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When Your Autumn Celebrations Get Messy

Now that fall has arrived, vacations are winding down and for many of us, the next holiday doesn’t arrive until Thanksgiving.  So it’s important to celebrate the little things.  We at Anago Cleaning Systems have scoured the calendars to find unofficial holidays to celebrate to help pass the time until we stuff the turkey and watch holiday parades.

Of course, with any celebration come the risk of making a mess, often by over-celebrating. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.  Here are some autumnal days to celebrate and ways to clean up if they go a little too well.

National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day – September 13

This one has passed, somewhat thankfully! If you celebrated this day you might have some residual counter stains. We have one word for you. Okay, it’s two words technically: Baking. Soda.  Baking soda is excellent at getting stains off most counters.  Make a paste of baking soda and water, apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for five minutes, then rinse it off with a soft cloth. Be careful not to scrub, as baking soda is a mild abrasive.  It’s not for EVERY countertop surface – so heed the comprehensive advice of our friends at Architectural Digest magazine

National Drink Beer Day – September 28

Bottoms up on this splendid Saturday. But if you drink too much beer, the chances are you’ll spill some on the carpet.  Here’s our advice:  Take 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and an equal among of liquid dishwashing detergent and combine them into 2 cups of warm water.  Soak a sponge in this mixture and blot the stain – but work from the outside in.  The stain will disappear gradually.

National Black Dog Day – October 1

Our dogs are full-fledged members of the family.  But like children, they can create a cleaning challenge.  A black dog can leave noticeable hair on carpets and couches throughout the house.  So as we celebrate our black dogs, let’s also follow behind them to keep all of our surfaces clean of their fur.  Here are some tips:

  • Squeegee your carpet. A rubber squeegee is excellent at pulling up embedded pet hair.
  • Before you vacuum, dampen and sweep the carpet. Be sure it’s just damp; otherwise a wet carpet might develop mold and that is worse than a little dog hair.
  • Run a humidifier. Many of us will do this anyway during the upcoming cooler months, but doing so has the extra benefit of keeping pet hair from sticking to many surfaces.

National Taco Day – October 4

Tacos? You don’t have to tell us twice. We love tacos, but many of us scarf them down so fast that we tend to wear the tacos in addition to eating them. Well, because we’re nuts for tacos, here’s how we get stains out of our clothes. Try it:

What cuts grease better than dishwashing liquid? So use a diluted solution of dishwashing soap and gently work it into the fabric. You should see quick results and we hope you can wear the same clothes on October 8, the first Taco Tuesday after National Taco Day!

National Orange Wine Day – October 6

Yes, there is such a thing as orange wine. We took a poll in our office and 97 percent of us had never heard of Orange Wine.  Only Chad claimed he did, but he’s a bit of a showoff. We don’t know how to clean orange wine stains (though we didn’t ask Chad), but we thought we’d share what we learned:

Originally made nearly 6,000 years ago in Eastern Europe, orange wine contains no oranges! Unlike the latest beer trends, the wine comes by its color naturally.  Fermented from white wine grapes, the orange wine develops through more skin contact during the fermentation process. Makers treat the white grapes like red grapes preserving the bolder body and tannins. As a result, the ordinarily white wine will deepen into a brandy orange color.

The more you know, right?

National Gumbo Day – October 12

Okay, so gumbo’s not a no-brainer like beer or tacos, but some of us like a good seafood gumbo.  Because it’s a messy food as well, it’s a good day to remind you that seafood stains are removed differently than most other food stains.

First you should use cold water not warm or hot water. Hot water can cook the protein into fabric fibers and make the stain harder to remove. Also, you should hold the “wrong side,” the opposite side of the stain, under running water. The idea is to force out the stain, kind of pushing it off the clothing.  This is also the same method used for cleaning a blood stain, but that’s your business.

With the arrival of autumn, we hope you enjoy leaf peeping, pumpkin spice whatever, and that you have the best Halloween costume on the block.

National Boss’ Day – October 16

We hope this day isn’t messy for anyone, but it’s a chance for us to acknowledge all our bosses at Anago, led by our President & CEO Adam Povlitz. We thank them for their leadership and mentorship and we hope they have a great day.


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