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  Tips and tricks on removing tough stains

However clean and tidy we try to keep our home, accidents will still happen. As a result, we often end up with a variety of stains on our carpets and furniture.  These stains mar the appearance of an otherwise beautiful home. Accidents are particularly likely for those that live with children or pets, and getting rid of some of those stains can often seem impossible.

Below you will find a selection of common stains and spills, together with helpful tips on how best to clean and eliminate them. You should bear in mind that there are some stains that cannot be removed without special products or equipment.  You will need to call for professional assistance.  A quality maid service can offer assistance with the removal of tough, built-in stains.   Use of professional methods and quality products and equipment by a maid or cleaning service is often unavoidable.  Remember, however, that, there are some stains that may never be completely removed and they are some that you can remove yourself.   Here are some tips:

Wine stains: Apply a mild detergent to a sponge, and gently dab the stain. Then apply a few drops of white vinegar combined with water (or you can use ammonia combined with water). This combination should be a ratio of one part white vinegar/ammonia to two parts water. Follow this treatment up with cold water flush.

Chewing gum: First, loosen as much of the gum as possible with a spoon edge. Then rub a piece of ice over the residue of the gum before using the spoon edge again to scrape still more away.   Finally, use a cleaning fluid to soak the last traces of the gum.  If a stain remains, try sponging it off with a mild detergent combined with water.

Soft drinks: These should not be left to dry.  Otherwise, they become very difficult to remove. Instead, sponge them immediately with cool water, and then use undiluted liquid detergent on the stain. You can then rinse with cool water. You may need to let the stain soak in water for a while before using the detergent. You may also have to use bleach on particularly tough stains, but always remember that using bleach can cause discolouration.

Candle wax: Start by using a blunt utensil to remove as much of the wax as you can. But if the wax is on carpet, you should take care not to catch the carpet fibres. Follow by placing ice cubes on the stain to freeze it, allowing you to pick away the more hardened sections of wax. Then apply a very small amount of alcohol, quickly blotting it off with a clean, dry napkin. At this point, use a little oil/grease remover, which is widely available from hardware stores. Follow the directions on the bottle, but generally soak the stain for around ten minutes. Apply a little more alcohol to the stain afterwards to remove the grease remover.

Another method for the removal of candle wax is to place brown paper over the stain, and gently apply a heated iron to the bag. This process should transfer the wax stain to the bag. You may need to repeat the step a couple of times.

Bloodstains: A bloodstain on a carpet can be cleaned by using hydrogen peroxide, and then flushing the carpet with cold water. You may need to repeat the process.   You should also bear in mind that discolouration can occur. Another method is to pour a little cold milk over the stain, and then blot.  Again, you may need to repeat this step.  You should always use cold liquid/water on bloodstains, as warm or hot water can embed and set the stain.

Pet stains: Pet urine stains should be flushed with water and then blotted thoroughly. You can then combine some vinegar, baking soda, and water, and spray the mixture on the affected spot, and let it dry. This process should help eliminate any odours. Follow by rinsing the spot and blotting again thoroughly until damp. The material can then be allowed to dry naturally.

For faecal stains, remove as much of the faeces as possible without scraping. Scraping can drag the material across unaffected sections of the carpet/upholstery. Combine water and baking soda and apply to the remaining stain. You should then remove the mixture, using a damp cloth and follow by blotting the area with a clean, dry cloth.

Ink: Begin by blotting away any excess ink.  Then apply a little dry cleaning solvent, and sponge the spot (do not rub). Blot again, and apply a mixture of neutral mild detergent (about one teaspoon) combined with lukewarm water (one cup). Apply some clean water to the area and then blot dry.

These are just a sample of how to remove some of the many stains that can ruin your furnishing and carpets.   You may come across stains that are particularly tough. In this event, you could save a lot of time and frustration by calling a professional cleaning or maid service.

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