First and foremost, our thoughts are with all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Maids family includes over 150 franchise owners and their staff, many of which are located on the East Coast. We also want to send a huge thank you to the first responders and volunteers who have taken time away from their families and dedicated it to helping others in need. Hopefully you have managed to stay safe and warm during this unfortunate weather event. Please remember to be patient as both businesses and transportation services get back up and running.

This storm and the chilly, damp air are familiar reminders of the changing seasons. There are some great things about this time of year.   There’s the vibrant colors, the smell of food on the grill, and of course, energy in the air. It’s football season, and it wouldn’t be complete without the traditional football party. Add wings, dips and hotdogs and you’ve got the perfect recipe for stains.

When stains happen, you have to act fast. The longer you let the stains set, the harder it will be to get them out. Here’s our play-by-play for tackling carpet stains from common foods and drinks.

Food stains (barbecue, ketchup, dips and dressing)

  1. Lightly scrape away excess sauce from the carpet using a dull butter knife. Be careful not to push the sauce deeper into the carpet fibers.
  2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water and begin blotting the stain clean with a soft cloth. Do not rub or scrub the stain, it will only make it worse. Keep blotting until the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Need an extra kick? Combine one tablespoon of ammonia with a half cup of warm water and continue blotting the stained area with the new mixture until the area is clean. WARNING: Never mix ammonia and chlorine bleach, as the fumes emitted are hazardous.
  4. Sponge the area with cold water and blot it dry.
  5. If you notice that the stain is oily, sprinkle some baking soda on the area, let it sit overnight and vacuum it up the next day.

Beverage stains (fruit punch and red wine)

  1. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar, one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water and begin blotting the stain with a white damp cloth. The white cloth allows you to see what you’ve absorbed and continue using a clean portion of the cloth as you go.
  2. Blot the red stain every five minutes for a half an hour.
  3. Sponge the area with warm water to rinse out the solution.
  4. For tougher stains, dampen a new white cloth with rubbing alcohol and blot the area until the stain is gone. This time, sponge the area with cold water to rinse out the rubbing alcohol.
  5. Finally, blot the carpet with a clean, dry cloth until it is completely dry.


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