- If the stain is recent, sponge with white vinegar then spray with Windex.
- Keep blotting with a clean cloth so the stain will not spread.
A few drops of Nilodor will help with any smell.
- Remove as much of the solid as possible.
- Wipe with a cloth and cold water. Mix a tablespoon of Borax to 600mls of warm water.
- Don't allow to get too wet, and follow up with a sponging of eucalyptus to remove any odour.
If a stain is not noticed until it is dry;
- Rub glycerine into the stain and leave it to absorb overnight.
- Next day sponge over lightly with a mixture made from one tablespoon of Borax to a half litre of warm water.
- Keep mopping up so as not to get the area to wet
- Blot up as quickly as possible. Soda water applied at once can be most effective.
If left too long, use Borax.
- Dampen the stain slightly and apply powdered borax over the stained area.
- The Borax will absorb both the stain and the moisture.
- Leave until dry, then vacuum off. Eucalyptus will often remove the stale smell from the rug
Alternatively, make a paste of borax and water and let it fry on the pile. Vacuum to remove the dried powder
- Blot with tissues.
- Sponge with salted water (1 teaspoon to 1 cup cold water) and sponge and blot until the mark fades.
- Sponge with a clean damp cloth to remove traces of salt.
|Butter or Margarine
- Remove as much as possible with a spatula.
- Sponge lightly with a dry cleaning fluid, blotting with tissues as the grease dissolves.
- Finally, sprinkle dry carpet cleaning powder over the stain, leave it on for several hours, then vacuum.
Eucalyptus is also good with gum
- Place some ice blocks in a plastic bag and hold this over the gum for a few minutes.
- The gum should become brittle and will be easy to lift off.
- Remove any traces of the gum with dry cleaning fluid applied directly to the pile.
- Lift off as much as possible.
- Cover remaining wax with half dozen tissues and press with a cool iron.
- Change the tissues and repeat until no more wax is absorbed
|Cola or Soft Drink
- Blot the area until no more can be absorbed.
- Sponge deeply into the pile with laundry detergent powder, using a toothbrush or nailbrush if necessary.
- Avoid excess wetting and blot with tissues or clean cloths as you work.
- Sponge out the suds with a series of clean damp cloths and when the area is dry, vacuum thoroughly
|Fruit Juice or Cordial
- Blot up immediately and then sponge with soda water, blotting frequently.
- If a stain remains, sponge with 1 teaspoon powder detergent dissolved in 1 cup of water, applied with a toothbrush or nail brush dipped in the solution.
- Avoid excess wetting and blot frequently. Sponge with clean damp cloths.
- If not removed these stains will become brown with age.
- For old stains, rub in a little glycerine and leave for half an hour, then sponge with the detergent solution as above.
- A paste made of borax and warm water will often remove final traces of the spillage.