Winter is coming and we tend to be more festive with each passing day. The holidays are usually the time that families come together for good celebration and whole meals that last for days. This evokes pictures of clean and fresh homes, welcoming the warm atmosphere of jolly people. And so it happens that a drink or food stains the upholstery and the housewife is about to have a heart attack.
That is why we have gathered a few of the most stubborn stains and way to get rid of them for good. You will need only some key ingredients such as water, detergent, salt and lots of patience.
- Chocolate – the majority of the chocolate desserts are advertised as crunchy and can automatically be translated into choko crumbs into the favourite chair or sofa. But when the damage is done, it is vital to remember – never rub! Start by using a blunt knife to scrape all possible chocolate leftover. Pour a few drops in a lukewarm water and dip a clean cloth in it. Then tap gently on the stain for a few minutes. The stain should be dissolved soon. To rinse all this up use another clean cloth and blot the excess as much as possible. Then leave to air dry and do not sit on the furniture to allow everything to work.
- Tomato – the most common ingredient in meals, this leaves a nasty stain, that is hard to fight. Nonetheless, there is a way to counteract – cold water and NO rubbing. A clean cloth should be dipped into cold water and some liquid detergent and gently blotted against the surface until the stains fully disappear. If the stain is still visible after it dries out, prepare a solution of ammonia and water.
- Coffee or tea – no morning can start without a good old cuppa or fresh coffee. But the stains that they leave are not so welcomed. Blotting the liquid as quickly as possible will prevent it from penetrating deep in the fabric. Should that occur, you need to pour some detergent directly on the spot and rub gently with a clean cloth. All you need to do afterward is rinse and air dry.
- Grease and oil – unlike any other stain these ones should be treated with a paper towel or tissue first. Thus you will get the oil absorbed into the paper, not the fabric. Then sprinkle cold water on top and spray generously salt. The damp salt will act as an absorbent and attract the oils particles and lock them in its molecule. All you have to do afterward is hoover the salt. Should the stain still be visible you can treat it additionally with spot treatment of any kind.
And when those tactics do not seem to work, it is time to call the professionals. All expert cleaning companies have developed and adopted the newest technologies. They are now regulated by law to use only eco-friendly detergents, which come as an advantage to all who have allergies, pets, and children.