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Finding stains when cleaning a home

Stains can be a complete nightmare when cleaning a home but as we all know, accidents will happen.  In these instances the faster you act the better chance you have of removing the offending stain.

Firstly, for any liquid stain on any surface, try to soak up as much of the liquid as possible working from the outside to the inside to stop the stain from spreading.  Once you have completed this step it may look as though the stain has already been removed but don’t be tempted to leave it at that.  If left untreated, most stains will reappear and become more difficult to remove.  Always treat any stain with a product designed for that surface.

Never scrub at a stain as this will work it deeper into the material and make cleaning a home much more difficult.

Spilling red wine on a carpet or sofa can seem disastrous but with the right know-how it doesn’t have to ruin the party. When the wine is spilt soak up what you can with a clean white cloth, then sprinkle salt over the area.  This will absorb the wine and stop it clinging to the fibres.  When the salt has done its job, vacuum it up and then dilute some biological detergent in warm water and sponge the stain.  Then sponge the stain with cold water until it disappears.  Afterwards, shampoo the carpet with a spot cleaner.

Ice cubes can be your saviour when you need to remove certain things from your furnishings.  Chewing gum and candle wax can be cooled with an ice cube and easily scraped away without a lot of hassle. This is also another good reason to refill the ice tray when you use the last cube!

When cleaning a home you may find a stain that you hadn’t noticed before. These should always be treated with more care as you will have to use stronger products to remove the stain.  It is always worthwhile checking with an expert what professional product they would recommend.

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Use vinegar for professional cleaning results

When you want to knuckle down to some professional cleaning, there is no better tool than a bottle of white distilled vinegar (not the stuff you put on your chips!). Because of the acidity, vinegar is a fantastic alternative to harsh chemicals and can be put to many uses.

Make your own all-purpose household cleaner by mixing one part vinegar to one part water and you will have a rival to your professional cleaning products.  You can even add a few drops of lemon essential oil to give your home that clean fresh smell.  Keep a bottle handy in the kitchen or bathroom and you can ditch the supermarket cleaning products for good.  This mixture can also be used as a room deodoriser and replace the synthetic chemical sprays that you normally use.

If you have a smoker in the household, or have had visitors who have smoked in the house, get rid of the odour quickly simply by placing an ashtray of neat vinegar in the room.  The vinegar will absorb all the bad smells and leave your home smelling fresh once again.

You can remove lime scale from all number of places in your home safely and easily by replacing your expensive lime scale remover with a cup of vinegar.  Boil a cup of vinegar in your kettle and leave it to soak overnight - you will be amazed by the results.  It can also be used to remove the lime scale from your bathroom taps, tiles and shower.

Try washing your windows with vinegar instead of using professional cleaning products.  Just use the all-purpose household cleaner that you made to spray the windows, then wipe off the product with some scrunched-up newspaper or cloth.  You will have a streak-free finish and a shine that your neighbours will be jealous of.

One point to remember though is to never use vinegar to clean marble surfaces like a worktop.  Marble is very porous and is damaged very easily by acidic products.

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