If you’re hosting a party at your home or business, you likely spend days or weeks preparing for the event. Whether it’s a small dinner party or large gathering, a child-centric bash or an adults-only get-together, the possibility of carpet damage is almost a guarantee.
1. Food and Drink
Whether it’s a slice of cake that lands icing-side down, or a glass of bubbly that gets knocked over, food and drink stains are inevitable at a party when you invite guests into carpeted rooms. Ideally, you are able to get to the stains sooner rather than later – especially if we are talking about red wine or coffee – and start blotting to try to prevent them from soaking too deeply into the carpet fibers. Chances are though, the guest responsible for the damage may not even be aware of the mess they created, or they may be completely reluctant to fess up to their carpet (or upholstery) faux pas.
Kids may be cool running around a house free of shoes, but grown-ups? Unless you are a total stickler for unsullied carpeting, you’re likely to have a number of guests who will be wandering around your shindig with their shoes on their feet; or, in the case of holiday parties, boots covered in snow, mud, salt, and the like. The amount of dirt, debris, pollen, and other sundries they leave in their wake will show up later, sometimes when it’s too late to make much of a dent in the stain. Plus, if a guest wearing shoes steps on a spilled bit of food or drink, they will track these bits around the carpet with them.
3. Grease and Oil
From pizza slices to shrimp scampi, those finger foods can be a little slippery. Don’t be surprised to discover greasy spot after spot that spilled edibles have left behind. If your guests are walking around barefooted, however, oils from their skin can also be a source of carpet soiling. While these may remain as surface stains at the start, neglecting to pursue a carpet cleaning after the fact could lead to all the surface nasties becoming ground in and harder-to-remove stains.
As gross as it may be, if you’re having a raucous alcohol-fueled gathering or a child has indulged in one too many birthday cupcakes, then a bit of vomit could easily make its way to your carpet without warning. Cleaning this up is, well, completely disgusting. And it’s completely possible that you won’t do a very good job of scrubbing because of the noxious nature of the job.
5. Pet Stains
When you know your dog is no fan of company, you may tuck her away for the night to enjoy some solo time while you throw a party. Even if your dog is a social creature, bodily functions happen. You may forget to take the dog out for a bathroom break and she just can’t hold it anymore. Or she may get so excited (or freaked out) that she has a peeing accident. Even worse, your pet ingests something that doesn’t agree with her and upchucks all over your carpeting.
Act Quickly Even When You’re Having Fun
Protectants applied to carpets can help repel water and moisture and resist soiling. However, carpet protectants are not magical barriers to carpet damage. While the protectant gives you more time to clean up any moist spills, and makes it easier to vacuum up dry spills, any unidentifiable stain that is left to sit on the carpet for too long will eventually penetrate the barrier. The stains and soiling need to be removed as soon as possible, ideally by a professional Michigan carpet cleaner.
If you’re preparing for a party or making plans to have your carpet cleaned immediately after a gathering – whether residential or commercial – contact Nu-Way Carpet Cleaning in Macomb, Michigan, to discuss your carpet cleaning needs.