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Holiday Stain Removal Tips

Tis the season for 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? Don’t let a spill ruin your holiday party. Remain calm and make sure to use the right techniques and products. As with any mishap, it’s best to deal with cleanup right away to avoid the stain from setting.

How to Remove Common Holiday 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. Begin 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.

Coffee, tea or soda - Blot up excess liquid. Treat with a combination of warm water, dishwashing detergent and white vinegar, then rinse the stained area with warm water. Having a tannin stain remover solution on hand will assure removal of any beverage stain on clothing, carpets or countertops.

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.

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.

Proper Stain Removal Technique

AAlways remember to blot with a clean, dry cloth! Be patient and don't rub the stain, which can cause it to spread. Also, work from the outside of the stain inwards to make sure you don't make the stain larger.

For further instructions on stain removal, check out our stain removal instructional guide on how to properly remove spots and stains from carpet and upholstery.

You’re now armed with the knowledge to tackle any stain this holiday with confidence! Happy Holidays from all of us at and remember, if you ever need any advice on a cleaning job you need to tackle, you can always contact us to help you out of a mess.

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