|17 April 2014|
Party Stains - How To Protect Your Home From Getting Worn Out By A Gathering
Parties are great, but the clean up can be a nightmare! If you are well prepared however, there is no reason for the stains and mess to get the better of you. You should find that removing stains is easy if you have the right tools and the right knowledge for the job. However, you will also need time on your side, as many of the following techniques for removing tough stains will only be applicable if the stain has been attacked early on, rather than the morning after. With that in mind, will you be in the right state to be dealing with the stains in your carpet the following morning? Perhaps it is best that you memorize these tips, so that you can get rid of stains as soon as they happen, without anyone even noticing that you have taken a moment out of the party to attend to your sofa covering or whatever has been stained! For a start, the most obvious stain from a party scenario is red wine. You will find that everyone has their own tipsy advice for you when red wine gets spilled, but the main thing to do is avoid it drying. Once the pigment in red wine has dried in to your carpet, upholstery or clothing, you will find it extremely hard to remove. However, there are things that you can do to ensure that it is kept soluble for a while, as you sort out how to get rid of the stain. Start by dabbing the stained area with a paper towel or a clean cloth, to soak out any excess moisture that may be contributing to the staining. This will mean that you have less offending pigment to deal with. Once this is done, apply salt to further draw out the moisture. Apply water to the stain, but be careful not to soak it into the rest of the carpet. There are many oxy cleaners out there that will lift the stain out, but you can use baking soda for a similar effect. If you are scrubbing the carpet, make sure that you avoid going at it too hard, as you may well rip the fibers! Whilst white wine is the most commonly suggested way to combat the red wine, you should know that it only really keeps the stain from setting, rather than actually getting rid of it properly.Food stains come in all different sorts, and depending on the consistency and the material that they are staining you will find that there are a variety of ways to get them out. The important thing is to keep them soluble however, as a dry stain will always be impossible to remove. If chewing gum gets trodden into a carpet or anywhere else, then you will likely be panicking a little. However, it can be removed with a couple of strange tricks. If clothing, place it in the freezer for an hour, if upholstery, then apply a bag full of ice for an hour. This should freeze the gum hard, and you can break most of it away from the item. If you have residue, then smear peanut butter over it. The oils in peanut butter do not stain, but the enzymes in peanuts will disintegrate the chewing gum residue, leaving you stain free and happy! This may seem like a strange way to get rid of something, so why not do a test on an unwanted piece of fabric?
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