Stains happen – and not just to your clothing. If you have kids or pets (or heck, even if you don’t), you know the frustration of finding an unsightly spot on your newly upholstered sofa or your beautiful cream colored carpet. It’s not like you can just drop it in the washing machine, so how do you clean up those household stains that are taunting you?
Moxie Girl Household Assistants are pros in getting all sorts of soil spots out. Here are their tips for some of the most common – and most challenging – disgraces to your space.
Good old fashioned dirt on carpet and upholstery:
- Mix on teaspoon of a mild detergent (meaning one containing no alkalies or bleaches) with one cup of warm water and blot the stain.
- Follow with a mixture of ½ cup of water and one teaspoon of ammonia and blot again.
- Repeat step one with detergent and water then sponge with just clean water and blot.
The infamous toilet bowl ring:
- First rule of cleaning the commode – if you must use bleach, DO NOT mix it with vinegar, commercial bowl cleaner or any product containing ammonia; the byproduct is a toxic gas which can be extremely hazardous!
- To tackle “the ring,” mix Borax with lemon juice to create a paste, flush to wet the bowl and rub the paste on. Let sit for about two hours then scrub thoroughly.
- If the stain is particularly stubborn, a pumice stone will remove it, but use with caution as it’s abrasive and could leave scratches
- For everyday cleaning and deodorizing, sprinkle baking soda into the bowl and then drizzle a little white vinegar on top.
Don’t cry over spilled coffee (unless it’s just over the loss of the precious perky beverage!):
- Coffee stains can be removed from cups or countertops with a simple baking soda and water paste.
- Stubborn stains can be lifted with a small drop of bleach. Rub gently until the sport disappears and immediately wash with hot, soapy water and rinse well.
That darn cat (or dog)!
- Pet accidents can be cleaned from carpets by first dabbing the area with a towel
- Follow with sudsy water (dish detergent works well).
- Rinse with ½ cup of white vinegar diluted in about a quart of warm water.
- Absorb excess moisture with towels and let stand for a few hours then brush up the nap of the carpet.
Oh no, upchuck!
- First pick up as much as you can while avoiding smushing it into the carpet more.
- Immediately pour cold water or club soda onto the stains and let stand for 30 seconds to a minute.
- Blot with a clean, dry cloths until you’ve absorbed as much as possible.
- Treat a carpet stain remover containing enzymes – most products made for pet stains will work well.