Quick Holiday Mess Clean-Up!

The Holidays are a time full of family, friends, love, laughter, and good food! It’s also a time of high foot-traffic in your home, spilled wine, dropped stuffing on your new rug, etc.

We compiled some of the quickest and fool-proof methods for cleaning these unforeseen hazards - best of all, they are so easy they can be done before the pecan pie is done baking!

Tips c/o This Old House. Photo c/o West Elm

Tips c/o This Old House. Photo c/o West Elm

Greasy Fingerprints on Upholstery

  • Sprinkle the marks with cornstarch to help absorb the grease and lift the stain from the fabric. Leave on for a few minutes, then vacuum it up. Repeat if needed.

Red Wine on Tablecloth

  • Chase it with a splash of white wine while it's still damp to help neutralize the stain, then cover with baking soda and let sit for 5 minutes to absorb the remaining liquid. Rinse over the sink with boiling water.

Oily Spill on Carpet

  • Blast spots left by salad dressing or gravy with shaving cream, working it in with a clean rag or an old toothbrush to help absorb the grease. Once dry, rub with a soft, damp cloth.

Scuffs on Hardwood Floors

  • Scrub out scuffs with a little white (non-whitening) toothpaste and an old toothbrush— the combo works as a gentle abrasive. Wipe up the paste with a damp cloth, then buff the floor to a shine with a tiny bit of olive oil.