Pro Cleaning Tips For Around the House
We asked our clients for feedback on some of their biggest cleaning challenges. The outpouring of responses was overwhelming! Thank you! From gum to crayon to bloodstains, you threw it all at us. Check out our pro cleaning tips for some of the most common issues you face around the house. You may be surprised by what we recommend you use to eradicate those stains. But trust us, not only does it work, the items are non-toxic and safe to use around pets and children!
NOTE: We always recommend testing these products in a small inconspicuous area. These are general cleaning tips, and some surfaces may react differently.
Wall erasers work like a charm on crayon marks. But they can be expensive and sometimes may not even complete the job. Here are a few items you can try that you probably already have around the house.
- Use plain white toothpaste (NOT gel) and lightly rub the marks.
- Try erasing marks with an art gum or a pencil eraser using a light circular motion.
- Swipe away at crayon marks using baby wipes.
- Sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and gently scrub marks.
This one can be super tricky, but before you get out the touch-up paint, try these few things, first. Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and attempt to dab the stain. Or, spray the marker with hairspray and wipe away immediately while still wet, do not let the spray dry.
General Carpet or Upholstery Stains
Shaving cream works wonders at cleaning away general stains. Apply the cream directly to the stain, lightly rub, and let sit for 30 minutes. Then, gently blot and rub away. Lastly, finish by spraying the area with a mix of one part vinegar and one part water and wipe away the solution with a soft cloth.
Whether it is stuck on the carpet, the couch, the linoleum or in a head of hair, the best thing to get it out is no further than the freezer: Ice. Freeze the gum with the ice. Once it is solid, use a spoon to scrape the glob. You may need to use your scissors and cut a bit of carpet fiber, or a slight bit of hair. But, be super conservative. It helps to loosen the gum as you scrape along.
Believe it or not, there is no need to use caustic chemicals to cut through grease stains. The best product is everyday grease-cutting dishwashing soap. Start by mixing a drop or two in a cup of water. You can either dab and rub the solution or put it in a spray bottle and spray on the stain. Be patient. It may take a few applications. This works great on everything from laundry to upholstery.
Dried Candle Wax
If wax dripped on your carpet or a tablecloth, etc., don’t despair! Try heating it to remove it. Place a white cleaning cloth (to avoid color transfer) over the wax, then iron over the spot. The scrape away the bulk of the wax with a butter or putty knife. Then, use a paper towel over the surface. The wax will bind to the paper. Use caution though and only quick passes with your iron to not burn the surface.
The best product to remove blood stains is not bleach, but hydrogen peroxide. First, use an old toothbrush dipped in a mild detergent solution and remove as much blood as possible from the fibers. Then, apply the peroxide directly to the stain. Don’t be alarmed if it bubbles and foams. Then lightly dab the peroxide (do not rub vigorously).
If at all possible, address urine stains as soon as it occurs. If allowed to dry, the odor sets in the fibers and remains detectable to your pet’s sensitive nose. First, use a towel and sop up as much of the stain as you can. Then mix a solution of 2 cups white vinegar, 2 cups warm water, and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Put in a spray bottle and spritz the soiled area. For heavier stains, sprinkle baking soda directly on the spot and soak with a 50/50 mix of vinegar/water solution. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes, then blot up with a clean, dry cloth.
Maid Healthy offers a variety of residential maid services to make your house a healthy home. Hopefully, these pro cleaning tips for around the house will help you tackle even the toughest stains. Our team strives to use environmentally friendly cleaners that do not leave harsh smells around your home. Call for a free home evaluation and cleaning estimate. Hiring a maid service makes you happier!