I just dropped nail polish on my wooden dresser. It stained it so bad. I have to call the company and have the wood guys come to fix it. My Husband give me a dirty look :) Love ya hunny!
I’m one of those people who would rather go to a party at someone else’s place than host one myself. All of the fun with none of the work? Yes, please.
Occasionally, though, I do suck it up and throw a get-together. And when I do, someone inevitably spills, cracks, or shatters something (and oftentimes, I have to admit, that person is me). Fortunately, with a few tricks up your sleeve, these party fouls don’t have to turn into disasters. Here’s how to solve even the most stubborn messes.
1. Red Wine on Your Couch
- Paper towels
- Clean white towel
- White wine
- Club soda (maybe)
You knew you shouldn’t have gotten all fancy and let your friends drink out of actual wine glasses instead of sturdy plastic cups—but you did, and that red wine spill on your couch looks catastrophic.
There is hope, but you’ve got to snap into action fast—couch fibers absorb liquids quickly and the longer the stain soaks in, the worse your chances at removing it.
Start by blotting the stain with clean, dry paper towels, taking care to gather up all excess liquid. Next—in a step that sounds sort of like a party trick—pour a little bit of white wine onto the stain. I know, I know—so much precious wine wasted on a couch where no wine should be. But white wine is surprisingly good at removing red wine stains.
Grab a clean white towel and blot at the stain, then watch breathlessly as it disappears. Repeat the process as many times as necessary, using club soda if you run out of wine. (Isn’t it handy that so many of the contents of your liquor cabinet double as cleaning aids?)
2. Glass Rings on Your Wood Table
- Wax paper
- Clean towel
You spent 30 minutes picking out ironically whimsical coasters at Party City, and now some unmannered buffoon has left his vodka on the rocks sitting unprotected on your coffee table. The nerve!
If you can, ignore the unsightly circular stain for now—the removal method is just as effective on old stains, so it can wait until after tomorrow morning’s hangover brunch.
Cut out a square of wax paper large enough to cover entire stain. Put it over the ring and then lay the towel on top. Iron the towel over the stain on medium heat (don’t steam!), making sure not to let the iron sit too long in one place. Lift up the towel and wax paper every 30 seconds or so to check your progress. Keep working on it until the stain is removed.
Disclaimer: I’ve only ever tried this on wood, so if your table is made of something else, do a little internet research before pulling out your iron.
3. Candle Wax on Your Carpet
- Dull knife
- Paper bag
If you’ve found that some candle wax has dripped onto your carpet, just remember—if you’re going to have a candle malfunction, it’s better that it involves the wax part instead of the fire part.
Also, it’s a pretty easy fix. First, let the wax cool before attempting to remove it. (You could speed up the process by rubbing the wax with ice cubes, but do you really want to be the girl who spent half her party rubbing ice cubes into the shag rug? Me neither.)
Once the wax has hardened, take a dull knife and gently scrape away all the excess wax you can. Then, cover whatever remains with a paper bag and, with your iron on medium heat, gently press the bag. The remaining wax will be transferred off your carpet and on to the paper bag. Magic!
4. Broken Glass on Your Floor
- Paper grocery bag
- Sliced bread
Is there an unwritten rule that at least one glass must be broken per party? I don’t know, but I do know this: Unlike glass, plastic cups do not shatter into hundreds of little knives when knocked off the counter. If you’re throwing anything beyond an intimate dinner party, use plastic instead—your guests will get over it.
But if there is a crash, clear the area immediately. Sweep up as best as you can, throwing away the shards in a paper grocery bag. And resist the urge to use your vacuum with this mess—the glass can damage it.
Then, you know the saying that nothing is better than sliced bread? Normally I disagree (don’t even try to tell me that Nutella isn’t better than sliced bread), but when it comes to picking up glass, bread really is the best. A soft (not stale) piece of bread pressed onto the floor will effectively gather up all those tiny glass shards that eluded the dustpan. (You’ll probably need four or five slices to clean it up completely.) Once a piece of bread becomes saturated with glass, throw it out immediately—you don’t want any hungry guests taking a big bite of a glass-shard sandwich.
Parties are about fun, not cleaning, so take any messes that occur in stride. It’s your party—so you’re certainly entitled to cry if you want to, but save your tears for something more important than a spill or stain.