The holidays are a busy time, and it can be easy to have some mishaps that cause you to stop what you are doing and rush to the vacuum, broom, mop, etc. Below are some cleaning tips for three holiday mishaps so you can be prepared ahead of time.
Christmas Tree Sap and Pine Needles
If you have a live Christmas tree in your house, you will likely have problems with sap dripping and pine needles falling. If sap gets onto your carpeting, you can remove it using rubbing alcohol.
Rubbing alcohol works by loosening up the sap, making it much easier to remove. Before you get started, test an inconspicuous area of your carpet to make sure the alcohol does not discolor your carpet.
Pour some rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth to moisten it, and then use it to blot the sap to loosen it up. As it starts to loosen, blot it up using a clean cloth. Keep repeating this until all the sap is gone.
If you have pine needles in your carpeting, first use your vacuum cleaner to remove them. If you see any left in the carpet when you are finished vacuuming, use a lint brush to roll over the carpet to remove them.
Soda on the Ceiling
If you are serving soda, some of them could explode when you open them. If this happens, the explosion can easily reach the ceiling, and leave behind a sticky mess. To remove it, put some warm water into a gallon bucket, and put in two tablespoons of liquid dish detergent.
Dip a scrub brush into the water and soap mixture, and scrub at the stain. You should only use a soft bristled brush so it does not take off any paint.
Christmas Tree Tinsel
If you use tinsel on your Christmas tree, it can easily fall onto the carpet. If you have animals in your home, this can be dangerous, as it can choke them. A shop vac works great at removing the tinsel. It has much more suction power than a regular vacuum cleaner does. If you do not have one, contact a cleaning service like Apple Cleaning Supplies to see if they will rent you one.
If you have tinsel left behind that is being stubborn, use a lint roller to try to remove it. If this does not work, use a soft bristled brush and wipe it over the carpet to remove them.
If you have a lot of holiday mishaps, you may want to consider calling on a cleaning service to rescue you. This gives you more time for decorating, cookie baking, and shopping.