Jun 27, 2018
With the hot Grand Rapids summer here and all the activity it brings, the kids are out and about, getting messy! It’s unfortunately time to prepare for those untimely spills and accidents that seem to follow children around. Whether it is drinks spilled on the floor, or greasy fingers getting cleaned on the sofa, here are some tips to stay on top of the accidents.
Ice Cream Stains:
- Ice cream is gret on a hot day, but it melts quickly , and can cause a sticky mess, that can be a nightmare to remove from carpets and upholstery. Try to remove spillages quickly before they turn sticky. Blot a 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.
Fruit Juice Spills:
- Rinse fruit juice spillages with cold water. Mix a small amount of detergent with warm water and dab the mark with a towel. Rinse again with cold water to prevent further staining.
- 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.
- 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.
- Cuts and scrapes come with summer activity, and can leave marks on your floors and upholstery. Use a small amount of laundry detergent, mixed with warm water to remove any 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.
- 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 Alcohol:
- 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.