Best Ways to Get Stains Out in Your Chicago Home
Stains in your home are inevitable. Kids spill their food and drinks, your pets have accidents in the home, and even adults spill wine during a fun evening with friends. It’s all part of living and enjoying life in Chicago.
Whether stains end up on your favorite furniture, in the carpet, or somewhere else, there’s no need to let a few stains dampen your spirits. Our easy tips show you the best ways to get stains out of your home. Best of all, you probably already have what you need to clean those stubborn stains.
- Wine stains.
The first thing you want to remember about wine stains is to not rub it in. It could set the stain and make it nearly impossible to remove it. There’s more than one way to tackle wine stains.
The first is to try to lift and blot the stain. Use a little sparkling water directly on the stain and gently blot the area. If the stain persists, make a solution by mixing a tablespoon each of vinegar and liquid laundry detergent in four cups of water. Dab the stain with the solution using a clean soft towel. Then blot with a clean cloth dipped in clean water.
Another thing you can try is to spread salt over the stain, then pour club soda to cover it. Let it sit for a few hours or overnight. This will help the salt to soak up the stain. Then you can gently vacuum the salt up and dab with a clean wet cloth.
Finally, if all else fails, mix one part dishwashing liquid to three parts hydrogen peroxide. Pour a little over the stain and let it sit for a little while. Blot it with a clean dry towel. You can repeat this step if necessary.
- Common food stains.
Believe it or not, all most food stains need is good ole soap and water. Warm water is best unless it’s a dairy stain, in which case you’ll want to use cool water.
Be sure to use a clean cloth or sponge to attack the stain. If the stain is large, start on the outside of the stain and work your way towards the middle.
If that doesn’t work, use a liquid detergent and let it soak by gently rubbing it on the food stain, then letting it sit for a half hour. Then blot away with a wet sponge and wipe with a dry towel. Let it dry naturally the rest of the way.
- Animal/pet urine.
Pets are part of our family, but sometimes they leave a mess behind. A vinegar and water solution works best for pet urine.
Mix a solution of half vinegar/half water and pour it onto the stain. Then use a clean, dry towel to remove the stain. Soak up the clean towel with the solution and the stain until a lot of the moisture is gone.
Finish it off by sprinkling baking soda on top and letting it dry naturally to reduce the odor. Remember to keep pets away while it dries, then vacuum up the baking soda when the area is dried up.
- Grass stains.
You know how it goes. You’ve spent a day working outside and just come in the house to cool off or get a drink of water. But, you forget to take your shoes off and now there are grass stains in your carpet.
Or maybe you got them on your clothes and sat for just a moment on the sofa. Unfortunately, you transferred a stubborn grass stain onto your furniture. What can be done?
Not to fret. You can take a half a teaspoon of laundry detergent and mix it with two cups of cold water. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and blot the grass stain, working from the outside inward.
Repeat until the stain disappears. Then ‘rinse’ by using a clean sponge or cloth dipped in cold water. Blot it all dry with a clean dry cloth until the liquid has absorbed.
- Juice stains.
Adults tend to spill wine while kids tend to spill juice. It just happens. To get juice stains out, blot with a dry paper towel to absorb as much of the liquid that you can. Then spray with water as you continue blotting the stain.
If a stain remains, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing soap with two cups of warm water. Work the solution onto the stain with a sponge, then blot with a paper towel. Repeat as needed until the stain is gone, then rinse out the area by spraying with water again and blotting.
Hopefully, this guide will help you eradicate some of the more common stains that may appear in your Chicago home.
Warm, sunny days are ahead and the last thing you want to do is spend the summer constantly cleaning your home.