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TOP TIPS ON HOW TO REMOVE STAINS WITHIN YOUR HOME

Simple but very helpful
If you live in a two-story house, then keep double the cleaning equipment. This saves time and eliminates the burden of carrying heavy buckets up and down stairs.

Handy vinegar
White vinegar can be used as a cheap solution to cleaning windows and mirrors.

Coffee stains on upholstery
Clean with a solution made from dish detergent, vinegar and water. Mix 3 parts water, 1 part vinegar and 1 part detergent. Blot the stain.

Nail polish stains
Try sponging the spot gently with a non-oily acetone nail polish remover. Blot with a clean white rag.

Red wine stains
• Sponge the stain with club soda or white wine. Shaving cream from a can, can also help, but ensure you do not allow the material to get too wet.

Marker in a carpet
• To get rid of an ugly permanent marker stain, you must first vacuum the area to get rid of loose dirt or dust. Try using alcohol or a non-oily hairspray as a removing agent. Apply a small amount at a time and blot. If you are unable to remove the stain, an alternative is to snip away the stained edges and use tweezers to pull out the harshly stained fibers.

Quick Carpet Cleaning Tips

  • Test your carpet before starting any scrubbing, extracting or spotting cleans. Some carpets can be sensitive to acidic cleaners and some to alkalis and can lose their dye.
  • Always clean up spills and accidents as they happen. Most dirt can be removed if attended to quickly. Only when it is left to react does it become a ’stain’.
  • Never rub or brush spots; always work from the outside in and then soak it into a paper towel or cloth.
  • Do not overuse any carpet chemicals, or you will be left with residue in the carpet that cannot be vacuumed.
  • Wool carpet is ideal material as its texture and resilience means that it is easily cleanable, harder to dent and harder to get soiled.