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Complete Stain Removal Guide

The Complete Stain Removal Guide

As you probably already know from the time your nephew accidentally kicked the expensive glass of red wine all over your cream carpet three Christmas’s ago and the evidence is very much still there (although hidden under a rug you don’t like). Or like the time you decided to do some spontaneous painting and dribbled white paint all over your new jeans. Stains are a nightmare. No questions asked.

You’re told to scrub up the liquid as quickly as possible and then you’re told to under no circumstances to scrub at spillages. You’re told to wait until it’s dried and then try again but then you’re told to fix it as soon as possible. We’re told water is always the answer and then we’re told to never use water. So I know what you’re thinking… “What on earth do I do to clean these stains?”.

Well luckily, we’re here to help with your complete stain removing guide complete will all the cleaning chemicals you should be using and the do’s and don’t!

Dealing With Milk Stains On The Sofa

Forget everything you’ve ever heard or been told about removing milk stains from your sofa and follow these quick and easy steps:

  1. Use your kitchen paper towels and centrefeed roll to quickly absorb as much milk as possible whilst it’s still wet. Be careful to dab it and don’t be tempted to scrub!
  2. Wet your fingernails or something similar and very carefully attempt to remove any of the dried matter without scraping the sofa itself.
  3. Mix some dishwashing detergent with a cup of cold water in a bowl. Any dishwashing detergent will do.
  4. Use a clean sponge, microfibre cloth or white cloth and dip it into your soapy water and gently blot the stain. Start at the outer edges and then work your way towards the centre to stop the stain from spreading. Again, don’t be tempted to scrub and gently does the trick!
  5. Once you’re happy you’ve got it all, use another dry clean cloth to dry the spot simply dabbing at it.
  6. Don’t forget the bad odours milk stain leaves! Baking soda will be great for this. Simply sprinkle it over the affected area, leave overnight and then brush it off or vacuum it off the next morning.

Good luck!

Dealing With Wine Stains On Your Carpet

Now this is a tricky one – especially if we’re talking red wine! You need to act quick but correctly. If you do something wrong in this situation, it could be the end of your carpet forever and you might have to rearrange your living room to hide the stain.

But, if you follow these instructions, we’re sure you’ll be fine:

  1. Use a dry and clean white cloth to blot the spillage immediately.
  2. Pour a little bit of cold water onto the mark and keep blotting. Don’t mix your water with anything that you think might “clean” the mess as it won’t!
  3. Once your cloth gets reasonably dirty, swap to another clean and dry cloth and keep blotting until no more stain is being removed from this method.

An alternative method is to try this:

  1. Mix two cups of warm water with a tablespoon of dishwasher liquid.
  2. Apply the solution generously onto the wine mark with a clean sponge.
  3. Then mix baking soda with water using a 1 to 3 ration. Apply it to the wine spillage and then wait for it to completely dry.
  4. Vacuum up the dry paste.

Voila. An (almost) as good as new carpet!

Dealing With Wax Stains On Your Wooden Furniture

Candle wax can be a bit of a nightmare since it’s so hot you can’t really deal with it straight away. Luckily, it’s best dealt with once dry and cool by using your finger nail or a similar object to remove the dried up wax. However, if the wax has crept into the grain of your furniture, here’s what you should do:

  1. Carefully pop a piece of brown paper on the area of wax.
  2. Leave an iron to warm up and then gently place it onto the paper over the wax stain.
  3. Move your iron as you normally would over the brown paper but for no longer than 30 seconds.
  4. Repeat this step until there’s no wax on the furniture.

We hope this helps! Let us know how it goes!

 

 

 

Dealing With Water Spots On Your Glass Shower Doors

It might not seem like a big deal, but they’re super annoying when you realise you can’t get rid of them no matter what you do! So here’s some ideas you could try:

  1. Mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle with a 50:50 ratio.
  2. Spray the solution directly onto your glass shower door.
  3. Wipe the glass with a damp sponge. No techniques needed.
  4. Let the solution sit for 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse the solution off the door with a shower head or if not possible, a spray bottle of water.
  6. Dry the glass with a microfibre cloth.

To avoid those spots coming back again, frequently cleaning your shower door with our Ecover Glass & Mirror Cleaner and Unger squeegee using a reverse S motion. and hopefully, you won’t have to deal with the annoying water spots again!

Dealing With Paint Stains On Your Clothes

We know, we know. You walk into a room your about to paint and you consider putting your “scruffs” on but you think “no I’ll be okay, I’ll be careful” and you are careful, but somehow paint always finds its way onto our clothss and you have no idea how (we’ve been there).

Luckily, you favourite jumper or jeans don’t have to be ruined forever if you act on the paint mark quick enough…

  1. First up. Start cleaning the clothes as fast as you possibly can. Remove as much paint as you can with a spoon or something similar until you’re just left with a paint “splodge” as we like to call it. Or if you paint is already dry, scrape it off gently with a blunt-edged implement.
  2. Use a cotton bud to gently lift off any excess wet paint. Keep using cleaning ones instead of repeating the action with the dirty one and never be tempted to scrub at the mark as this will only make it larger and be more likely to stain!
  3. Now check your clothes for any specific washing requirements. There’s no point using these techniques if your clothes will react badly to them!
  4. Now if it all suits with your clothes labelling, try running clean and warm (not hot) water through the stain to remove as much paint as you can.
  5. Now check what type of paint you’ve spilt. Poster paint? Acrylic paint? Emulsion paint?

Poster Paint:

Pour a small amount of Persil Small & Mighty Bio directly onto the stain using the stain eraser ball then rub the stain with the stain eraser. Rinse and reapply as required.

Acrylic Paint:

Try and apply an alcohol-based cleaner such as nail varnish remover, hairspray or rubbing alcohol to the stain with a clean and dry cloth. Always try this on a hidden area or old garment first though!

Then Pour a small amount of Persil Small & Mighty Bio directly onto the stain using the stain eraser ball then rub the stain with the stain eraser. Rinse and reapply as required.

Emulsion Paint:

Try placing the item of clothing stain down on clean kitchen roll/centrefeed roll and gently blot the stain from the back with a clean, dry cloth. Then  apply a small amount of Persil small and mighty Bio dreictly onto the stain before placing the clothing inn hot soapy water to soak over night.

When you come to check on the cloth in the morning, apply detergent one final time and very gently scrub the stained area before washing the garment as normal. You may need to repeat the process a couple of times.

For more advice, feel free to contact our friendly team of cleaning experts:

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Dealing With Mildew Stains On your Bathroom Ceiling

If you live in a hard water area, you’ve probably come across this annoying stain. Not only does it make your bathroom look unattractive, it’s not great for our health too so it’s essential to remove it asap!

  1. Get your safety gear ready with goggles, gloves and face mask as we want to protect your health and safety! Don’t skip on this task as you think “I’ll be okay”! Open any windows too!
  2. Spray our recommend Astonish Mould & Mildrew Remover onto the infection area but try not to use too much!
  3. Leave the Astonish Mould & Mildrew Remover cleaning to soak into the mildew for about 15 minutes.
  4. Return to the mildew, safety gear still intact, and use a clean scrubbing cloth and scrub up the mildew.
  5. Try not to stay in the bathroom for longer than 10 minutes to avoid inhaling too many cleaning fumes. If you have to take a break and come back later, please do!
  6. Once you have removed all the mildrew, dry everything thorough as moisture and damp will only make the mildew return!
  7. Always keep your bathroom well ventilated!

And that’s it from us on cleaning up common and tricky stains. If you would like more advice on these stains or others, please feel free to contact our friendly team of experts who will be happy to help and offer advice on the best cleaning supplies for you!

Happy Cleaning

The Pattersons Team

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