How To Clean Your Carpets After A Party


One of the biggest problems with parties is the clean up after they’re over. People can spill drinks, or food all over your carpets or area rugs, and you may not know how to clean your carpets properly. Sometimes, a steam cleaner can remove any and all stains, but some stains will actually become permanent when exposed to the heat of the steam. You may be able to use a commercial carpet cleaner, or a home remedy solution effectively to remove any stains. You may want to call a professional carpet cleaning service if the stains are particularly severe, or widespread. One of the most important things to remember when you’re cleaning your carpets is to patch test any kind of product you want to use before applying it to the whole area.


Beer and Liquor

Beer and liquor can stain when it hits the carpet, even if it’s clear or very light in color. If the liquor was mixed with a colored mixer then you will probably need to deal with the spill as quickly as possible. Use paper towels, or a clean towel to blot up as much of the moisture as possible. Mix liquid dishwashing detergent, distilled white vinegar, and water. Use a cloth to sponge this mixture onto the stain. Begin at the outside of the stain and work your way into the inside as this will help prevent the stain from spreading any further. Rinse the area, and blot to remove moisture. Leave the carpet to dry. If the stain hasn’t been removed, you might want to try a commercially available carpet cleaner, or an oxygen bleach. Mix the bleach with water according to the instructions. Perform a patch test in a small, hidden area of the carpet to make sure that it won’t damage the carpet fibers. Using a soft bristled brush, work the solution into the stain, taking care not to fray or otherwise damage the fibers, and leave the solution to work for around an hour, or according to the instructions. Rinse the area with cold water, and blot. Repeat until all of the solution, and the stain have been removed. Leave the carpet to dry and then vacuum to remove any debris.

Red Wine

There are several methods of removing red wine stains from your carpets, depending on the severity. This type of stain can be difficult to remove, so if you have any queries, it may be best to call a professional carpet cleaning company in Ottawa. They will be able to clean your carpets quickly and efficiently. If you do decide to clean red wine stains yourself, then there are two methods which can be effective. Always patch test any remedy beforehand.

For the first method, you should blot the stain with paper towels, or a clean towel. Pour some water on the stain, and continue to blot until there is no more transfer. Then apply a paste made from baking powder and water. When the paste has dried, vacuum the area.

For the second method, you should blot the spill, add water and blot again, until you can remove no more of the stain. Mix white vinegar and liquid dishwashing detergent together. Sponge the mixture onto the stain. Blot with paper towels or a clean towel. Rinse and blot again before leaving the carpet to dry. You can use dehumidifiers, your air conditioner, fans, or if it’s a small area, a hairdryer to help speed up the drying process.

White Wine

White wines and champagnes can stain just like red wines can. If there’s a white wine spill on your carpet, you need to blot up as much of the moisture as possible. You could also sprinkle baking soda on the spill, leave it to absorb the liquid for about ten minutes, and then vacuum it up. Once you have removed as much of the liquid as possible, you could use a commercially available carpet cleaner, or a mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent and water. Spray the area with the mixture and blot the area. Leave the carpet to dry.


Gum on your carpets can be an incredibly frustrating thing to clean up. The first thing you should do is get some ice, put it in a sealable plastic bag, and place it on top of the gum. Leave it for around thirty minutes, until the gum has frozen. Using a butter knife, or a spoon, carefully pick the frozen gum off the carpet.


If there’s candle wax on your carpets, you should allow it to harden, then you can use a butter knife to carefully pick off as much as possible. Then place brown paper over the remaining stain, and iron the paper with an iron on a medium heat. You will need to move the paper to transfer as much of the wax as you can from the carpet to the paper. You may need to dab some methylated spirits on the stain afterward if there it remains, however, always do a patch test first to make sure that it won’t damage the fibers of the carpet.

If you feel nervous about tackling stains yourself, or if the stains are quite severe, it may be a good idea to call a carpet cleaning company in Ottawa to clean the carpets for you. They will be able to clean your stained carpets quickly and effectively.

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