Holiday entertaining spills solution
(NC) So much of the joy of the season comes from opening our homes to friends and family to share a cup of – “Hey be careful with that” – cheer.
Nothing warms the home this time of year as much as the laugher of those closest to us, sharing good times and good –“Don't drop that on the carpet” – food.
Sorry. Where were we?
Oh, right: trying to be the host with the most while not spending the whole time preoccupied with the chill brought on by the spill when one of your guests turns a little too quickly with that glass of red wine, or drizzles a fine trail of Thai peanut sauce across your carpets while glad-handing around the room.
Whether its galoshes guy who thinks it's quite fine to clomp around your home in his salty boots, or the glam gal with the questionable balance and definitely full glass of merlot, holiday guests can present potentially nightmare spill and stain scenarios.
Don't panic. For every problem there is a solution:
• Carpet stains: apply cold water or club soda then blot – do not rub – with an absorbent cloth.
• Wine stains on clothing: rinse in cold water to dilute the stain. Then pre-treat by adding a chlorine bleach-free agent like OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder to the water and soak for 10 minutes. Wash in warmest water item will take with detergent. If stain remains, repeat all steps before drying.
• Coffee or tea stains: blot with a cloth wet with warm water. Repeat with club soda if necessary. Pre-treat with OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder by adding to warmest water item will take for up to 6 hours as required, weighting item with a WHITE towel to keep it totally submerged. Launder as usual.
Professional steam cleaners can be called in if things get completely out of hand, but in general, dilution in cool to warm water, treatment with an oxygen based, chlorine bleach-free stain remover and blotting – never rubbing – the affected area can cleanse a multitude of holiday party sins.
So relax and enjoy. But keep the club soda handy, just in case.
Visit www.oxiclean.ca for more information.
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