Stain tips for summer

With the summer finally here, sort of… it’s time to prepare for those inevitable spillages that seem to follow children around. We know that sticky fingers are frequently wiped on carpets or furniture and art masterpieces usually miss the canvas and hit the floor instead. With everyone having fun in the sun, it’s easy to have the odd accident, but acting fast can help to lessen the damage!

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. Never rub a mark as this will make it worse and could cause staining. Be sure to rinse the soapy solution properly as this could attract dirt if not cleaned away thoroughly.

Sticky situation

Ice cream and ice lollies are a summer favourite, but they can be a nightmare to remove from carpets and upholstery. Try to clean up any spills quickly before they turn sticky by blotting with a paper towel to absorb any excess liquid and to stop the stain from spreading.Again, be sure to dab at the stain rather than rub in order to reduce staining.

Greasy fingers

Sun cream and barbecue grease can be a nightmare for sofas and chairs, so 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 you still can’t remove the marks, call your local ServiceMaster Clean!

Chill out

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

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 staining, 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. If you need our help to remove staining, find your local office here.