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Top Tips for Quick Cleaning Solutions

Top Tips for Quick Cleaning Solutions

Quick Cleaning Solutions - Our Top Ten Tips.

At work or stuck at the office and you get a really annoying stain on your shirt, blouse or suit? What do you do? Well in most cases there are quick solutions:

REMOVING BIRO

From fabrics (except nylon or delicates): dab the ink stain with a hydrogen peroxide solution (one part 20-vol peroxide to six parts cold water), then machine wash if possible. Alternatively, try shaving foam (not gel) or hairspray. It's worth a try!

FELT TIP PEN

These days most are washable! But if not we suggest you blot up as much as you can with kitchen towel then wash as usual when you get home. Use a typical household stain remover on stubborn marks.

Always check manufacturer's instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.

GLOSS PAINT

Usually it’s a lost cause if you get this on an item of clothing. If you accidently touch the painted doorframe at the office we suggest you dab the mark before it dries with white spirit, then when you have removed as much as possible, wash with hot water and detergent. It's unlikely though that you will be able remove the mark completely.

Always check manufacturer's instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.

OIL AND FATS

It’s lunch time and the oily dressing in your sandwich has just gone all over the carpet and your sleeve. What do you do? Here are our tips:

From carpets: Place kitchen towel over the spill and apply a cool iron to the other side to draw the grease up into the paper. Shampoo the carpet.

From fabric: Use a pre-wash stain treatment or rub liquid laundry detergent into the fabric before washing in as hot a wash as the fabric can take. If the stain is persistent, repeat the process.

From upholstery: Cover the stain with talcum powder. Allow to dry then vacuum off. If the stain persists, try dabbing with methylated spirits (test on an inconspicuous area first) or a proprietary stain remover.

Always check manufacturer's instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.

TEA AND COFFEE

We have all done it at one time or another. Tea is the stain from hell. Try these to minimise damage. But remember these stains rarely come out completely. Dealing with the stain whilst still wet will help.

From carpets: Sponge with cold water, then clean with carpet shampoo.

From fabrics: Fresh stains can be rinsed in warm water then washed in a biological detergent. Dried marks would benefit from a pre-wash stain treatment.

From upholstery: Dab with cold water then try a solution of water and biological detergent. Rinse well and blot dry.

Always check manufacturer's instructions first. Always try a test patch first. If you are unsure as to whether the item you are cleaning is suitable for our instructions, take professional cleaning advice first.

Posted by Andy Issott