After what has seemed like an eternity for many, most children are going back to school this August in Scotland, and September in England and Wales. It’s now time to think about stain removal to bring your home back to life!

This lengthy period of time has seen children stomping in and out of the home throughout the past couple of months, which has meant many carpets and soft furnishings have seen better days.

Don’t fear! Below are a few stains and removal tips in case you need them.

Muddy mishaps

Cuts and grazes can leave marks on your floors and upholstery, so use a small amount of biological washing powder mixed with warm water to remove any muddy marks or blood stains. Again, dab at the stain rather than rub and be sure to rinse the soapy solution properly as this could attract dirt if not cleaned away thoroughly

Sticky situation

It may still be a bit chilly, but it’s never too cold for ice cream and ice lollies!  Sticky stains can be a nightmare to remove from carpets and upholstery, so try to clean any spillages quickly before they get chance to go sticky. Blot the mark with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid and to stop the stain from spreading. Never rub as this will make it worse and could cause a mark to stain.

Chill out

If chewing gum gets stuck somewhere that it shouldn’t, freeze in a plastic bag if possible and use a blunt knife to gently remove the gum once frozen.

Fruity spills

Rinse fruit juice spillages with cold water. Mix a small amount of washing powder with warm water and dab the mark with a towel. Rinse again with cold water to prevent further staining.

Greasy fingers

Greasy marks can be a nightmare for sofas and chairs. Cover any marks with talcum powder or corn flour as quickly as possible to absorb the oil. Allow it to set for a few minutes, then remove it gently with a brush or a dry sponge.

Stubborn stains

It’s best to keep a stubborn stain damp (but not wet) for several hours with a damp towel. If necessary, use a heavy book wrapped in cling film to apply pressure to the stain.

Turn to drink

If all else fails, try using alcohol to remove the stain. Both vodka and gin work well, especially when removing felt tip pen marks and glue stains. Dab or blot the stain with a paper towel soaked in alcohol until it has reduced or been removed.

Acting quickly will minimise a mark, but professional help may still be needed to remove a stubborn stain. We use products specifically designed to remove a stain gently whilst protecting the stained material, something that you can’t do with a single product. Not only that, but we have the training and expertise to do this correctly and more importantly, we are insured to carry out the work.

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