Wine stains after that party, grass spots on your jeans, ketchup on your carpet and grease spots on your sofa. We all come face to face with a whole host of stains but what is the best way to tackle them?
Here are a few do’s and don’ts when it comes to stain removal…
• You snooze you lose! You must treat a stain as soon as possible, the longer a stain gets to rest the more likely it is to stick around
• Identify what you have stained as different materials work better with different solutions, for example cotton is treated differently to silk
• Scrape off as much as you can and blot any excess liquid to remove as much as you can before applying any cleaning solution to it and remember to work from the centre out
• Rub gently, many people make the mistake of rubbing a stain vigorously thinking there’s a higher chance of removing it but this is wrong! This only deepens the stain
• Before you use any cleaning products read the information carefully and do a test patch under a chair or somewhere out of sight to avoid any further mistakes.
• Red wine – use white wine and rinse
• Mud – wait until dry and then brush away
• Nail varnish – apply a mild acetone or nail varnish remover and every day wash, i.e. laundry powder or washing up liquid
• Ink – Spray an alcohol based hairspray on the area being careful not to get any on the surrounding area. Blot until the stain is gone and wash as usual. Remember to do a test patch first as hairspray can damage some materials.
If in doubt, seek help from a carpet cleaning specialist.