Thanksgiving Stains

It's the season of giving... and the season of tough stains. Have you experienced a cranberry stain that you just couldn't seem to get out? Or dealt with a spot from where someone dropped a piece of pumpkin pie? Here are some tips to help now and for future stain mishaps.

Immediate Action

Immediate action is important! Whenever anything spills on carpet, upholstery, or clothing, lift off or blot up as much of the staining matter as you can right away. Do not rub in!

Identification of the Spot

There are several ways that can help to determine what the stain is, including; owner's explanation, general appearance of spot, location, touch or feel (stick, oily, stiff, etc.), and by odor. By identifying the type stain and the location of it, you can decide on the right method for the issue.

How to Remove Common Thanksgiving Stains

Cranberry sauce – Cranberry stains are one of the toughest to remove. They require you to act quickly no matter where they are located. First, lift away any solids, then blot the stained area with a cloth dipped in cool water. If the stain is on clothing, flush the stain with water, then treat with laundry detergent or dish soap before putting in the washing machine. If the stain is on carpet or upholstery, you can try using a sponge with a bit of detergent to treat.

Gravy or butter – This stain is less tricky to remove. Beginning by lifting away as much of the solids that you can. Then use a detergent or stain remover that contains enzymes to break apart the stain. Cover or wash in the hottest water possible that won’t damage the fabric.

Pumpkin pie – A pumpkin pie stain takes a little extra work since it’s made up of a combination of various foods. Lift and blot using cold water and a white cloth, then treat the area with an enzyme based stain remover. Let the stain dissolve for around 10 minutes before washing.

Red wine – Depending on where the stain happens, start by blotting up the excess wine with a damp, plain white cloth or towel, then sprinkle the stain with table salt to help absorb the stain. If the stain is on clothing, flush it with cold water and use a stain remover specifically for food proteins. This is the same process for tea and coffee as well.

Candle wax – If you have lit candles on your dinner table, it’s possible the wax can drip onto the tablecloth. It’s typically easier to remove once hardened and any after effects can be removed by a solvent based stain removal spray.

Blood – Unfortunately, carving and cutting accidents do happen. Absorb as much of the stain as you can with a cloth, then wet the stain with cold water. Do not use warm or hot water, it will help the stain set! After allowing the water to sit, use an enzyme cleaner that is capable of breaking down proteins.

For product recommendations and removal steps for even more stains or if your Thanksgiving stains are still being stubborn , use our spot and stain remover chart.

(This post has been updated to include new tips.)

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