It’ll be Christmas before we know it, and with the holiday season comes more guests, dinner parties and more food.  You’re expecting a lot of people to go in and out of your home.  That means anticipating a messy home with spills and stains from overturned dishes, spilled drinks, stains from the ornaments, even sap from the Christmas tree (if you’re using a real tree).  Your carpet will also be subject to wear and tear from the constant foot traffic. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your carpet clean this Christmas.

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5 Best Ideas in Keeping Your Carpet Clean At Christmas

Watch out for tree sap.

If you’re using a fresh tree, cover the base of your tree with a tree skirt.  However, take extra care when watering the tree so that the water does not leak from the stand on to the skirt which can make the fabric bleed and stain the carpet.

Plan your menu.

Try to avoid finger foods that are messy and may potentially stain if they hit the carpet.

Position walk off mats at your doors.

These mats serve as dirt stops at the entry areas of your home.  Request your guests to wipe their shoes on the mat.

Get the professionals.

Have your carpet professionally cleaned before the guests arrive and we suggest opting for a carpet protector to repel most spills.

In case of a spill, act immediately.

Pick up any solids and carefully scrape to remove those that stuck to the carpet fibres.  Use a gentle blotting method on the stain and whatever you do, do not rub the stain further in.  Work at the stain from the outside going in.  Once you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can, apply diluted bleach-free dishwashing detergent with another cloth and continue blotting.

Remember to pre-test the solution on a small inconspicuous area of the carpet first to check for any unpleasant reactions.  Blot again with lukewarm water to rinse and finally, blot with a clean cloth to dry.  To treat tougher stains, call the experts.

These five ideas are the best steps you can take to protect and keep your carpet clean.  With a little more planning and a watchful eye, the yuletide season need not leave your carpet stained or damaged.  You can look forward to enjoying more holidays with your beautiful, comfy, spotless carpet.

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