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The St. Patrick’s Day Guide to Stain Removal

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Kara
03.14.14

Today is your lucky day, because we’re going to provide you with the know-how to clean up three very infamous St. Patrick’s Day stains. Can’t think of any common St. Paddy’s Day stains? Here’s a hint – one often follows the other (especially during a holiday that’s notorious for drinking).

Here’s how to clean up three most common St. Paddy’s Day stains:

1. Beer

First, blot up as much as you can with a dry, clean cloth. Then, mix two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of white vinegar. Grab a clean sponge and dip it into the vinegar solution. Dab the cleaning solution slowly into the stain.

Fill up a spray bottle with cold water (hot water will only set the stain) and spritz the area. Blot up the remaining moisture with a clean towel. Tip: For green beer (or any drink with food coloring), replace the white vinegar and water solution with club soda and follow the same steps.

2. Vomit

First things first, remove as much of the “spill” as you can from the surface (and maybe open a window or two). If the upchuck has occurred on your carpet, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of water. Use a sponge to dab the solution on the stain, then blot up the area with an old rag to absorb any moisture.

After the stain has been lifted, baking soda is your new best friend! This eco-friendly cleaning agent is a natural deodorizer and will help rid your carpet of putrid smells. Sprinkle some baking soda overtop of the vomit stain and let it sit for several hours, then vacuum it up.

3. Grease

Cooking corned beef to celebrate St. Paddy’s is great, but it can get a little messy. If you have an accident, scrape off any excess grease and sprinkle baking soda or talcum powder on top of the stain. Let the powder soak up the oil from the grease for about 15 minutes, and then vacuum it away. Grab a clean white cloth and blot the area with a vinegar and water solution until it’s completely absorbed! 

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