Stains – every homeowner’s worst nightmare. They appear suddenly without a warning and can destroy everything from your clothes to your expensive carpet. Living in London is commonly associated with a busy daily life full of work and meetings. The only chance you will get to deal with the nasty stains is during the weekends. And we all know how fun is that and how often you skip the stain cleaning. We decided to create the ultimate stain cleaning guide and help you regain control in your own home.
1. Crayons Stains on Walls and Upholstery
Having children comes with the unpleasant task of cleaning “art” from the walls and furniture. Fortunately for you, it is not as hard as it sounds.
- To remove crayons from walls or floors use baking soda. Dab a clean damp cloth into soda and gently rub. You can also use toothpaste.
- If your walls can’t be washed it is time for WD-40. Spray some on the masterpiece and wipe it with a cloth.
- If you have crayons on the upholstery, you will need an old toothbrush, liquid soap and water. Rub the stain until it is all gone.
2. Blood Stains and How to Clean Them
We are not talking about a scene from CSI, of course. A simple cut to the hand can stain your new couch permanently. So put a bandage on that wood and start cleaning.
- Get a clean cloth, rinse it with cold water and blot the stain.
- Apply soap directly onto the damaged spot and continue blotting.
- Using cold water and a sponge, wash the soap.
- Repeat until the stain is all gone.
3. Wine Stains on Your Carpets and Furniture
After a hard day, you go back to your beautiful London home, play some music have a glass of wine and start profusely to scrub your white sofa. A scene, all too familiar. Let us give you a couple of directions here:
- Always blot, never rub.
- Use a white cloth to dab and soak the excess wine.
- Put salt on the stain, like a lot of it, and let it dry.
- When the salt has absorbed all of the wine, vacuum the stain.
- If there is still something left use water and liquid detergent to blot it off.
- Wash with hot water.
4. Grease Stains – Your Worst Enemy
We have good news and bad news. The bad is this is one of the hardest types of stains to remove from fabric. The good news is that if you are fast enough you may be able to get rid of them without professional cleaning help.
- Wash the stain with cold water.
- Apply a liquid stain remover and rub it until foam starts forming.
- Leave it for fifteen minutes.
- Wash with cold water and repeat.
5. Tomato Sauce on the Carpet
Tomatoes are delicious and have various health benefits. But they also leave dreadful stains all over the place. However, there a couple of tricks that can save you:
- Put salt on the stain while it is still wet. The salt will absorb all of the moisture and prevent the stain to embed in the fabric.
- Wash the stain with cold water and soap.
6. Remove All Makeup Stains from Fabrics
We all hate when this happens. Makeup is a great way to boost your confidence and ruin your clothes or upholstery at the same time. Thankfully it is easy to wash.
- For powdery products try to dust them away or vacuum the stain. This should remove enough of the product and if you are fast enough it won’t stain the fabric.
- Use makeup remover. It is fast and easy and it won’t damage your clothes or upholstery.
- Liquid soap and water are a good solution for removing mascara, eyeliner and lipstick.
- Use a couple of drops of rubbing alcohol to remove stains from liquid foundations.
7. Coffee Stains in Your Home
The busy London life walks hand in hand with at least two coffees a day. This will inevitably result in the unpleasant cleaning task of washing coffee stains in the early morning. Here is what you need to do in order to not be late for work.
- Don’t let the stain to dry.
- Pour cold water on it and gently rub a couple of drops of liquid soap.
- Wash the soap.
- Use paper towels to dry out the fabric.