Entertaining: 5 Holiday Home Wreckers
A festive gathering of food and drink, a houseful of guests, excited children and — if it’s like my home — a very keyed up dog means that a few mishaps are bound to happen. The lovely glass of Bordeaux somehow ends up on the carpet (especially if said carpet happens to be white), and what to do about the candle wax that dripped on the heirloom tablecloth?
Here are some tips from Consumer Reports for dealing with the usual holiday household goofs.
1. Spilled wine. If you spill wine on carpet or fabric, the first thing you need to do is to blot (not scrub) the affected area with water. Then use a detergent solution made of one teaspoon of a mild clear or white dishwashing liquid — no bleach — mixed in one cup of warm water. For red wine, you can then finish by dabbing with 3 per cent strength hydrogen peroxide.
– When it comes to removing stains, time is not your friend so be sure to act quickly. Blot — don’t scrub — the affected area with a white cloth or towel until dry.
– Be sure to follow all care labels for the garments, linens, or rugs you’re treating.
– Take a moment to test a cleaning solution by applying several drops to an inconspicuous area, and then hold a wet white cloth on the area for one minute. Check the cloth for color transfer and also the fabric or carpet for color change or damage. If there is none, it’s safe to proceed.
– Apply a small amount of the first recommended solution to a white cloth. Gently work it into the outer edges of the stain and then toward the center.