We sure do love the smell of holiday pine from Christmas trees, but sometimes they can leave a mess behind. If you’ve already removed your Christmas tree only to discover stains on your carpet, here’s what to do: 

First thing to know is that there are three different types of stains:

  • Sap from your tree
  • Dye from tree skirts
  • Dirty water stains from leaky tree stands

Second thing to know is how to remove these stains:

Sap – Moisten a white towel with rubbing alcohol. Blot the sappy stain and continue until sap is completely removed.

Dye – Blot with rubbing alcohol and a white towel until no more color transfers to the towel. Then, use a diluted mixture of mild liquid detergent and blot. Avoid rubbing, as this can distort the fibers in your carpet. Any dye remaining? You may need to call a professional carpet cleaner.

Dirty Water – Blot up all excess water. Clean with a diluted mixture of mild liquid detergent and blot until no more soil is transfer to the towel. To dry, cover with 1 half layer of white toweling and weight it down with a book. The remaining moisture will pick up into the toweling.

Of course, the number one way to be stain-free is to prevent it in the first place! So next year, place a towel underneath your Christmas tree to act as a barrier between your tree and your floor.

For more spot removal tips, visit Triple S on the web. We are your source for top notch professional cleaning services for all your textiles, including carpet! We are a family owned business with over 50 years of experience, ready to help you get rid of Christmas tree stains and other holiday accidents.

Triple S has three main plant locations:

Stamford Plant | 400 West Main Street
Norwalk Plant | 337 Westport Avenue
Stratford Plant | 1800 Stratford Avenue