The holidays will be here before you know it; is your carpet ready? In the midst of decorations and shopping for groceries and gifts it’s also important to perform a basic assessment of your home’s carpeting. If you do not maintain a consistent carpet cleaning regimen your carpet may not be able to withstand heavy holiday traffic.

If you have family over to your home, you might face a common holidayproblem when food is served: stains on your upholstery or carpet.

So how do you clean ketchup or potato salad stains?

One popular home trick is to spray a spot or stain with one part ammonia mixed with one part hot water. Spray the stain liberally and lay a white towel over the stain. Then take a hot iron and — keeping the iron constantly moving so you don’t singe your carpet — iron over the white towel covering the stain. The towel should pick up the stain, and you can continue the process until your carpet is clean.

If you find a stain is too stubborn or you just want to update your home for the holidays you can visit Calvin's Carpet One for all of your flooring needs.