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Anyone who owns a carpet or rug will attest to the perils of holding a party. No matter how meticulous you are at moving poorly placed wine glasses or if you have tried to cover every cream bit of fabric in the house; something will always get spilled.

The main thing to consider therefore is how to get some of these more common of stains out. There are so many theories when it comes to removing/minimising stains that seemingly everybody has a different technique (most untested and inherently wrong).

We have taken it upon ourselves to outline what we consider to be the best way of dealing with the most common of party stains. As we are currently in a bit of a festivity dry period at the moment, so brush up now or forever live with that strange brown stain!

Beers stains are one of the most common party stains, whether it is from lots of half empty glasses being precariously placed or due to over excited dancing a stain from this most ancient of liquids is hard to avoid. To remove try creating a mixture of one teaspoon of detergent, a teaspoon of white vinegar and 1000ml of warm water. This mixture is good to use on the majority of fibres including nylon, olefin, polyester, wool and acrylic.

More often than not you have no idea where it came from, or why someone was applying lipstick that close to the floor. Lipstick is an oil based stain, which is good to keep in mind when trying to treat it. A good first trick is to blot the lipstick with alcohol gently, if you keep this up it should take the stain out. Otherwise find a detergent which has a grease fighting formula, apply it to the stain and leave for 10 minutes. Once the set amount of time has elapsed work at the stain with warm water from the outside inwards.

Red wine
This is probably the classic party stain and the one where so many different stain removal techniques are suggested. It always amuses me (if it isn’t at my house) that the probability of a stain usually increasing as the night progresses. The tried and trusted process should be to firstly blot out the stain as quickly as you can with paper towels. Then combine a teaspoon of laundry soap and a cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl and dab the stain with a new sponge. Then put a dry towel over the stain and gently dry. Once dry, if the stain remains wash again gently with a bowl of warm water and laundry detergent.

We all know ketchup stains are tricky to deal with and sometimes we only get to see the stains once they are dry. The key to dealing with a ketchup stain is getting to it as quickly as possible and gently scraping as much up of the material. If the stain is dry gently wet it with warm water once ready add ½ a teaspoon of detergent or carpet cleaning solution into a litre of cold water. Soak a cloth in the mixed solution then lay the damp cloth over the stain. Use the back of the spoon to massage the stain using a spiral pattern from the outside inwards. Remove the cloth and spray warm water onto the stain, remove the excess water then dry using paper towels or a cloth.

Most of you will have come across this stain, and I would guess the majority of you found it pretty tricky to remove. Initially it seems to come away quickly, but it is extremely tricky to get rid of it totally. To start with try to soak up as much of the spillage as possible using kitchen towels or a cloth. Next create a solution of a teaspoon of white vinegar, a teaspoon of detergent and 1000ml of warm water.

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