’S of Carpet Stain Cleaning

  • Do not add water to a dry stain. First, vacuum, then follow the steps below for best results.
  • Do not saturate the stained area with cleaning products – this can cause the stain to spread.
  • Do not rub the carpeting as this irreversibly damages the carpet fibers. It’s all about blotting.

DO’S of Carpet Stain Cleaning, Step by Step

  1. First and foremost, remove as much solid material from the stained area as possible.
  2. If the area is dry, vacuum it with a quality machine adept at soil removal and offering quality filtering. This will help to maintain the appearance and the texture of the carpeting.
  3. If the affected area is semi-solid, use a spoon or dull knife to scoop or scrape it up.
  4. If it is a fresh spill and liquid, blot it up. Do not rub back and forth.
  5. Pour on a small amount of warm water and continue blotting until dry.
  6. Make a foam mixture using ¼ teaspoon liquid dishwasher soap and 1 cup tepid water. You can also check out the Carpet and Rug Institute’s website to find certified carpet cleaning solutions.
  7. Test the mixture or solution on the carpet in an inconspicuous location to see if there are any adverse chemical effects.
  8. After checking your test area and seeing that there are no adverse effects, such as discoloration of the carpeting, apply the cleanser with a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Be sure to use a wiping motion going from the outside of the stain inwards towards the center. Working in the opposite direction will only make the carpet stain unnecessarily bigger, spreading it.
  9. Blot with cool water.
  10. Blot dry.


You probably already know that carpets need regular cleaning before they start showing any signs of staining and spotting. Vacuum regularly to prevent a build-up of dirt and debris. For high-traffic areas and homeowners with pets, vacuum daily. Medium-traffic areas can be vacuumed twice per week, and low traffic areas should only need to be vacuumed once per week.

When it comes to leftover holiday carpet stains, just follow these guidelines, and you may be able to get stains out yourself. Or the stain may have set in too long to get out easily. If so, call in the professionals at ACME Clean. We take care of all types of carpet stains for our clients. Let us help this with high-quality carpet and upholstery cleaning services. Schedule with us today!

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