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Stain-Fighting Secrets from the Pros

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Have you ever wondered how professional housekeepers are able to get better results than you do? One of the reasons is that they know lots of great housecleaning secrets. With this post, we’ll let you in on a few insider tricks, so your house will sparkle and shine. If you’ve got any stain-fighting secrets to share, please post them in the comment section of our House Cleaning Tips blog or on the My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency Facebook Fan Page, Pinterest or Twitter platforms.

Toilet Bowl Stains

The Huffington Post recently ran a story highlighting a little-known housekeeping hint from, which involves repurposing of an item you might already have in your home—a pumice stone. This trick is also useful for other porcelain fixtures around your house.

  1. Soak the pumice in warm water.
  2. Using rubber gloves, scrub the rust with the stone. (It’s very important make sure the surface and pumice remain wet so you won’t scratch the porcelain.
  3. Once the stain starts to lift, flush the toilet.

Grease Stains on Fabric

If you serve meatballs at a cocktail party or enjoy hot wings while watching the Super Bowl, you’ll probably encounter the dilemma of grease stains on the carpet, couch or fabric chair. Lubricating and cooking oils, butter, machine grease, and similar substances produce greasy stains which can usually be removed by hand or machine washing. But you can’t very well load your sofa into the washer. So what’s the key to eliminating grease?

  1. Before applying harsh chemicals, you might try a secret that flight attendants have been using for years. Just sprinkle a bit of club soda on the stain and wipe before fabric dries.
  2. If the stain remains, pre-treat by rubbing a little detergent directly into the spot. But make sure you test the fabric first using an area of fabric that doesn’t show.
  3. Another option is to apply dry-cleaning solvent directly to the stain. If you are treating an old stain or one that has been ironed, yellow residue may remain.
  4. Bleach can effectively eliminate residue. But color-test before applying to a visible area.

Organic Stains such as Berries or Blood

So we won’t ask why you have blood stains in your house. We’ll assume it has to do with an overzealous dog groomer who got carried away with your canine’s toenails or that it’s the result of skinned knees from your son’s soccer tournament. Whatever the cause, here are a few sure-fire cures for blood stains:

  • If the stain is fresh, sponge with cool salted water and rinse with clean, clear water.
  • If the stain remains, soak in a diaper pail containing baking soda and warm water.
  • An equally successful method is 1 part hydrogen peroxide mixed with 9 parts warm water. Rinse well.
  • If the stubborn stain persists, sponge with a mixture of 1 tsp diluted ammonia with 1 quart of water.
  • For thick or un-washable articles such as mattresses, carpets or couches, sprinkle with pepsin powder (which is available at your local pharmacy.)
  • Finally, if nothing else works, cover the stain with a thick paste made from starch and water. Leave to dry. Brush off. Repeat if necessary.

Inorganic Stains such as Crayons, Ball Point Pens or Candle Wax

Inorganic matter is created by man. This type of stain includes substances such as candle wax and chewing gum, which can be removed by placing the object that has been stained into a freezer until the staining agent is quite hard and brittle. Once this has been achieved and the material could literally shatter into pieces, the stain should easily be scraped or lifted off.

  • To treat remaining residue, place the stain between two clean, white cloths and press with a warm iron. Change the blotters if they become soiled. Sponge with dry cleaning fluid or a laundry pre-soaker.
  • In the case of colored wax, a color stain could remain. Dab with a mixture of ½ cup of wood alcohol and ½ cup of water.

If you could use some help removing stains in and around your home, give My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency a call. We would love to help get realize your housecleaning-related resolutions. The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices.

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