If you did a lot of entertaining this holiday season, there’s a chance you have ended up with a few little presents you didn’t actually want – stains on your carpet or furniture. Parties are filled with festive drinks, food and fun and the chance of a splatter of gravy or a few drips of red wine making their way to your carpets or upholstery is pretty high. Don’t let an accidental drip or dropped glass ruin a great party. Arm yourself with these stain-fighting tricks:

Coffee and wine stains: From hot chocolate to peppermint martinis and sparkling wine, these concoctions can make any holiday party feel extra special, but spills on clothes, furniture and table linens are bound to happen. Soak the fabric in a chlorine-free and colour-safe solution and mix with water to remove the stubborn stain.

Food residue: Don’t panic if you had gravy dripping down your blouse or cranberries smeared on your holiday table runner. Simply blot away as much of the excess stain as possible, and then soak clothes and linens overnight in a solution of water and stain remover. When ready to wash, add an extra scoop of stain remover to your wash to boost detergent for better overall cleaning and whitening.

Everyday dirt: Friends and family tend to make frequent appearances during the holidays, which mean extra dirt, mud and snow get tracked inside your house. Easily remove the mess from your carpets and rugs by applying an oxygenated-based stain fighter solution directly to the affected area. Wait one to five minutes, blot well with a dry towel, rinse with water and then let it dry.

Stress less about the mess this season by keeping a tough stain remover on hand. When next year’s festivities roll around, you’ll be glad you packed away your holiday décor clean and spot free.

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