• Tis the season for holiday parties and get-togethers. Family meals, out-of-town guests and kids galore may be making their way to your door, but that doesn’t mean your house has to suffer. Here’s some quick tips on how to tackle some of the toughest holiday messes once it’s all said and done:

    Spot Clean

    Arm yourself with paper towels and an all-purpose spray cleaner, and look for any spills and food crumbs. Wiping surfaces clean at night will prevent stains from being bigger problems the next day. Attend to the linens If you’ve used any tablecloths or cloth napkins, shake them out over your sink or on your porch, and check for stains. Spray wine, food or lipstick marks with a stain remover, and then get the linens in the washing machine as soon as possible so the stains don’t set. While you’re at it, grab any towels from the bathroom that guests might have used — they need to be washed.

    Remove Candle Wax

    Candles can provide great ambiance, especially for holiday parties, but candles can mean wax dripping over everything. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to remove wax from items such as candle holders. Place them in the freezer overnight, and when the wax hardens and become brittle, you can just scrape it off.

    If you have glass containers like votive holders that have wax in them, pour boiling water into the container. The wax will melt and float to the top. Then, when the water cools, the wax will harden, and you can pour it out (but not into your sink).

    If candle wax has dripped onto your tablecloth, place the cloth in the freezer as well and scrape off the wax after it hardens. If there’s still a wax stain on the cloth, place a paper bag over the stain and iron it on the lowest setting. The residual wax will be absorbed into the bag.

    Candle wax that has dripped onto a wood table can be removed in a similar fashion. Place some ice cubes in a zip lock bag and run the ice along the wax until it hardens. Use a Scraperite blade to scrape away the wax residue, as it is the perfect tool to limit damage to your furniture.

    Cleaning Glassware and Remove Hard Water, Lipstick & Coffee Stains

    For hard water and lipstick stains, wash your glasses in warm, soapy water and add a half cup of white vinegar. If you soak them in the vinegar overnight that will help to loosen and remove the stains.

    Wine on the Carpet

    First, it’s important to act quickly. Don’t let the stain set for long before you spring into cleaning mode. A little bit of salt on the stain will help prevent the stain from setting into the carpet and prevent larger problems. You have a few options for removing the stain – white wine, club soda, and commercial carpet cleaner products are the most popular. Simply pour your cleaning solution of choice onto the stain, and then gently blot up as much wine as possible. Remember – rubbing will force the stain into the carpet and make cleanup more difficult.

    Burnt Pots, Pans and Casserole Dishes

    The best-kept secret is using Pepsi or Coke to remove burnt stains from pots. Pour in the pop, let it sit overnight and the stains practically wipe off.

    Buff out Hardwood Floor Scuffs

    You can buff out most scuffs on a polyurethane hardwood floor by rubbing the area vigorously with a soft cloth.  If this doesn’t fully remove the scuff, use a small amount of floor cleaner and vigorously rub the area with a soft cloth.

    Gum Removal

    If your guests accidentally leave a gummy memory of their visit on your sofa, don’t fret. Freeze the gum by applying ice. The gum should lift off in one piece. If not, reapply until the gum has hardened.

    Don’t Put a Ring on It

    Here’s a solution for white water rings– Create a gentle abrasive by mixing a teaspoon of salt with a few drops of olive oil. Rub it gently into the ring until the spot is gone. Massage some furniture polish into the surface to finish.

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