How to Get Rid of Post-Holiday Carpet Stains

There's no reason to let post-holiday carpet stains ruin your carpet or your holiday spirit. Enjoy the season, then bring in your favorite San Diego cleaning service, or try these tips to get rid of post-holiday carpet stains.


Holiday candies liven up a celebration for all ages. Unfortunately, all ages are prone to dropping chocolate onto a clean rug. Removing chocolate stains can be tricky, and the first step is to use a butter-knife or similar scraping device to carefully whittle away any excess chocolate from the carpet. Follow this up by vacuuming to remove any wayward flakes. Pour cold water over the remaining stain. Apply some liquid dish-washing detergent to a clean rag, then gently rub it into the wet carpet, using a circular motion. Once the stain is soaped up, let it sit for several minutes. Rinse again with cold water and blot with a fresh rag to dry. Repeat as needed.


Eggnog is a seasonal favorite, right up until the moment it stains your carpet. Fortunately, it's water soluble. Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon of white vinegar and about 30 ounces of water. Soak up this solution with a clean rag, and use it to blot the stain, working from the outer edges inward. Rinse the stain with water, then repeat the blotting process. The key is to be gentle. If you try to scrub the stain you'll only drive it deeper into the carpet fibers.


It's often a wet, cold time of year, and therefore pretty common to see mud track across your carpet. It might seem counter intuitive, but let the mud dry before you clean it — dirt is actually easier to clean up. Once dry, break up any clods of dirt with a stiff brush, then use a vacuum to pull up any loose dry dirt you can. Prepare a solution of one part dish-washing fluid and two parts warm water. Using a clean, white rag, soak up your cleaning solution and gently blot the stain to let the liquid absorb. Don't scrub! Keep blotting in this way until the dirt fades, then sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Candle wax

Candles set a lovely holiday mood, but can prove a tough stain to get out of your carpet. Melted wax will simply rub deeper into carpet fibers, so to begin fill a plastic bag with ice and ice the stain for as long as it takes to freeze the wax. Use a dull knife to gently crape the wax from your carpet fibers, and use a vacuum to suck away loose scrapings. Next, place a paper bag or clean cloth over the stain, and slowly press a warm iron on top of the affected area for a few moments. The wax should cling to the bag or cloth when you lift it way. Repeat this step as necessary.


Gravy makes a meal hearty and warm, but can wreak havoc on a carpet. While it's still warm and wet, use a spatula to scoop up excess gravy, taking care not to grind it further into the carpet. Sprinkle the wet stain with corn starch or baking soda, which will absorb the gravy fat. Make a solution of dish-washing soap and warm water, and using a clean rag, blot the solution onto the remaining stain. Sponge with cold water to rinse. If this doesn't prove effective enough, add a half tablespoon of white vinegar to the warm water solution and try again.

Contact the Maids San Diego

If you're having trouble with post-holiday stains, bring in professional clean services. The Maids in San Diego know how to tackle tough carpet stains any time of year!