Stains are a part of life. Whether they’re from ink or your beloved pets, use our guide to learn how to combat these difficult stains for good.
Mud stains can make their way onto your rugs or carpet through heavy foot traffic, especially if your household comprises of children. To get rid of such stains, first let the mud dry up to prevent it from smudging elsewhere. Then try to vacuum up as much of the mud as possible. In a spray bottle mix one tablespoon of dish washing liquid with two cups of warm water and spray on the affected area. Allow it to sit for fifteen minutes, next use a clean dry cloth to dab the stain. Repeat the last two steps as necessary, once the stain is gone sponge water onto the area and blot dry with a paper towel.
Keeping pets can be a roller coaster of emotions; they may be adorable but they can also wreak havoc in your home. If your pet has an accident, use paper towels to soak most of it up. If possible rinse the area with cold water, if not dab the area with a wet cloth and then use paper towels to soak up its remnants. Repeat this step until the color and smell disappears. However if the smell persists you may have to purchase pet stain and odor remover. Avoid using a vinegar solution to remove the stain as it can make the smell stronger.
* Hunarshanas Top Tip: Do a patch test before using any stain removal technique.
Cooking Oil Stains
Oil stains from food can wind up on your sofas, chairs and even rugs. You can remove these pesky stains by simply using products you already have at home. Begin as you do with most stains, by blotting the affected area with paper towels to remove the excess oil. Next pour few drops of detergent liquid or dish washing liquid onto the stain and then scrub the area by using an old toothbrush. Dab the area with a wet cloth to wipe off the soap, repeat the process if the stain persists.
Ink stains may be stubborn but they’re not impossible to get rid of. To remove the stain, begin by drawing a circle around the ink blotch with petroleum jelly. This prevents the stain from spreading all over your sofa, carpet or even shirt while trying to remove it. Then dribble a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the affected area and use a dry cotton ball to absorb the ink. Repeat the process until the stain vanishes.
There are a couple of ways of removing coffee stains. You can either pour club soda over the stain and blot with a paper towel or soak a cloth in white vinegar and pat the stain. For deeper stains, make a solution of one part vinegar and two parts water and spray on the affected area. Let it sit for ten minutes before dabbing it with a dry cloth. Repeat the steps as necessary.
* Hunarshanas Top Tip: Deal with stains and spills as soon as they occur to minimize their effect.
Taps, sinks, faucets, shower heads and bathtubs all tend to rust and leave behind orange streaks on their surrounding areas. Probably the most well-known method to remove household rust is by rubbing vinegar on the affected area. You can also sprinkle salt on the rust and use a lemon or any citrus fruit to scrub it off. Or make a baking soda and water paste and scrub the rust off with an old toothbrush.