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It makes sense to enhance the look of your home especially if you have people coming over. After all, there are many occasions in your life that you have to celebrate with friends and loved ones.
So if you're planning to host a party, it's better to be on the lookout for potential spills, stains, and accidents in your carpet and other upholstery furniture.
While it's easy to be overwhelmed, here are a few helpful tips that you have to keep in mind to protect your carpet during parties:
Have a Strict ‘Shoes Off’ Rule
Of course, you're not a hundred percent sure that your carpet doesn't get stains during an event. But what you can do is to eliminate the chance that of getting a dirty carpet. Try to enforce a “no shoes inside” rule.
Explain to your guests beforehand that they have to take off their shoes before entering your home. That way, your carpet won't be exposed to dirt and mud throughout the entire duration of the party.
If the event does involve kids, then you should be stricter on this policy more. Why not try creating a "kids zone," and an adults-only area? Doing so will make your carpet better-protected from possible stains.
Make Certain Areas Off Limits
Have you ever thought about putting "do not enter" areas around your home, to prevent the entry of wandering guests? Other people might think it come across as rude to their guests, but it's quite the opposite.
It's a genius way to protect your furniture. Your guests will understand why you have to keep certain areas off-limits during a party. Another smart alternative is to try hosting your party outdoors, maybe in your front lawn, backyard, or furnished basement.
Set Down Coasters Everywhere
During a party, even if it means that you have to fill your home with makeshift garbage cans and coasters in every area, then so be it.
When you see to it that no one is holding those used napkins and paper plates for too long, the better, as it will make your upholstery and indoor carpet stain-free. It also frees up your guests' hands to hold their drink more securely, so that they don't spill it all over the place.
Having a party-ready mentality beforehand will ensure that guests won't leave and litter their food and drinks everywhere.
Use Protective Liners
Protect your furniture and carpets by covering them with area rugs, fitted covers, and attractive throws during an event. Fitted covers and throws will safely cover your furniture, and area rugs will secure the high-traffic areas in your home.
Aside from that, area rugs also protect your carpet from being spilled over by food, wine, and other drinks. Buying these things is already a small investment, compared to having to buy a new rug, or furniture pieces being re-upholstered.
Invest in a Stain Protector or Absorbent Seal
Keeping a stain protector at hand is a necessity in every home. By having a stain protector spray, you'll ensure that you can quickly clean stains even by just using a paper towel and a spray bottle of water. It can remove the toughest stains, from wine to dirt.
So if you're the type of person who cannot stomach the thought of stains and dirt, then investing in a stain protector is worth it. It will also ensure that you'll be stress-free during the entire duration of the event and enjoy yourself.
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As the party wears on, don't hesitate to remind your guests about their plates and drinks. For instance, your uncle may not know the dangers of dancing on your carpet with a half-empty glass of wine at hand.
The key here is making your guests feel at home, not scolding anyone while keeping your belongings safe. You could even use a carpet cleaning machine after the party to help refresh the carpet.
Do Constant Walkthroughs
As the event is ongoing, make several passes through your house. You might grab a garbage bag, or throw away empty plastic cups and paper plates. If the party is big, you may ask someone (maybe a family member or friend) to handle the garbage control.
Not only will these routine walk-through protect your carpet and furniture from stains, but it will also make the post-party clean-up a lot more convenient.
Wrapping It Up
Most of all, don't forget to enjoy yourself and have fun during the party. Hosting a party in your home is a beautiful opportunity to spend some time with your friends and family.
Don't get too caught up about guests damaging your carpet, up to the point that you don't have the time to entertain people. Take simple and easy steps to protect your carpet, and arrange for a deep cleaning service after the party is over.
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