Saving Your Household Items From Common Holiday Stains
12 November 2014
Do you dread organizing holiday parties for the fear of what that might bore for your precious and clean rugs? No need to fear family dinners any more. Here are some easy-to-follow tips on how to squeeze the stain out of your carpet and furniture without letting it spoil your festive mood. And none of that involves hiring professional cleaners or sending your rug for carpet cleaning. 1. Red wine stainsRed wine stains are the most difficult to get off and they set in very quickly. In order to avoid the stain from spreading over a large area, immediately blot the spill with paper towels or cloth. Dampen a clean cloth with water and sponge the stain without spreading it. Blot it dry after; stand on the towels to soak in any liquid that has seeped into the fibres. Pour some salt or baking soda over it, place a dry towel on it to stop people from walking over it and leave it for the moment. When the guests have gone, make a house cleaning agent by mixing some dishwashing liquid, white vinegar and water and spray it on the stain. Apply in small quantities and blot dry with a dry cloth till the stain is dissolved. Rinse it with a clean, damp cloth, then blot it dry again. If the rug is too wet, put a stack of paper towels on top of it weighed down by something heavy and leave it overnight.2. Gravy stainsWhen everyone is reaching for the gravy pot, it is likely that there will be a few gravy stains on the tablecloth. If you are having dinner, don’t get up to clean the stain immediately. Just scrape up the extra gravy to stop the stain from becoming bigger and pour some flour or cornstarch over it to soak up the grease. When you have time later, apply some prewash stain cleaner and soak the cloth overnight in warm water with some enzyme detergent and all-fabric bleach. The next day, put it in for a wash using the warmest water possible. 3. Candle waxWhether you are creating a warm environment for Christmas or a scary one on Halloween, burning candles are bound to leave wax drips. The best thing about candle wax is that it is easier to remove after it has cooled down. Allow enough time for the wax to stiffen and then scrape it with your finger or a butter knife. In case of coloured candles, clean the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent, after that place it between paper towels and iron over it to transfer the wax to the paper. Do this as many times as needed, using new sheets, until all the wax is removed. Rub a little liquid detergent on the spot and wash it in warm water.4. Water or coffee ringsWhen there are drinks going around, someone is bound to leave their mug or glass on the table without a coaster. You will probably not notice it until the rings has already condensed upon the surface. If you do notice it before, wipe the surface dry immediately. But if you see the rings later, make a paste of half toothpaste and half baking soda and gently rub it on the ting using a cotton cloth. Repeat this process until the ring disappears, then use a dry cloth to buff the surface. Take note that this process is probably not recommended for unfinished wood, lacquer or antiques. Use these quick solutions to cleaning some of the most common staining problems in the next holiday season and you are sure to save you a lot of money and efforts to look for a suitable cleaning company.
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