Your Guide to Cleaning Up Holiday Spills

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The holidays are fun, but they can also be hazardous to your apartment. Get a group of friends and family together, rubbing elbows and getting jolly, and there's a chance someone will have an accident. When you see gravy staining your festive sweater or cranberry jelly on your pristine white carpet, don't despair. Here are five common holiday stains and what to do about them:

Red Wine

Start by grabbing the salt shaker and pouring a generous amount on the spill. Once it saturates, gently brush the salt away. Next, use a product like Wine-Away or dish soap and ice-cold water. Dab and be patient; the color should lift.

Greasy Stains

These can include anything from an upended gravy boat to a dropped piece of garlic-buttered toast. Start by grabbing a de-greasing product. Dish soap and Pine-Sol work well here. Work it gently through the fibers with a toothbrush and pat dry with a wet sponge. If the stain is still there, rub cornstarch into the area to absorb the grease.

Cranberry Jelly

The holidays are a season of intensely red-colored fruits and sauces. They can also leave behind stubborn stains. Attack the problem by soaking the area in cool water. Be careful not to spread the stain around! Mix a solution of liquid laundry detergent and water and let it soak for 15 minutes before blotting. Then rinse.


If the wax is still wet, soak up as much as you can with paper towels. If it hardens, use a hair dryer to re-melt it and blot some more. You may need to repeat the process if it's deeply ingrained.


Lipstick can be tricky because it's both brightly colored (at least for seasonal berry and crimson shades) and leaves a greasy residue behind. Your best bet is to loosen the stain with rubbing alcohol and pat it away with a paper towel.

Colorado is a true natural winter wonderland, and everyone at Greenwood Plaza apartments in Centennial seems to love the season. This is a great time to see Colorado's spectacular beauty from the comfort of your apartment's private balcony. If you'd like to find out more about our units, contact us today.

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