Knoxville Carpet Experts Offer Stain Removal Tips for the Holidays

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Frazier's Carpet One advises locals on simple solutions for treating common holiday season stains.

“Since we’ve been serving Knoxville for almost 60 years and have a deep appreciation for our customers”, remarked Kevin Frazier, “We are always looking to provide any information that will help our customers care for their floors.”

Knoxville carpet will have seen better days after the fall and winter holidays which are often filled with family, friends and festive social gatherings. Thankfully, the flooring experts at Frazier’s Carpet One in Knoxville, TN are offering tips for treating common holiday season stains quickly and easily on the spot.

Kevin Frazier of Frazier’s explained, "We all devote a lot of time to planning for holiday entertaining – from cooking and cleaning to refining the guest list. This year, make sure you’re prepared for anything by anticipating those inevitable holiday spills.” Frazier continued, “All you need are a few essential items on hand to prevent any spill from becoming a stain. Keep in mind that quick action is critical, since many stains become more difficult to remove once they set."

The experts at Frazier’s recommend that their customers prepare an 'emergency stain kit' with the following essential 'stain busters':

  •     white vinegar
  •     baking soda
  •     unprinted white paper towels
  •     clear dishwashing detergent solution
  •     a laundry presoak solution
  •     a dry powdered carpet cleaner (e.g., Carpet One's Capture)
  •     a dry, non-oily, non-caustic cleaning solvent
  •     non-bleaching clothing spot remover.

Once an emergency stain kit is prepared, Frazier's Carpet One has the following tips to offer on common holiday carpet stains:

Chocolate: Holiday meals are all about indulgence, and chocolate is a key ingredient. But this sinful treat can do damage to upholstery and carpeting. For chocolate stains, first scrape or blot up excess food. Mix a half of a teaspoon of clear dishwashing detergent in one cup of warm water, and dab on the spot with a dampened towel. Continue to blot the area. Next, dab on undiluted white vinegar to the stained area, and blot again. Rinse by dabbing with a damp sponge. Blot once more and finish by applying a weighted pad of white paper towels overnight.

Berries: Though they’re a healthy dessert alternative, berries are just as unsightly on tablecloths, chairs and floors as its decadent counterparts. To treat a berry stain, follow the above instructions for chocolate stains.

Butter, Shortening and Cooking Oil: Don’t let greasy, slippery stains foil a holiday dinner. First apply a dry cleaning solvent, using a dampened towel. Blot the stain, as rubbing will embed it further. Then repeat these steps, first applying a solvent and then blotting. Lastly, apply water with a dampened towel and blot-finish with a weighted pad of towels.

Candle Wax: Showcasing an array of candles on the mantel can add a festive touch and evoke a warm and inviting home environment. For removal of melted candle wax, start by scraping off excess wax with the blunt edge of a butter knife. Cover with brown paper and apply a warm iron until the material is absorbed. Be sure the paper is large enough to cover the stained area and avoid touching the carpet with the iron as the fiber might melt. Change the paper or rotate to a clean area and repeat until the material is completely absorbed.

“Since we’ve been serving Knoxville for almost 60 years and have a deep appreciation for our customers”, remarked Kevin Frazier, “We are always looking to provide any information that will help our customers care for their floors.” For more information on treating stains on Knoxville carpet, Tennessee locals can visit Frazier's Carpet One or visit their website.

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