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Guidance for dealing with wine and wax spills

Coping with Christmas Carpet Crises

Dealing with the aftermath of spills: from wine to candle waxSpilled wine on carpet

Christmas is coming and with it all sorts of seasonal hazards like a full glass of  red wine knocked out of somebody’s hand and wax from those beautiful candles somehow going everywhere – just two examples pertinent to carpets!

Help is at hand – here are our pearly words of wisdom on dealing with wine which has spilled and wax which has dripped onto the carpet.

Wine and other liquid spills – act fast!

Aim to deal with the spill quickly and in the right way as below, to avoid long-term damage.

To remove the stain:

  • DO NOT rub the surface of the pile.
  • Blot with surgical spirit (available at chemists).
  • Then use a detergent vinegar solution*, a little at a time. (Mix up one teaspoonful of gentle detergent for washing woollens, to half a pint (0.3 litres) of warm water. Then add one teaspoonful of white (not malt) vinegar).
  • Work from the outer edge of the stain inwards and frequently blot with dry cloths.
  • Spray a solution of one-part white vinegar and four parts water over the stained area
  • DO NOT over-soak the stain (try to keep the carpet as dry as possible)
  • Blot dampened area (do not rub) to remove excess moisture.
  • Spread white kitchen towel (stacked 6-8 sheets deep) or absorbent cloth over the affected area and place a weight, such as a heavy book, on top.
  • Leave overnight and repeat if necessary

Spilled candle wax Wax spillage – the melted wax will quickly re-solidify 

  • Scrape up the excess as carefully as you can with a blunt knife or a plastic spatula.
  • Vacuum up the pieces to avoid rubbing the carpet.
  • Dampen a white cotton towel, fold it in half and place it over the wax.
  • Press an iron set on “high” over the towel for 10 seconds. The heat will draw the wax out of the carpet and into the towel.
  • Repeat until the wax is gone (you may have to hold the iron in place for up to 30 seconds). If the towel dries out, re-wet it, and if it becomes loaded with wax, grab another one.
  • DO NOT use paper with the iron as it may overheat and burn the carpet.

The above guidance is as recommended by the NCCA (National Carpet Cleaning Association)

Some carpet stains will be more difficult to deal with, but according to the NCCA, the process outlined above should help prevent some quite common and expensive DIY stain removal damage. There can never be a guarantee of complete removal of a stain, but if you do have to call in the professionals this emergency action will have made eventual success more likely.

You should always test any solution/detergent on an inconspicuous area of carpet prior to treating a stain and be sure to use detergents at recommended dilution ratios. Always apply the cleaning fluid to the absorbent spotting material not directly onto the carpet.

Peace of mind for the future – protection for your carpets!

We always recommend Stainshield, which forms an invisible shield around your carpets and furnishings, making spills and stains easier to remove. It will not affect the colour, feel or texture while still retaining fire retardant properties.

New Year Sale from 4th January if you decide on a new carpet!

Our New Year Sale will start when we re-open on 4 January.

So don’t fight the crowds for a Boxing Day “bargain” – which isn’t!

Take a proper break over Christmas and get better overall value on a new carpet by dealing with the expert, friendly professionals at John Cooper Carpets!

New carpet – order before Christmas at January Sale prices

January Sale On Now!

Order before Christmas and pay January Sale prices

Greendale carpet prices already competitive now have fantastic bargains on top

A selction of Twist Pile Carpets

Our fabulous Greendale Range of carpets is already incredibly competitively priced, and sale prices for January have now been announced too.

bleach cleanable carpetsIf you think you might need a new carpet  in the New Year and you have a little time to spare before Christmas, come and take a look now at our showroom already full of great offers – we can process your order at January prices for January delivery and job done!

While our fitters are racing around fitting in the pre-Christmas fittings our showroom is peaceful but the display cabinets are full of all the January bargains all set up and ready to go.

From beautiful wool to bleach cleanable polypropylene (in remarkably tasteful colours too) the choice is yours at your friendly, knowledgeable carpet store on the Ampress Park in Lymington (just opposite Screwfix!) with ample free customer parking outside.

Wool loop pile carpet

Our Greendale range of carpets guarantees great quality AND highly competitive carpet prices, on your doorstep in Lymington.  This is all thanks to our membership of the Greendale Buying Group.

We’re closing for our annual Christmas Holiday at lunchtime on Thursday 21 December, we’ll then be open again from 3 January 2018.  So if you know you need a new carpet do pop in now, you can borrow samples to get the colour exactly right, and we’ll make the whole process swift and painless so you can get back to the Christmas preparations!

Alan, David and the team at John Cooper Carpets!