Christmas is just around the corner. Many of us are looking forward to celebrating and getting together with family and friends. With those social gatherings comes a steady stream of people who comes in and out of your home. Unfortunately, it can also leave your much loved carpet in less than perfect condition.

With so many people visiting, not to mention the spilled drinks and dropped food, is it even possible to keep your carpet clean and beautiful during the holiday season? Of course it is. Here’s how.

Ask guests to remove their shoes

Asking guests to take their shoes upon entering is a big step towards reducing the amount of dirt that your carpet gathers. This is especially beneficial during the holiday season, when the amount of traffic is especially high.

Plan your holiday menu carefully

While it’s impossible to prevent all carpet disasters, planning your holiday menu can help avoid as many spills as possible.

Spaghetti and meatballs is a great dish. Kids love it. However, it’s also notorious for leaving carpet stains. Red wine, on the other hand, tops the list for beverages that create difficult stains.  If you’ll be serving red wine during the party, consider serving them in stemless glasses to keep them from tipping over. One bite appetizers are also recommended if you’ll be allowing guests to eat in the living room.

Act quickly

Spills happen and are often inevitable when there are a lot of people in your house. The best thing you can do to keep stains at bay is to be prepared for spills. You may want to put together a clean-up kit so it would be easier to clean up the spill as soon as it happens. Remove as much of the spilled item as possible. Do not rub the carpet as it can damage carpet fibres.