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Thanksgiving Spills and Mishaps

Thanksgiving Spills and Mishaps

Ah..Thanksgiving! A favorite time of the year for most of us. We get together with family and friends, eat our fill, then lay around in pain from the our full bellies, telling old stories and laughing until you cry. My family played a lot of games together as a great big group. It was so much fun to get together and be with everyone. Thanksgiving really is a wonderful time of the year. Just thinking about it makes my mouth water (and my stomach grumble). Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes w/gravy, ham, rolls, corn, fruit salad and after, because we haven't had quite enough, pies of all kinds pumpkin, raspberry, coconut cream and the pièce de résistance rice pudding, homemade by Grandma in a great big pot, still warm. It is Great! Oh yes, I almost forgot (there are those who refuse to let it go) cranberry sauce (YUCK!)


With a big group and a lot of food, you are bound to have an accident or two. So be aware and be prepared. Pull together the following "Go-To" kit and tuck it in the nearest closet, so you are "locked and loaded" to take on any of those little spills. The kit should include:

  • White terry cloth towels (several)

  • A couple spray bottles

  • Paper towels

  • Baking soda

  • White vinegar

  • Wet/dry vacuum (or a carpet shampooer.)

Understanding a spot is key to successfully removing it. Knowing what caused the spot and getting to it quickly is the best way to remove a spot. Most spots are caused by a spill of some kind, tracking soils in from somewhere (usually outside), or from an accident. Following these recommended steps will help get spots out, even if you don't know what caused the spot in the first place.

Step 1 - Remove as much of the spill as possible

The first step is to get as much of the spill up as you can. Using paper or white terry cloth towels to get as much of the bigger stuff off your floor or upholstery, if there is any, or trying to soak up as much of the spill as possible. DO NOT SCRUB! Blot, Do not Scrub. Scrubbing will cause permanent, irreversible damage to your carpet fibers. If necessary use clean wet/dry vacuum or a carpet shampooer to remove as much as possible.

Step 2: Use Water

Use water to remove as much as possible (avoid using harsh cleaners.) Using warm water (<200f), gently spray or lightly pour water onto the spot, and if possible, use a clean wet/dry vacuum to suck out the water you are pouring onto the carpet. For deeper, liquid stains, put the end of the wet/dry vacuum hose straight down onto the carpet, and slowly pour water around the edge of the hose. This will help flush deep down spills. Repeat as necessary.

Step 3: Stubborn Thanksgiving Stains

Dish soap and other cleaning agents may be required.

Cranberry Sauce - dish soap with cool water with a terry cloth towel, dip into water and ring out as much as possible, blot on spot over and over again until it is gone. Rinse out soap with clean water and your clean wet/dry vacuum.

Gravy - scoop up (yes...a serving spoon may be necessary) as much as possible. Cover the area with baking soda and let it sit and soak for 5 min. Wet/Dry vacuum up and rinse with clean water. If the spot is still there use a mixture of vinegar and water (1:1). Spray on area and blot, repeat as needed. Rinse using clean water and your clean wet/dry vacuum.

Red Wine - red anything...UGH! Handling red wine early will help. Rub a baking soda and water paste on the area. Make a spray solution of water, dish soap and vinegar, spray and blot, repeat as necessary until the stain is gone. Rinse using clean water and your clean wet/dry vacuum.

You survived your Thanksgiving gathering. Dinner was perfect. The family got along (well, sort of), the kids running around screaming and playing, you conquered the huge mound of dishes and everyone slept off the turkey "coma" and have returned to "normal". But you notice the spills are still there, lurking in your carpet or on your upholstery. What to do?

If the attempts to clean up those Thanksgiving mishaps have failed you and perhaps are even staring at you every time you walk by, mocking you..., give Zerorez® New Mexico a call. We are equipped and know how to handle the toughest carpet and upholstery stains. Zerorez New Mexico has trained certified technicians who will work hard to remove those pesky stains and return you home to normal. Call (505) 585-5053 or visit us online www.zeroreznm.com for more information or to schedule an appointment.