Tips for Removing Stains from Household Surfaces
24 October 2014
Simple stains are only a problem if you let it stay there, but removing stains can be easily done and leave no traces behind. With some basic actions, you can reduce the stress of house cleaning when it comes to spills. With these helpful tips for stain disaster management and removal, no one will ever know that a spill had occurred in the first place!Removing Stains from WallsIf you have little kids whose exploring hands have discovered that drawing on the walls with a marker is fun, or have a pet inside who rubs its fur against the wall, or are just noticing a build-up of general dust and dirt, don’t worry! Removing such stains from walls is easily done. Generally, a dry sponge can remove loose stains and it is recommended to wipe walls using a dry sponge around once a month to avoid a collection of dust building up. For tougher stains, a liquid solvent mixture is recommended. Attend to the stains using a cloth dipped in this mixture and rub in clockwise circles over the stain.Removing Stains from CarpetListing the things that can potentially spill and stain the carpet is almost endless – we all know that feeling of looking down and seeing a great, big blotch of mess. For any stain, it is likely to fall to the carpet in a circular shape. Start by blotting the spot using a cloth or rag and start from the outside in. Rinse thoroughly with warm water, and repeat the process. It may take a number of repetitions to see results. Depending on the stain, you may want to disinfect the area. Using a spray disinfectant, or create your own using three drops of lavender oil in a cup of water, spray around the stain. This will disinfect and deodorise the carpet.Removing Stains from FabricClothing or bed linen or blankets can attract stains. Perhaps the most common stain issue here is coffee, tea, juice or other liquids. At least once in everyone’s life they are going to spill a drink on their top, or while sitting on the sofa with a blanket, or in bed with that morning cup of coffee. Treat any liquid stain immediately with damp paper towel or a cloth. Blot at the stain, but be mindful not to spread the stain and make it large. Dab continually until the stain begins to life. Then, in a bucket of warm, soapy water, let the garment soak for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and wring out the fabric, then machine wash as normal.Removing stains from BenchesOil, milk, greasy butter, food dye, eggs – these items are all at risk of being spilt on the kitchen bench. The first step in attending to these stains is time – get to it quickly before the stain has a chance to settle and become permanent. First, blot the stain using paper towel and soak up excess liquid and moisture. Then wipe the surface with some damp paper towel. Make up a mixture of a teaspoon of baking soda or bicarbonate soda with enough water to create a thin paste. Spread the paste in the affected stain area and allow it to rest there for 5-10 minutes to disinfect the mark and avoid bacteria growing. Then wipe away with a damp sponge and voila – as good as new!For more permanent, in-grained stains or more serious spills, it is recommended to hire a domestic cleaner or contact a professional cleaning agency. With expert methods and remedies, such cleaning companies will be able to effectively restore a stained surface to its full potential and increase the longevity of your home.
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