No longer a game

“If you’ve never jumped from one couch to the other to avoid the lava you’ve never had a childhood!” ~ Anonymous

Fun and Games 2

Just for a change I’m linking to someone else’s word-prompt other than our own. The prompt is GAME.

I think I am two opposing characters rolled into one. On the one hand there’s the me who enjoys playing games, almost living in a fantasy world, and in that respect I’ve never quite grown up.  Not video games, that’s one fantasy too far.

My kids tell me I’m always away with the fairies! What’s wrong with that? I happen to like Fairyland!

Then there’s the other me the one who is a little obsessed with making my home look spick and span as the phrase goes.  It pleases me to see everything clean and tidy. I enjoy the housework and it becomes more fun if I make the chores into games and challenges.

One challenge that wasn’t a game was cleaning up a wine stain.

The Wine Tale – As soon as the evening meal is finished and the downstairs kitchen/sitting room is clean and tidy, I take my bottle of wine, (assuming I have one) retrieve the iPad from the bedroom and settle down for the evening in my upstairs sitting room.

Well, about a month ago whilst placing  my glass of wine onto the side table, I missed the drinks mat and caught the edge of my book, the wine glass flew to the floor with this result. Up until now my three year old cream carpets have remained spotless and stain free!

original wine stain

I am almost obsessive about keeping the carpets looking like new, so as you can imagine this was a major catastrophe. Cleaning this accident was to be no game, this was serious stuff! My first attempt is below.

First attempt at cleaning the stain

Not a good result even with using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The second attempt is below.

Wine stain now yellow

The stain is lighter but I appear to have spread it further!

Last night with only a spoonful in the bottom of my glass I lifted the bottle for a refill, unfortunately, I didn’t lift the bottle high enough and the bottle caught my glass! Have you any idea how much a spoonful of red wine can spread? I dabbed and dabbed and then went back to my mixture, it cleaned up a treat.

Meanwhile the son who was watching TV with me, gave me a lecture… “Why can’t you drink white wine up here seeing as you’re getting so clumsy?”  He left the room. A couple of minutes later he returned. “Mum, I’m so sorry but when I came up earlier carrying my coffee I must have splashed on the stairs!

Stained stair carpet

Splashed!! I think he must have spilt half a cup, how could he not have noticed. The darker damp marks, excluding shadow, are where he has attempted to clean the stains, the smaller white marks are the ones he didn’t clean and where I sprayed carpet cleaner and left overnight, the white powder brushes off.

I have a coffee maker and clean cups in my bedroom, why on earth did he make the coffee downstairs and fetch it up?

I think the games are over and it’s time to call in the big guns, the professionals!  Failing that maybe buy a big rug!

(c) 2018.  Responding to the word-prompt GAME from Fandango

18 thoughts on “No longer a game

  1. This is why all of the floors in my home are wood (with some throw rugs scattered around). With a cat, a dog, and a clumsy person (me), there is no doubt that I’d end up spending half my time shampooing my rugs if we had carpeting throughout. That’s not a game I want to play.


    1. My new kitchen is one of those open plan living room dining area ones and has a wooden floor. I planned it like that thinking all those 11 grandkids of mine could spill and make a mess and it would be easily cleaned. I intended to keep upstairs just for me. Never expected I would be the one to do the damage! Didn’t expect the son to temporarily move back either! Thank you for commenting, it’s appreciated

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    1. Absolutely not. Jokes aside, I was devastated. Josh’s stains will clean off, but the one I made I think will probably be permanent.

      I always accepted and cleaned up the mess Five kids and a husband who refused to take off his shoes when he was in and out always made. Then I was alone in my own little domain and I longed for the cream carpets. No one to spoil them! What was I thinking?


  2. gc

    The spills on the carpet are something to whine about Susan. Calling in the big guns to remedy the situation might be the answer. Ensure that the new carpeting you buy has been treated to resist all types of stains including red wine and coffee. Cheers! 🙂

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    1. This one was treated! I made the first spill worse in the way I tried to clean it. I rubbed instead of dabbing. The second lot of wine cleaned up well because I gently dabbed at it, them applied the mixture. Thanks Gerry 🙂


  3. MNL

    did the big guns cure it? you’re braver than me. I would never have attempted a cream carpet — but then I’m more than a tad clumsy to begin with.

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    1. I haven’t called them yet. I keep redoing the stain myself, it fades a little more each time so hopefully I might manage it myself! I think a small rug in front of the sofa would be a good idea, failing that I could swap to white wine or stop drinking wine! Thank you Catz

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      1. Yes I was told that at the time but I didn’t have white wine. I used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide as advised and shown on You tube. I made it worse by initially rubbing instead of gently dabbing up the red wine first. It’s a dark cream right now so is getting there. 🙂

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  4. PePa.

    I think some stains are better left clean for they leave a reminder of our faults which in turn makes us more keen in times next.We can’t erase our mistakes as every attempt makes them more ugly.We can only embrace the imperfections as they make life more beautiful. PEPA.


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