Why there’s no need to cry over spilt milk again

crafting on the floor

As a mum of two young children I have an ongoing battle to keep our house clean and tidy. Our current house has wooden floors in the living areas which makes it nice and easy to keep clean. Whilst the children are young we have invested in a few rugs to both muffle the sound of their noisy toys on the floor and to also give them something nice and soft to sit on. Thinking about it, we ask quite a lot from our poor old rug!

They know they are not to have any drinks or snacks on our beautiful, expensive sofas but they have pretty much free reign whilst sitting on the floor. So it’s probably no surprise that food and drinks get spilt pretty frequently. Just the other day I was cooking in the kitchen when I heard the familiar tones of my 6 year old shouting “Muuuuuuum, I’ve had an accident.” I rushed in to see he had knocked over his (full) cup of bedtime Ovaltine all over the rug. It’s not the first time this has happened – think after-school chocolate biscuits and sticky sweets! – but I’d like to think I’m pretty laid back, as long as it is a genuine accident.

Our present rug is looking pretty good, despite many such accidents. The last few rugs have come from Ikea which have been brilliant quality and price. Our living room currently has a an orange with white spots pattern which makes the perfect giant game board for my children. I doubt the designer ever thought it would be used for that! Anyway we try to replace it every couple of years though as it’s not always possible to get stains out. Thankfully my days of drinking at home and knocking a glass of wine over the carpet appear to be over.

I remember my Uni days when we always poured a glass of white wine or cup of salt over a red wine stain. Did it ever work? No, and it often made a far bigger stain! So I was excited to hear that Carpetright are working with stain removal experts, Dr Beckmann, to create useful video content on cleaning horrific red wine stains without wasting a drop of white wine! You can find the video and more information about the Dr Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover on the Carpetright blog along with helpful advice on keeping your carpets fresh and in tip top condition.

Now I would love to hear your horror stories too. I’m hoping we’re not the only family with suspicious looking stains on the rug. Kids seem to attract mess so I’m sure my readers will be able to better my Ovaltime story. Or if you have any useful tips for keeping your carpets clean, please share them in the comments below.

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  • Reply
    Kitty Morris
    July 28, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    I have two step sons, and one day I woke up to silence. Now you know that means something has happened. I left the bedroom to discover two very panicked children scrubbing the hall carpet, which had a 2ft bright blue section suddenly. As did their bedroom. And one of the walls. And because they’d been scrubbing it, they’d spread it out and really sunk it into the carpet. It never came out! Thankfully one of my neighbours mentioned that under their hallway carpet they had found parquet flooring. I immediately went home and pulled the corner of the carpet up… and we had parquet! Their bedroom however still has a bright blue section. I never found out what it was!

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    July 28, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    I often drop make up on my floor, of course completely accidental! But sometimes stains are so hard to remove, so thank you for this post! X

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