01/08/2015 07:00 am ET Updated Jan 12, 2015

Where You Live Might Say A Lot About The Stains In Your House

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Now that the holidays are over, you may have glanced around your house and noticed some new stains in places where they weren't before. According to a survey by The Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), where you live might determine the types of stains you're most likely to encounter this time of year.

An online survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the institute between November 13-17 revealed the types of stains people typically encountered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. And while the survey sample was small -- just 2,014 people over age 18 -- the results were interesting nonetheless.

Chocolate and fruit punch/dye-based drinks caused the most stains.

Chocolate and fruit punch/dye-based drinks tied at 26 percent as the top stains found during the holiday season. Jessika James, an IICRC instructor, credits this to the prevalence of children in homes during this time. "I would imagine with the running around and the holidays, the Tangs and fruit juices get spilled on the floor," says James. The next popular stains were grease (23 percent), red or white wine (21 percent) and candle wax (19 percent).

To get rid of chocolate stains, the University of Illinois Extension has some great advice: Saturate the area with laundry stain remover. For fruit juices, you'll want to soak the stain in hand dishwashing detergent and white vinegar. And for red wine, don't even think about using white wine.

If you live in the Midwest, you're more likely to see vomit stains more than those who live in the Northeast or the West.

The explanation for this one is unclear. "Usually when we see vomit, it is associated with a hospital situation or an elderly situation," says James. "Maybe this area had a larger percentage of college students and children who could have been overeating." Whichever is the case, removing the stains are not fun. Here's how the University of Illinois advises to do so: Scrape off the excess material and soak it for 15 minutes in lukewarm water with hand dishwashing detergent and ammonia.

People in the Northeast probably ate more cranberry sauce than people in the Midwest.

If you're one of those people who ate a ton of cranberry sauce this holiday season and it's showing all over your house, treat it with a mix of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar.



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