Guide To Common Household Stains [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are you tired of having to research which solution cleans away red wine? Or should you be using baking soda on mud prints or is it pet pee?

Well look no further because here at GK. Contracts we have pulled together a list of the most common household stains and worked with London home cleaning service, Housekeep to get some expert tips on how to clean them and put them in a handy infographic for you to use.

Pet Stains

Man’s best friend, but certainly not your carpets. Accidents will happen and when they do you gotta act fast.

For removing pet urine vinegar and baking soda work best. Pat dry with paper towels before mixing a solution of white vinegar and water, 1 part each. Pour the solution onto the stain and scrub. Sprinkle baking soda on the stain and pour more of the vinegar over. Watch it bubble and wipe the area clean

Red Wine Stains

Who doesn’t love sitting down to a glass of red and relaxing… ahh bliss. And then the worst happens…

For wet red wine stains you can apply some white wine (yes, white wine) to counter the stain. Allow to settle and blot dry. You can then clean the fabric as usual – a machine wash for clothes or a carpet shampoo for your floors – and the stain should vanish!

Baby Food Stains

Spaghetti all over the floor again? More juice spilled than drank? Feeding your baby can result in all sorts of stains and don’t we know it!

Stains from baby food are easily removable with a weak solution of dishwashing soap and water, applied with a cloth. Wetting the cloth in the solution, simply dab the affected area with the cloth until the stain is lifted.

Mud and Grass Stains

I think we can all agree that grass and mud should stay where it belongs – outside!

Mud needs to be dried before being cleaned. Once dry, brush as much of soil away as you can. Soak the mud in laundry detergent and rub with a cloth. Once the detergent is worked in, allow to settle for half an hour before laundering as usual to remove altogether.

Blood Stains

Not great for the squeamish, nor is it great to get blood anywhere where it can stain.
Hoping that the bleeder is in safe hands, we can get onto the cleaning.

For dried blood stains, first wet the affected area with cold water. Next, apply hydrogen peroxide to the stains using a cotton bud in circular motions. Allow to dry for a few minutes before running a hot iron over the stains. You can then launder as usual. Note: hydrogen peroxide works by bleaching so only use this technique on white sheets.

Scuff Marks

Scuffs can come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s from boots, bags or knocking furniture into walls, none of them are pretty.

There are lots of options for scuffed paintwork – try baking soda and water, dish detergent and water, or even toothpaste on a microfibre. Whichever you choose, apply on a cloth in small circular motions until the scuff lifts. Wipe off with a damp clean cloth and dry with a third cloth.

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