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Tried And Tested – How To Clean The Most Common Household Stains

Whether you live alone, with friends or with a large family, household stains are part and parcel of everyday life. From those stubborn red wine stains to carpet stains where your pet had an accident, our homes are covered in small stains that build up and become increasingly obvious over time. In some kind of way, they might tell the story of our lives, but these stains are generally unsightly and something that most homeowners want to eliminate as soon as possible.

Knowing how to look after the most common household stains will help you to keep your home looking clean and tidy. No matter what spills, or scuffs you might encounter, as any experienced San Antonio housekeeper will tell you, being proactive is the best approach. Tackling stubborn stains immediately can deliver high chances that they’ll disappear for once and for all. With some clever tips from our local professional cleaners, you can ensure that your home always looks its best. No matter what might have been spilled, leaked, or splashed around in your home, you can experience peace of mind.

Chocolate Stains

Eating chocolate is all-consuming, and sometimes we get completely lost in the moment, enjoying every bite of that little piece of heaven. Sometimes you don’t even notice that a few crumbs have found their way onto your sofa and have melted causing a stain until it is too late.

Start by gently scraping or blotting away any excess chocolate from the stain. Next, you need to prepare a mix of biological detergent and cold water. Grab a clean sponge and blot the stain either with the solution you have prepared. It might take a little time and effort but keep blotting, and eventually, the stain should go. Be sure to have a few extra clean sponges at the ready, if the one you are using starts to absorb the chocolate you will need to replace it with a clean one.

Red Wine Spills

Is there anything more enjoyable than coming in after a long day at work and sitting down with a glass of your favorite red wine? As enjoyable as that moment can be, it can turn sour very quickly. As the glass tips over, and you watch the red wine splash onto the carpet, panic sets in swiftly. You start desperately looking for the number of a reliable San Antonio carpet cleaner.

The critical thing in this situation is to act fast. Grab some paper towels and dab the stain gently to absorb as much of the liquid as possible. Sprinkle some salt over the stain and then add club soda. For now, you can go back to enjoying what is left of your glass of wine, as you need to wait overnight until the salt magically soaks up the stain. The next morning, vacuum up the salt, and your stain should be gone for good.

Pet Stains

When your little puppy arrived, you probably promised yourself that they would be restricted to specific rooms of your home. However, those puppy eyes wore you down over time, and they have made their way into the carpeted rooms of your home. Alternatively, maybe, they’ve gone a step further and joined you on the sofa for your evening Netflix binge. Spending quality time with your pet is all well and good until they have an accident and leave a stain behind.

Our San Antonio maids advise you that the first thing you need to do is to grab some paper towels and soak up as much of the liquid as possible. Vinegar needs to be added to the stain along with a little baking soda. Let it sit for a few hours and then vacuum away the baking soda the next morning to finish removing the stain. If everything goes according to plan, you can avoid reaching out to house cleaning services to help you with this one.

Coffee Stains

That all-important morning cup of coffee is something that many of us simply cannot do without, and that includes our cleaners in San Antonio! Your morning caffeine hit is necessary to get you through the morning and to get your day off to a positive start. A coffee spill doesn’t need to ruin your day before it gets started as long as you know how to deal with it effectively.

Start by blotting up as much of the coffee spill as you can, using a paper towel. Take a glass of cold water and gently pour it over the stain and continue blotting the stain. Once you have removed as much of the liquid as possible, you need to mix up a solution of 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish soap. Use a towel to apply the solution gently and then blot again with a paper towel. Do this as many times as is necessary and then rinse the area with water before blotting once more with a paper towel to complete the stain removal process.

Scuff Marks

Professional cleaning services in San Antonio are all too familiar with scuffed baseboards, walls, and floors. Whether you have a young family running across your hardwood floors or you have scuffed your baseboards carrying the vacuum cleaner around the house, scuff marks can make a home look dirty and dated quickly. With the right technique, however, you can easily remove these stains and make your home look as good as new again and it’s much easier than you might think.

Instead of desperately searching for ‘cleaning services near me’ on Google or getting out the paint and repainting your baseboards or walls, just run to your local store and purchase a box of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Add a little water to the eraser and gently scrub the scuff mark until it disappears. No magic tricks, no magical solutions to be mixed, that’s it! Just be careful not to rub too hard on painted surfaces as you may damage the paintwork.

Grass Stains

Maybe you have been out mowing the lawn all morning and you have unknowingly dragged grass into your house or perhaps you’ve been out for a family picnic and brought some of the park back home without realizing. However, those grass stains arrived, with a simple solution, you can be rid of them very quickly.

Mix 4 cups of cold water with 1 teaspoon of laundry detergent and wet a cloth with the solution. Starting at the outside of the stain, begin blotting as you move towards the center of the stain. Continue doing this until the stain disappears, always moving from the outside in. Once the stain is gone, add cold water with a wet sponge and then blot dry with a clean cloth until all of the liquid has been soaked up.

Hire Professional Cleaning Services In San Antonio To Help With Stubborn Stains

Getting rid of the most stubborn stains can be stress free with some of these tips. We hope you’ve found value and consider Maids On A Mission for our detailed house cleaning services within the San Antonio area. If you have questions regarding our services, please get in touch with our team today at (210) 988-0288 or click here to request a quote. With our house cleaning services, you can continue to follow your dream while we clean.

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