How to Remove Holiday Spills and Stains from Carpet

December 16, 2020 3 min read

The holiday season. A time to gather, a time to laugh.  A time to frantically drive around to every toy store in town to secure the latest toy Hudson justhasto have.  A time to make sure the Christmas play goes off without a hitch, while also hosting the most thoughtful and memorable Hanukkah dinner that includes more than just latkes.  It’s just such a magical time, isn’t it?

Hosting friends and family during the holiday season is both rewarding and hectic, and while we hope your holiday party is smooth-sailing, if Janet accidentally knocks over a candle with her new oversized bag (did she really need another one?), you’ll have that wax out of your carpet and be on with the evening in no time.

Here’s how to remove common holiday spills and stains from your carpet.

Hot Chocolate

Whether it’s holiday family movie night or just a festive affair, hot chocolate is always a big hit. But if this classic winter beverage finds its way onto your beautiful light-colored carpet, don’t worry. Hot chocolate stains are simple to remove. Just follow these steps.

  1. Using a clean cloth, blot up as much of the hot chocolate as you can, being careful to move from the outside of the stain inward so you don’t spread the stain any further.
  2. Wet a fresh cloth with a dilution of 1 tbsp dish soap to 2 cups warm water, and blot the stain some more (again, moving toward the center of the stain). Keep gently working the stain with the soapy solution until it’s gone. 
  3. Rinse the area with cool water and blot with a clean cloth until all the soapy residue is gone.

Tree Sap

A real live Christmas tree is a beautiful addition to any home, and that fresh pine scent? Priceless. But real trees come with real residue, and no one wants tree sap on their carpet. Don’t worry – removing tree sap is not as hard as you may think.

  1. Soak a clean cloth in rubbing alcohol or a hand sanitizer that contains alcohol.
  2. Very gently use the cloth to blot at any tree sap you can see. If it’s already been pushed below the surface of the carpet fibers, you may need to use your fingers to apply the alcohol to any remaining tree sap.
  3. Allow the alcohol several minutes to dry out the sap, then use your fingers or a comb to scrape the bits of sap from the carpet.

Candle Wax

Cinnamon scents. Frasier Fir. Spiced Chestnut. For some reason, holiday candles are just more fun than regular candles.  Whether you’re lighting up your favorite boutique scent orlighting candles for a menorah, advent wreath, or kinara, there is a possibility that candle wax could end up on our carpet. Removing candle wax from carpeting is surprisingly simple. You’ll just need some thick paper and a hot iron. 

  1. Place the paper (preferably thick brown paper, but any kind of paper or a thick paper towel could work) on the cooled wax. 
  2. Set the hot iron onto the paper, and gently pull the paper towards you. You’ll see a streak of wax on the paper almost immediately.
  3. Keep repositioning the paper to put a wax-free section of it onto the spilled wax. It may take a while (and quite a bit of paper), but you’ll gradually pull all of the wax from the carpet onto the paper.

Dents in your carpet

It’s time to prep for your holiday party, but when you push your furniture into more party-friendly locations (after all, you need some real space for your “Mariah Carey’s Christmas karaoke” portion of the night), you find that your sofa has left “dents” in the carpet. How dare it!  No amount of massaging will revive the depressed fibers, and you’re expecting guests to arrive within the hour. Don’t worry, this one’s really easy.

  1. Take an ice cube, place it on the dented carpet, and allow it to melt. 
  2. As the fibers absorb the water, they’ll perk right up. 
  3. Give the carpet a quick swipe with your hand to fluff it up a little more, and you’re all set. 

At Plum, our carpets are made to resist stains and allow for easy clean-up, so you can actually enjoy yourself at your holiday party. Go have fun. We’ve got you covered.



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