Oh no! Did your carpet suffer a disaster over the holiday? Did your favorite aunt drip candle wax on it? Or did your least favorite cousins spill his coffee or wine? Were your kids playing around and knocked makeup onto the floor? Don’t worry, we have some fixes for you. Of course, time is of the essence, so ideally you would have dealt with spills as soon as you found them, but it’s better late than never when it comes to spills.

Candles certainly add ambiance and can look beautiful in a holiday centerpiece. But, candle wax on your beautiful carpet may seem like a major disaster. Luckily, you can actually get it off of your carpet fairly easily. Handyman Bob Vila recommends that you “scrape up the drippings, lay down a paper towel, and run an iron set to low heat over the area. As the wax liquefies, the paper towel will absorb it. Continue until all the wax is absorbed.” Just make sure the iron is set to low heat before tackling this clean-up job.

Coffee spills are common even if it’s not a holiday, so go easy on that clumsy cousin! The spill should have been blotted up immediately with towels. (Note, we said blotted, not scrubbed!) If the spill doesn’t come up immediately, rinse it with lukewarm water, and blot again. If the stain remains the folks at bobvila.com recommend that you rinse it “with a mixture of one cup of white vinegar and three cups of water until the discoloration disappears.”

Makeup might look great on your face, but no one wants it on their carpet. To clean up mishaps involving “lipstick, nail polish, or other types of makeup, first, carefully scrape off the excess with the blunt edge of a knife or spoon. Apply a little rubbing alcohol or non-acetone-based nail polish remover to the stain and blot with a clean cotton swab. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.”

Sometimes a carpet just can’t be saved, and that’s where we come in. Our designers at KFD are happy to help you choose new flooring to suit your needs.