Cleaning Tips,  Seasonal

Holiday Guests – Why You Gotta Be So Messy, Huh?!

Oh those festive family dinners…where all the memories are made…and all the messes.

Sweet Aunt Lauren makes the best butterbean casserole and the biggest lipstick smudges. Your cloth napkins are a mess! Uncle Jeff has the most amazing laugh and the worst aim. The cranberry sauce and chocolate pie on the area rug is proof! Cousin Katie always looks like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine…and right into a mud puddle. Your poor living room floor.

But, hey! You can’t ditch the family, but you can ditch the stress!

Just kick back and enjoy your holiday dinner.  Then follow these easy steps for a quick post-party cleanup!

Lipstick smudges on your cloth napkins? Not a problem!

Before starting any cleaning process be sure to check the makeup of your fabric. If it’s non-washable you will need to send it out to the experts. If your cloth napkins are washable cotton or synthetic, you are all set!

First, you will need to gently scrape away any remaining lipstick. Next place the napkin stain side down on a white dishtowel (white paper towels will work fine). With your finger, gently rub a small amount of liquid dish detergent to the backside of the napkin working the detergent into the stain. Next, turn the cloth napkin back over to the stained side. It’s time to take it up a notch – starting from the outer edge of the lipstick stain moving toward the center, work the detergent into a mild lather using a slightly damp toothbrush (be gentle!). Toss that thing into your washing machine. Turn the setting to delicate and add in your regular detergent. Now everything should come out looking as good as new!

NOTE: Be sure not to put any fabric into the dryer until you have your stain completely removed or the heat will set the stain.

Carpet Stains

According to Reader’s Digest, most carpet stains can easily be cleaned with a mixture of items from your pantry:

  • Rub light carpet stains with a mixture of 2 tablespoons salt dissolved in 1/2 cup white vinegar. Let the solution dry, then vacuum.
  • For tough, ground-in dirt and other stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar with 1 tablespoon cornstarch and rub it into the stain using a dry cloth. Let it set for two days, then vacuum.
  • For fruit and fruit juice stains, mix 1 tablespoon laundry detergent with 1 1/2 tablespoons white vinegar and combine with two cups of water. Work the solution into the stain and blot.
  • For coffee and tea stains, combine equal parts white vinegar and water and blot the stain.

(Always be sure to test an area of your carpet first to ensure color-fastness!)

Water Rings on Wood

Someone forget to use a coaster? No worries! That white ring just means that moisture has been trapped between the finish of the table and the wood itself. There are many ways to attack this tiny ring of terror. One way is to just pour a big old mound of table salt on the white hazy area. Cover the salty area with a cloth and gently apply a warm iron to the cloth. The warmth of the iron combined with the salt should make your holiday haze a thing of the past.

Note: Be sure to keep your iron on a very low setting so you don’t make matters worse and burn your table!

Baked on Grease/Burnt Pans

So you got a little chatty in the kitchen and a few things cooked too long. Oh well! Grab your baking soda, vinegar, and a dish sponge and you are good to go. Just add in 1/2 cup vinegar to 2 tablespoons of baking soda and make a nice cleaning paste. Rub this around on the baked on/burnt areas of your pans and with a little elbow grease, those pans should be back to sparkling in no time!

So have the family over and let the food fly! The mess is worth the memories. And if you are too tired after your turkey or tinsel give Two Maids & A Mop a call. We’d love to come over and do the cleaning up for you!

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