DIY Tips: Top 10 Stain Removal Tips

Pesky red wine stain? Dropped curry on the floor? Learn how to get rid of these pesky stains and more by following our top ten tips to stain removal – and take a look at this link for cleaning services and products to help you get the job done.

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  • For red wine stains, white wine can often do the job, but only on fresh stains. Add a drop, blot well, then sponge them with a little bit of warm water. If that doesn’t do the trick, follow it up with an emergency carpet or upholstery cleaner. For stains on clothes, use an on-the-spot stain remover.
  • For mud stains, pre-treat clothes with a stain remover before washing as normal. If the mud still doesn’t come out, you can use methylated spirits, available from most chemists, to get them out. If the mud is on carpets or rugs, let it dry completely, give it a good scrub with a stiff brush to loosen the mud, then dig out your vacuum cleaner to vacuum it up.
  • For ballpoint pen stains, simply soak the fabric in a mixture of biological detergent and cold water overnight, then wash as normal the following day. If the stain is a bit stubborn, dab with nail varnish remover – but don’t use it on synthetic fabrics.
  • For blood stains, soak the fabric in cold, salted water for a good 15 minutes and then wash as normal with biological washing detergent. Soaking in a water/bleach solution should also do the trick. You could also use carpet shampoo.
  • For curry stains, the best way to get rid of them is to deal with them immediately – i.e. as soon as the spill occurs. For things that you can wash, use a stain removal spray as a pre-treater, leave to soak for 15 minutes, then throw straight in the washing machine and wash as normal with biological detergent. On carpets, try a little bit of diluted lemon juice.
  • For pollen stains, lift off the pollen as much as you can with a bit of sellotape – don’t rub it as it’ll get worse. Then wash as normal!
  • For grass stains, use a stain removing gel or spray. Apply according to directions, leave to soak, then wash as normal. Another more natural way to remove the stain is to mix egg white and glycerine together to use as a pre-treater before washing as normal.
  • For grease stains, you have to get creative. Put plain brown paper over the stain (if it’s on carpet or washable fabrics), then gently heat with an iron so that the paper can absorb some of the grease. On carpets, follow up with a shampoo. On upholstery, sprinkle a bit of talc onto the stain and then scrub with a stiff brush. If you can wash fabrics, just wash as normal with biological detergent.
  • For tea stains, use a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water, or white vinegar and water will do the job nicely too for clothes, upholstery and stained teaspoons.
  • For sweat stains, use a powdered stain remover. Let it soak in, then brush off and if you can wash the fabric, pop it into the washing machine and wash as normal with biological detergent.

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DIY Tips: How to Remove Tea

You might start your day with a big cup of tea but spill it and you’ll be left with a pretty nasty stain. Learn how to remove tea with these tips and take a look at these cleaning tools to help you get the job done.

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Removing Tea From Carpets

As soon as you notice the dropped tea, use a clean sponge and a bowl of cold water to sponge the stain out of the carpet as much as possible. Blot dry with kitchen paper and repeat until the carpet is as clean as you can get it. If that’s not quite doing the trick, use a dedicated carpet shampoo. Leave it to sink into the carpet for 10-15 minutes or as directed and then rinse or vacuum as needed. If the stain still hasn’t lifted, try a dedicated stain removal treatment. You might also need to use a deodorizing fabric spray to cover any spilt milk smells.

Removing Tea From Fabrics

If the stain is fresh, immediately immerse the fabric in warm water and rub the stain with your fingers to start the lifting process. Pop the fabric into the washing machine with a biological washing detergent and wash it at the hottest temperature that the fabric can take. If the stain has dried on, prep the fabric before washing with a dedicated pretreatment or stain removal treatment before washing. Leave the pretreatment on the fabric for at least 10-15 minutes before washing.

Removing Tea From Upholstery

If you‘ve spilt tea onto upholstery, your first port of call will be to dab the stain with a little bit of cold water. Blot dry with kitchen paper. If that doesn’t do the trick, mix together some warm water and biological washing detergent and dab onto the stain, then rinse until the water runs clear and blot with kitchen paper or a clean cloth. If that doesn’t do the trick, use a dedicated stain removal treatment and leave it to sit for 10-15 minutes as directed. Let the stain treatment lift the stain and then rinse the pretreatment out. Dab dry with kitchen paper or a clean cloth.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Always do a patch test when using stain removal products just in case the products cause further staining or discolouration – test on somewhere that’s out of the way and that won’t be seen should the product cause staining.
  • Check manufacturer’s instructions before using any products and make sure to check fabric care labels for further washing instructions.
  • If you’re unsure of whether or not you can clean an item, seek professional advice.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Remove Red Wine

Drinking red wine at the end of a long day is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but if you spill it, it’s a nightmare to remove. Learn how to remove it with these tips and take a look at these cleaning tools.

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Should I Use Salt?

It’s a bit of an old wives’ tale – putting salt on red wine stains has long been thought of as the easiest way to remove these stains. Unfortunately, that doesn’t really work. Instead, blot as much of the wine as you can with kitchen paper and once you’ve removed as much of the wine as possible, soak the area with sparkling or soda water to flush out the stain. Keep going, soaking and blotting until you get as much of the stain out as possible. Wash the area with warm soapy water and then rinse with clean warm water. Dry with paper towels or a clean cloth.

Removing Red Wine From Carpets

If you’ve dropped red wine on a carpet, the stain might be a little trickier to remove due to the wine soaking deep into the fibres of the carpet. Follow the steps above, and if that doesn’t do the trick, use a regular carpet shampoo. Rub in so that the shampoo really gets deep down into the fibres, then leave to soak according to manufacturer’s instructions, then rinse or vacuum as directed. If that doesn’t do the job, an industrial carpet cleaner should get the last of the stain out.

Removing Red Wine From Fabrics

If blotting and following the tips above doesn’t do the job, wash the fabric as normal with a biological washing detergent. If the stain is particularly stubborn, use a pretreatment, leave to soak for 10-15 minutes and then wash as normal on the highest temperature that the fabric can take. If you’re still not seeing results, use a dedicated stain remover and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes or as directed and then wash clean.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Always do a patch test when using stain removal products just in case the products cause further staining or discolouration – test on somewhere that’s out of the way and that won’t be seen should the product cause staining.
  • Check manufacturer’s instructions before using any products and make sure to check fabric care labels for further washing instructions.
  • If you’re unsure of whether or not you can clean an item, seek professional advice.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Remove Milk

Drop milk and you’ll definitely know about it – it leaves a rather nasty smell behind. Learn how to remove it with these tips and take a look at these cleaners to help you get the job done.

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Removing Milk

  • The first thing you need to do when trying to remove milk is to flush the liquid out with warm water. Use a clean sponge to dab warm water onto the area and pat dry with either kitchen towels or a clean cloth. Continue until the water runs clear, then pat dry.
  • Normal milk doesn’t tend to leave stains, but if it does, treat the area with a dedicated stain remover. Leave to sit for 10-15 minutes according to manufacturer’s instructions and then rinse or vacuum clean as directed. Stain removers will usually do the job but if you don’t have any luck, use a natural stain remover such as vinegar and water or baking soda and water.
  • If you’re unlucky enough to come across a flavoured milk stain – chocolate being the worst – clean the area immediately with liquid detergent and water. Leave to sit for 5 minutes or so and rub gently to lift the stain. Rinse with warm water until clean and then pat dry with kitchen towels or a clean cloth. If this doesn’t work, either use repeated liquid detergent applications or a dedicated stain removal product. Leave it to soak for as long as you can, then rinse and pat dry.
  • If you’re removing milk from a piece of white fabric, consider using a bleaching or lightening detergent to lift and lighten the stain. Keep in mind, however, that the stain might still be a different colour to the rest of the fabric so this is only really useful for stains in inconspicuous places.
  • Dried milk can be really smelly, so if you find that smells linger, clean with a bright and fresh scented detergent, leave to dry and then cover up any remaining smells with deodorizing room or fabric sprays.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Always do a patch test when using stain removal products just in case the products cause further staining or discolouration – test on somewhere that’s out of the way and that won’t be seen should the product cause staining.
  • Check manufacturer’s instructions before using any products and make sure to check fabric care labels for further washing instructions.
  • If you’re unsure of whether or not you can clean an item, seek professional advice.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Remove Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy drinks are one of the most commonly spilled objects but if you’re unlucky enough to spill a coloured drink, you’ll be left with a stain that’s tricky to remove. Learn how to get rid of fizzy drinks with these tips. Take a look at this link for cleaning tools.

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Removing Fizzy Drinks

  • As soon as you drop the fizzy drink – or as soon as you notice that it’s been spilled, mop up as much as you can with paper towels or a clean cloth.
  • Your first option when removing stains from fabric, furniture or carpets is to use a little bit of liquid detergent with some water. Rub it into the fabric and leave to sit for 10-15 minutes or so. Rinse with warm water until clean and blot dry with kitchen paper or a clean cloth.
  • For energy drinks and coloured drinks, you’ll probably have to use a dedicated stain removal product. The earlier you can treat the area, the better results you’ll have, so try to use the stain remover as quickly as you can. Use a dedicated stain remover for the area that you’re treating and leave it on for the time specified by the manufacturer. Test the stain remover on an inconspicuous area of fabric in case it causes further staining.
  • Some stained fabrics might respond well to natural stain removers, like vinegar and water or washing soda and water. If one stain remover doesn’t work, try another. Whenever you’re trying to remove a stain – especially a fizzy drink stain – be sure to really rub the stain remover deep into the fibres of the fabric. Fizzy drinks absorb really quickly, down through all of the layers of the fabric, so you need to really rub the stain remover in to ensure that it gets to work deep down.
  • Washing or shampooing the stain might also do the trick – use a pretreatment, leave it to soak for at least 10 minutes then wash or shampoo as needed.
  • Failing that, if you’re trying to remove the stain from white fabric, use a bleaching or lightening product to bleach the stain. Keep in mind that you still might see a difference in colour, so use these types of products sparingly.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Always do a patch test when using stain removal products just in case the products cause further staining or discolouration – test on somewhere that’s out of the way and that won’t be seen should the product cause staining.
  • Check manufacturer’s instructions before using any products and make sure to check fabric care labels for further washing instructions.
  • If you’re unsure of whether or not you can clean an item, seek professional advice.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Remove Chocolate

It’s delicious, but if you leave chocolate out of the fridge for too long, it’ll melt everywhere and cause troublesome stains. Learn how to remove chocolate with these tips and take a look at this link for cleaning tools.

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Removing Chocolate From Fabric

It’s almost impossible to remove chocolate that is still tacky to the touch. Wait for it to dry completely, or, use the ice trick. Run an ice cube over the chocolate until it hardens and then chip as much of it off as you can with a flat object like a palette knife. This should remove the bulk of the chocolate, but it’ll probably still leave a chocolatey stain behind. Get rid of this stain by soaking the fabric in a solution of washing soda and water for at least 15 minutes. Once soaked, wash the fabric at the highest temperature that the fabric can handle with some biological detergent. The stain should have lifted, but if not, use a dedicated stain removal product and wash the fabric again.

Removing Chocolate From Carpet

If you have children, chances are, you’ve had to try to get chocolate out of carpet at some point. It’s easier than you’d think, too! Firstly, chill the chocolate with an ice cube and chip as much of it off as you can using a palette knife. If some chocolate still remains, keep chilling it and chipping at it until you remove as much of it as possible. If there’s still chocolate left, use a carpet shampoo. Leave to sit for at least 10-15 minutes, then dry or vacuum according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Removing Chocolate From Furniture and Upholstery

Again, chill the chocolate using an ice cube so that it’s easier to remove. Chip it off as much as you can, being careful not to damage the fabric. Once you’ve removed as much chocolate as you can, soak the stain using a specialist stain removal product designed for use on upholstery. Leave the stain remover to soak for the time specified by the manufacturer and either dab dry or rinse with water as needed. Pat dry with paper towels or a clean cloth.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Always do a patch test when using stain removal products just in case the products cause further staining or discolouration – test on somewhere that’s out of the way and that won’t be seen should the product cause staining.
  • Check manufacturer’s instructions before using any products and make sure to check fabric care labels for further washing instructions.
  • If you’re unsure of whether or not you can clean an item, seek professional advice.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Remove Curry

Curry night on a Friday is standard fare for many people – but drop curry onto your clothes, or worse, onto the carpet or onto furniture, and you’ve got a really troublesome stain to remove. Look at the tips below for advice and take a look at this link for cleaning tools.

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Removing Curry From Carpets

Curry is one of the trickiest stains to remove and if you leave the stain to sink in, it’ll only get worse. If you drop curry onto a carpet, to begin with, sponge off as much of the curry as you can. Use a stain removal treatment suitable for use on carpets as quickly as possible, then leave it to soak in according to manufacturer’s instructions. Vacuum or rinse as directed. The stain should hopefully have lightened by this time. Next, use a carpet shampoo, rub it into the carpet fibres and then leave to soak in according to manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse or vacuum as directed. The stain should be lifted by now, but if not, repeat by using the stain removal treatment and the carpet shampoo.

Removing Curry From Fabric

If you get a little over-excited while eating your curry and drop it down yourself, sponge off the excess curry and then apply a liquid detergent immediately. Leave to soak in for ten minutes or so and then wash the fabric on the highest heat possible with biological detergent. If the stain still persists, apply a little hydrogen peroxide to the area, but be sure to test the hydrogen peroxide on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first in case it bleaches or discolours the fabric. Can you still see a stain? Use pretreatment, wash the fabric again and try hydrogen peroxide again to lighten and brighten the stain. Think about using a brightening or bleaching pretreatment on the stain if you’re trying to lift it from a white fabric, too, as this might help.

Removing Curry From Furniture and Upholstery

It’s a good idea to seek professional help when trying to remove curry from furniture and upholstery as it is a tricky stain to remove. If you want to remove the stain yourself, try dabbing a little hydrogen peroxide onto the area to lift the stain. Before applying the mixture, dab a little bit of it onto an inconspicuous area of the fabric just in case of discolouration or bleaching. If you’re still waiting for a professional, hide the stain with a throw or cushion.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Always do a patch test when using stain removal products just in case the products cause further staining or discolouration – test on somewhere that’s out of the way and that won’t be seen should the product cause staining.
  • Check manufacturer’s instructions before using any products and make sure to check fabric care labels for further washing instructions.
  • If you’re unsure of whether or not you can clean an item, seek professional advice.

Source: 4Homes