Blog: Sunshine, Sangria, and Stain Removal

By natalie on Mon July 23rd, 2018 Permalink
Blog: Sunshine, Sangria, and Stain Removal

We are loving the sunny weather in Portland this week, and can’t help but feel inspired to entertain!! Welcoming loved ones into our homes can also invite unexpected stains and soils onto our rugs and carpets -  Soiled shoes track hard-to-remove dirt from the yard or garden across carpets and refreshing beverages can cause major stains on our favorite area rugs.


In preparation for your upcoming guests, we’ve got a refreshing five-minute sangria recipe and a five-step wine stain removal guide to help keep your carpets looking their best and brightest!


Sangria Recipe

Whether it’s hosting a fun summer dinner party or sitting by the fire on a breezy summer night, sangria is the perfect addition to your weekend plans. Here’s our favorite refreshing recipe by fellow Portlander, The Minimalist Baker:


1. Add apples, oranges, and sugar to a large pitcher and muddle with a muddler or wooden spoon for 45 seconds.

2. Add orange juice and brandy and muddle again to combine for 30 seconds.

3. Add red wine and stir to incorporate, then taste and adjust flavor as needed. I added a bit more brandy, orange juice and brown sugar. Stir to combine.

4. Add ice and stir once more to chill. Serve as is, or with a bit more ice. Garnish with orange segments (optional).

5. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours, though best when fresh.


Stain Removal


Red wine is one of the most common spills we see in the home and it’s also one of the hardest stains to remove. This stain treatment advice is for synthetic wall-to-wall carpets that are installed in your home. We do not recommend using these steps on wool wall-to-wall carpets, upholstery, or area rugs. Since area rugs vary in construction and dye sets, we do not recommend treating stained rugs in home for risk of damaging the rug.


If it happens to you, be sure to act fast by following our five-step guide from our expert cleaners:


1. Blot (never scrub) the spill with an absorbent cloth or paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible.

2. Apply a cleaning solution of one teaspoon of clear, mild liquid dishwashing detergent in one cup of cool water and blot.

3. Combine one tablespoon of household ammonia with half a cup of warm water, apply to the stained area, and blot.  (Do not apply a stronger ammonia solution or you may harm carpet or rug fibers.)

4. A solution of one-third cup of white vinegar and two-thirds cup of water may be applied to remove the last traces of color and blot.

5. Apply water and blot.


Have another stain? We recommend using our Spot Out, pH neutral cleaner. This cleaner is safe on most installed carpet fibers and most stains, but call us for a consultation before spot-treating yourself.

This product is available for purchase at our SE Portland location, and is provided as a courtesy by our technicians at most residential cleanings for maintenance in-between scheduled services.

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