You can organize a room perfectly and still not be happy if there’s a stain on the carpet or mildew on tile that you simply can’t get rid of. Marie Kondo talks about Organizing versus Cleaning – and both are necessary. These stain removing hacks may not help you find joy, but they will help you put the final touches on any space in your home.
Stain Removing Hacks for Carpet
Basic carpet cleaning – Use a cornmeal/baking soda mixture rather than dry carpet shampoo. Sprinkle over the carpet, allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes, then vacuum thoroughly. The cornmeal will remove help lift stains and grime, and the baking soda will lift out odor.
Wet Pet Stains – Soak up as much of the urine as possible right away. Once you have soaked up as much of the urine as possible, use a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water to finish cleaning the area. Soak the area liberally with the solution and work it deep into the carpet fibers with brush. The vinegar neutralizes the ammonia in the urine to prevent the odor that can cause your pet to use the spot again.
Dry Pet Stains – Add a small amount of dish detergent to your vinegar solution. Soak the entire stain thoroughly and gently scrub with a brush, then blot out as much of the moisture as possible. Sprinkle the entire area generously with baking soda. Then, mix a solution of a half cup 3% hydrogen peroxide and a teaspoon of hand dish detergent. Slowly pour this solution over the baking soda and work the dissolving baking soda down into the carpet fibers using a scrub brush. Blot dry. Extract the excess moisture with a wet/dry vac if possible. Vacuum thoroughly.
Red wine on carpet – Blot the excess liquid from the carpet, then pour club soda on the remaining stain. Let the soda sit for 15-25 minutes to allow the carbonation work on the stain. Blot the carpet again, getting as dry as possible. If that doesn’t work, you can try 3% hydrogen peroxide – but check it in an unobtrusive spot first, because it might pull the color from your carpet, too.
Other Tough Stains
Mildew on tile and porcelain – Use fresh lemon juice. Douse the area thoroughly. Scrub with a heavy bristle brush.
Coffee stains on clothing – Mix egg yolk with lukewarm water, let it sit for a few minutes then rinse.
Grease stains on clothing – Use baking soda and a small amount of water to form a paste. Pretreat the stain with the paste then sprinkle additional baking soda into the wash load.
Blood stains on fabric – Rinse in cold water, then coat the spot heavily with salt. Let sit, then rinse clean.
Rust stains – Commercial rust removers are dangerous and expensive. The phosphoric acid in the soda will do the trick. Use Coca-Cola on an abrasive sponge to safely scrub out rust stains.
Removing Water Rings
Nothing mars the surface of your beautiful wood tables more than water rings from beverages. But not to fear, it is possible to repair the damage without completely refinishing your furniture. Here are the top three tricks we found to repair the damage.
Hair dryer – Set a hair dryer on high and aim it at the ring. Leave it running for about 20 minutes. This is a heat-generating appliance so please don’t leave it unattended. After 20 minutes, moisturize the surface with a small dab of olive oil.
Mayo – Yes, really. And don’t use the low-fat type. Dry the area. Use a damp cloth to spread enough mayo to cover the area. Let it sit for several hours then wipe clean. The rings should be gone within a day.
Toothpaste/Baking Soda – Mix up equal parts white cream toothpaste and baking soda. Rub into the wood in a circular motion. It will take a fair amount of the mixture and will take time. Be patient. Wipe clean and finish with an oil based wood moisturizer.
Tackling Crayon on Walls and Tables
Sooner or later, almost every parent is introduced to their young child’s impressionist crayon mural. Don’t panic! Crayon can be difficult to remove but it’s certainly not impossible. These are a few of the most effective tips we’ve seen.
Hair dryer and dish soap – Use a hair dryer to heat up the crayon wax and gently wipe away as much as you can using a soft cloth. Scrub the remaining wax with a damp cloth and gentle dish soap. Older crayon art and more textured surfaces will require more work.
Toothpaste/Baking Soda – Mix up a paste of equal parts toothpaste and baking soda. Gently rub the mixture onto the crayon art and wipe away using a damp cloth.
WD-40 – Is there anything WD-40 can’t fix? Apply the lubricant and wipe away the crayon. You will need to wash away the oily residue that it leaves behind on your walls.
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