NOW: The first rule with sticky spots is to avoid spreading the stain around, so scoop up pieces of cranberry with a spoon. Use a pretreater pen or try this simple solution: Dab the area gently with a cloth dipped in club soda; the bubbles will help break the bond between the surface and the stain. Alternatively, use cool water and dish soap. Note: If the material is dry-clean-only, step away from the pretreater pen and send the item straight to the cleaner, as the pen could leave a permanent mark.
LATER: For a spill on a cushion, mix one teaspoon of white vinegar with a quarter cup of rubbing alcohol and sponge onto the stain. The alcohol helps break down the stain, and the vinegar makes it easier to remove. Let the solution sit for 15 minutes, then blot dry with a clean cloth. If the cranberry is on machine-washable fabric, apply a mixture of one teaspoon dish soap and one tablespoon rubbing alcohol. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wash on the coldest setting. Make sure the stain is gone before throwing the item into the dryer, since heat will set the stain for good.