The festive season is almost upon us and that means plenty of parties, unscheduled family drop-ins and late nights perfecting the beloved Christmas pud. But, with all the festive traditions we love comes an increase in spills, smells and stains from one too many glasses of mulled wine, overexcited pets and intense chocolate consumption. And that is just the start of stains aplenty.
In preparation of these messes and spills which come hand in hand with excited children, extra household guests, food, drink and merriness Bissell have sent me a Stain Eraser to test out on some of the most common Christmas spillages.
Reluctant to actually throw red wine, coffee and gravy over my carpets they also sent me a rug to try very hard to destroy – and boy did the kids take that on as a personal challenge. They had so much fun being allowed to make as much mess as possible and poured red wine, black coffee, gravy, melted chocolate and coke all over the cream coloured rug and then we left it to completely dry in over night.
Using the Stain Eraser is really simple, first you need to charge the machine – this can take up to 8 hours so best to just plug in over night.
Next you pull out water compartment and fill to the fill line with hand hot water, then top up with the carpet cleaning solution.
Switch on and you are ready to go, this is cordless and has a run time of around 30 minutes. Under the power button is a trigger button which when pressed sprays the water solution onto the carpet/furniture.
For stubborn stains, spray with the solution and work in using the brush underneath. Then suck up the excess water and leave to dry.
Because we left the stains to dry in over night they didn’t come out on the first wash, but most came out on another go over and with the addition of the stain remover boost added into the machine.
I let Harry clean the rug as it really is that easy that children can do it – most of the stains have come out with the melted chocolate being the most stubborn to remove and red wine too.
As you can see a little remains but if you were to actually drop red wine over your beige carpet I’m sure you wouldn’t leave it to soak in all night long!
(EDIT – once the carpet dried I was able to pre-treat the stubborn stains and then clean again and 95% of them came up)
This year you too can keep your home looking fresh and smelling clean thanks to BISSELL’s carpet cleaning solutions which will happily tackle the 12 stains of Christmas…
If like us, December is all about gorging on chocolate coins, selection boxes and Quality Street, you’re likely to have more than one occasion where, in a flurry to hide just how much of the Christmas chocolate you’ve succumbed to, it’s trodden into the carpet or squished into the sofa.
- Glitter and Glue
Christmas means the kids are off school and they need entertaining – why not get them crafting cards and decorations for the home? Unfortunately, with that comes the threat of glue, glitter and paint being splatted everywhere, including your carpets and rugs.
- Mulled wine
A warm glass of mulled wine is definitely one of the best bits of Christmas. That is until you have one too many and end up with half of it seeping into your cream carpets or soaking into your wooden floors…eek!
- The aftermath of all that mulled wine…
Although at the time a couple of bottles of mulled wine might have seemed like a good idea, the hangover it brings is a lot less fun. This year you needn’t worry if you don’t quite make it to the bathroom, even if the in-laws are on their way over!
Chicken, beef or vegetable; whatever the flavour one thing is true – gravy is amazing! Although less so when an overexcited kitchen helper accidentally knocks the jug onto the floor and Grandma’s special recipe is wolfed down by the dog…
- Dog urine
…Which brings us on to dog urine. Bless our furry little friends who sometimes work themselves up into such a frenzy they leave us a little extra present.
- Pine needles
Nothing beats a real Christmas tree but with children pulling off chocolates, the heating on high and a lack of water it’s sometimes not long before our beloved tree starts dropping pine needles all over the floor and oh! can they be spikey to stand on. What’s more, pine needles secrete Tannin which can leave behind an ugly stain on wood floors.
- Cranberry sauce
Cranberry sauce is a Christmas favourite for accompanying turkey, poultry, game and cheese. Whatever way you’re planning on eating yours this year, you won’t have to live with a constant reminder of your feast should any fall off your plate and onto the floor.
- Fat and grease
Both essential for a traditional slap up Christmas dinner, they might taste great smothered into your roast potatoes but on the floor can leave a nasty stain.
- Mud, puddles and grass stains
After hours of eating, the post-Christmas dinner walk is essential for working off those extra roast potatoes. However you’ll always have one relative who’ll forget to leave their wellies by the door leaving a trail of dirty footprints through the house.
For those who prefer a traditional tipple at Christmas eggnog is a delicious treat but can lead to some disastrous dance moves around the house! Although fun, this is likely to cause a spill or two and we all know how horrible stale milk can smell if left to soak into the floor.
It’s not only children, in-laws and pets who can create a mess at Christmas. The big jolly chap who pops down the chimney on Christmas Eve (or your other half who pretends to!) can also leave a path of soot and dust. At least this year you can quickly clean the floors before the children work out where, or should we say who, the footprints lead to!
If you’re worried about seeing one or all of these stains this Christmas, you needn’t be. Thanks to BISSELL’s new handheld Stain Eraser you can enjoy cordless convenience and a concentrated formula perfect for tackling pesky spills and stains, leaving you with more time to indulge with the family.
The BISSELL Stain Eraser is available from BISSELL Direct with a 15 and 30-minute run time and an RRP of £99.99 and £109.99, respectively.
Disclaimer: I received this product in exchange for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.