O Christmas Tree Stain
December 11, 2014
Merry Christmas! My family got our tree up early this year … for the first time ever! I hope it’s the start of a new tradition for us. The only downfall of this great achievement is that I have to keep the needles picked up longer and I have to remember to water the tree. I’m told I just need to water the tree as I would a regular house plant. The problem is that I have already killed all my poor houseplants due to my forgetfulness to water them. Big sigh. So our tree has gotten two very deep waterings since we put it up. One right away and the other about five days later. That third watering is still puttering around in my brain somewhere waiting to be transformed into action.
I’ll admit there is some hesitancy on my part regarding this mundane task. We have three lively girls (which I whole heartedly blame on my husband’s gene pool), a dog, and a cat. My experience in the past has not been the best regarding the Christmas tree, water, and small creatures. Our 3 year old knocked the tree over one year doing whatever 3 year olds do to Christmas trees. Meanwhile our small dog knocked it over another year vying for a particularly fishy smelling ornament (that ornament is a story in itself).
All of this to say that watering the Christmas tree leads to thoughts of dirty tree water staining my carpet. Hence, I just “forget” to water it at all. After all, dry needles are easier to deal with than tree-water carpet, right?! I still say yes!
However, if you happen to experience the same predicament regarding your carpet, there is hope. Not only do I have a remedy for the water spot, but one for the tree sap as well.
Christmas tree water stain:
- Blot up as much of the water as you possible can.
- Make a solution of ½ vinegar and ½ water.
- Saturate the stained area and rub it in with your fingers.
- Blot up as much of the vinegar water as you can with a clean, dry towel.
- Repeat until the stain has lifted.
If by chance you did not see the water stain while it was still wet, then you may need to hire a professional (like Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, hint, hint) to come out and work that stain for you.
Christmas tree sap stain:
- Test all products in an inconspicuous area of your carpet before using them to be sure they will not remove the color from your carpet fibers.
- Harden the sap by applying ice so that it freezes or rubbing alcohol so that it dries. Then carefully pick it out of the carpet with your fingers or a knife.
- Lay a wet cloth over the sap for about an hour to soften it. Carefully pick the broken down pieces out of the carpet with your fingers or a knife.
- Mix 1 tablespoon of dish washing detergent with 2 cups of water. Work some of the mixture into the sap stain and then blot it up with a clean, dry towel. Repeat until the stain is gone.
- Rinse the soapy water out with clear water and blot until dry.
Accidents happen, but you now have some tools to help you maintain your carpet in the midst of the Christmas chaos. Give these solutions a try, and remember to give us a call when you are ready for that deep, professional clean. We love to make carpets smile!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.