How to tackle the 12 stains of Christmas

10th November 2017

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The festive season is almost upon us and that means plenty of parties, unscheduled family drop-ins and late nights perfecting the beloved Christmas Pud. But, with all the festive traditions we love comes an increase in spills, smells, and stains from one too many glasses of mulled wine, overexcited pets and intense chocolate consumption.  And that is just the start of stains aplenty.

This year you can keep your home looking fresh and smelling clean thanks to BISSELL’s carpet cleaning solutions which will happily tackle the 12 stains of Christmas…

How to tackle the 12 stains of Christmas


If like us, December is all about gorging on chocolate coins, selection boxes and Quality Street, you’re likely to have more than one occasion wherein a flurry to hide just how much of the Christmas chocolate you’ve succumbed to, it’s trodden into the carpet or squished into the sofa.

Glitter and Glue

Christmas means the kids are off school and they need entertaining – why not get them crafting cards and decorations for the home? Unfortunately, with that comes the threat of glue, glitter, and paint being splatted everywhere, including your carpets and rugs.


Chicken, beef or vegetable; whatever the flavour one thing is true – gravy is amazing! Although less so when an overexcited kitchen helper accidentally knocks the jug onto the floor and Grandma’s special recipe is wolfed down by the dog…

Dog urine

…Which brings us on to dog urine. Bless our furry little friends who sometimes work themselves up into such a frenzy they leave us a little extra present.

Pine needles

Nothing beats a real Christmas tree but with children pulling off chocolates, the heating on high and a lack of water it’s sometimes not long before our beloved tree starts dropping pine needles all over the floor and oh! can they be spikey to stand on. What’s more, pine needles secrete Tannin which can leave behind an ugly stain on wood floors.

Mulled wine

A warm glass of mulled wine is definitely one of the best bits of Christmas. That is until you have one too many and end up with half of it seeping into your cream carpets or soaking into your wooden floors…eek!

The aftermath of all that mulled wine…

Although at the time a couple of bottles of mulled wine might have seemed like a good idea, the hangover it brings is a lot less fun. This year you needn’t worry if you don’t quite make it to the bathroom, even if the in-laws are on their way over!

Cranberry sauce

Cranberry sauce is a Christmas favourite for accompanying turkey, poultry, game, and cheese. Whatever way you’re planning on eating yours this year, you won’t have to live with a constant reminder of your feast should any fall off your plate and onto the floor.

Fat and grease

Both essential for a traditional slap up Christmas dinner, they might taste great smothered into your roast potatoes but on the floor can leave a nasty stain.

Mud, puddles and grass stains

After hours of eating, the post-Christmas dinner walk is essential for working off those extra roast potatoes. However, you’ll always have one relative who’ll forget to leave their wellies by the door leaving a trail of dirty footprints through the house.


For those who prefer a traditional tipple at Christmas, eggnog is a delicious treat but can lead to some disastrous dance moves around the house! Although fun, this is likely to cause a spill or two and we all know how horrible stale milk can smell if left to soak into the floor.


It’s not only children, in-laws, and pets who can create a mess at Christmas. The big jolly chap who pops down the chimney on Christmas Eve (or your other half who pretends to!) can also leave a path of soot and dust. At least this year you can quickly clean the floors before the children work out where, or should we say who, the footprints lead to!

If you’re worried about seeing one or all of these stains this Christmas, you needn’t be. Thanks to BISSELL’s new handheld Stain Eraser you can enjoy the cordless convenience and a concentrated formula perfect for tackling pesky spills and stains, leaving you with more time to indulge with the family.

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  • five little doves 10th November 2017 at 12:29 PM

    Haha this sounds like our Christmas….or just our every day really! We could do with a good carpet cleaner!

  • Dean of Little Steps 10th November 2017 at 2:01 PM

    These are fab tips! I always struggle with my daughter’s white school tops. Stains from school. Sigh. Any tips? 😉

  • Helen 10th November 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Oh yes – Christmas is a messy time of year that’s for sure! If it’s not the glitter wrapping paper it’s the baking, Christmas tree pine needles, craft activities or mess from dinner!

  • Laura - Dear Bear and Beany 10th November 2017 at 7:45 PM

    Every Christmas someone spills something. It must be having so many people together and people not paying attention!

  • Ana De- Jesus 10th November 2017 at 10:51 PM

    Haha that was a creative concept to call it the 12 stains of Christmas LOL. I love mulled wine! x

  • Kara 11th November 2017 at 8:17 AM

    BISSELL’s new handheld Stain Eraser is amazing – it got lipstick out of my daughters carpet

  • suzy Mccullough 11th November 2017 at 6:31 PM

    Lol you have me worried now. Great tips for sorting out all the mess thank you. I’ve certainly had red wine issues in the past

  • Emma 13th November 2017 at 10:12 AM

    This made me laugh. I put a Terry’s chocolate orange in the stockings every year for our ‘Christmas Breakfast’ while we open our stockings. The boys always get chocolate on the bed! Our tablecloth always get covered in gravy over dinner as well!

  • Kira 13th November 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Haha this made me giggle . Christmas in our house is not Christmas without mulled wine stain on something ! 🙂

  • Cecil 13th November 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Loved this! Glitter and glue or my main problems during the holidays.

  • Cathy Glynn 13th November 2017 at 7:36 PM

    Such a useful guide that will come in really useful as the festive period approaches x

  • Stephanie 13th November 2017 at 9:40 PM

    This sounds like a great product for stains, the house really does take a beating over Christmas!

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