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Seasonal Cleaning

Tackling The Naughtiest Holiday Stains

While red wine, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy are real crowd-pleasers, they aren't so kind to upholstery and carpets.

If you notice that one of your guests got a little too cozy with her red wine and the evidence is left behind on your rug or upholstery, blot it right away with a white cloth until all of the liquid has been absorbed. If the stain’s dry, whip up a quick solution of dishwashing liquid (1 tbsp), white vinegar (1 tbsp) and warm water (2 cups) to blot away the stain.

Things You'll Need

  • White cloth
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • White vinegar
  • Water

How To Do It

  1. Immediately blot the wine or gravy stain with a white cloth until all of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. Mix (1 tbsp) of diswashing liquid, (1 tbsp) of white vinegar, and (2 cups) of warm water and use the solution to blot away dry stains.
  3. Repeat as necessary.