How to remove stains from rugs

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With Christmas coming up, you’ll undoubtedly be a little apprehensive about all of the family traipsing their way through your house. It’s unfortunately inevitable that there’ll be the odd food or drink spillage as we get a little merry with the festivities. In between cooking the Christmas dinner and making sure the kids aren’t scoffing all the the chocolates, a red wine spill can feel catastrophic. But don’t panic, there are a few simple steps you can take to make sure that the ‘cream carpet meets red wine stain’ nightmare doesn’t come true. The team at Rug Mountain has put together a list of crucial don’ts when it comes to spills on your rugs.

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Don’t wait

It’s imperative that you act as soon as a spill happens. This reduces the time that the spill has to soak into the deeper fibres of the rug. If you have a carpet or hardwood floor underneath your rug, always make sure to check that the stain hasn’t seeped through to cause permanent staining on other surfaces.

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Don’t scrub

It’s hard to resist the temptation to grab the nearest cloth or sponge and start scrubbing away. This actually causes more damage as all you’re doing is pushing the stain further into the fabric. Instead, make sure you blot the stain to absorb the majority of the liquid. This will then leave you with the residue that won’t be deep set into the fibres.

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Don’t use hot water

When normally cleaning, hot or warm water is your go-to. When it comes to pigmented spills on rugs however, always use cold or room temperature water. Heat will only intensify the colour and cause further staining. Colder water will instead lift the spill ready for cleaning with stronger chemicals. Once the area has dried, you can then apply heat to remove any residue or cleaning solutions you may have used.

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Don’t use products without testing

We’ve just mentioned using chemical cleaning products, but always make sure you’ve tested these before you use them. The worst thing you could do is to apply a cleaning product straight to your rug without testing, only to find it bleaches or damages the texture of the rug. Try instead, testing a product on a hidden patch of the rug or on the underside. The reaction of the rug to the product on your test patch will give you an indication as to whether it’s safe to use on the affected area. Never use bleach. This causes long-term damage that’s irreversible.

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Other things to avoid

As said previously, never use bleach. As well as this, avoid laundry or dishwasher detergent. While this might seem like common sense, in the panic of lifting a mulled wine stain, for example, we’ll desperately opt for anything to see if it will work. These products only cause damage to the rug and are notoriously good at attracting dirt and dust. The powdery formula deep sets itself into the fibres giving you a build up of muck, which of course you really don’t want.

And there you have it, the top ‘don’ts’ when it comes to spills on your rug this festive period. It’s important to always check the manufacturer’s guide for your rug to ensure you’re best caring for it. Most rugs will have a label telling you the basic of cleaning, if it’s machine or hand-wash, for example. It will also tell you things to avoid, such as bleach. Other than that, try not to let a little wine spill get the better of you this Christmas!

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Etsy List: Organise your home

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In 10 days time, it’s Organise your Home Day; probably because it’s a time when many of us start to think about doing a spot of spring cleaning. Here in the Calderdale, many of us have been doing nothing but since Boxing Day.

Along with many other Northern areas, we were badly affected by flooding. This lovely valley and the string of settlements that we call home – Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, and Sowerby Bridge were all hit.

There’s currently an appeal online which Central Government has agreed to match pound for pound. Please donate if you can, whatever you can!

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House maintenance – 10 ways to maintain your biggest investment

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Your home is probably one of the most expensive things you’ve ever bought, so it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape. A little revamp here and there will ensure your property stays in great condition for a long time, so here are 10 useful maintenance tips:

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  1. Paint your garage doors

A fresh lick of paint is a well-known way of giving rooms a quick and relatively easy makeover. But don’t neglect the outside of your property. The look of your house contributes to what is called ‘curb appeal’ – how attractive it appears, which is particularly important when it comes to getting a valuation. Painting garage doors can instantly transform the appearance of a house. Just ensure you use a specialist paint supplier, like Rawlins.

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  1. Have the carpets deep cleaned

Your carpets might not look particularly dirty, but you’ll be amazed how much dirt and grime has been ground into the material over time. One of the best ways to remove all this is to have your carpets professionally cleaned – you’ll be surprised at the results.

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  1. Wash the windows

On the next warm, dry day, head outside with a bucket of bubbly water and clean the windows using a squeegee. Don’t want to do this yourself? Then there’s sure to be a local window cleaner who’ll do the job for you.

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  1. Get caulking

As a home-owner, it’s essential to check the caulking around showers and bathtubs and repair as needed to prevent leaks.

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  1. Clean sediment from shower heads

Shower heads can become blocked with all kinds of gunk, so if you’re in the mood for some maintenance, pull on your rubber gloves and clean out the sediment. One of the easiest ways to do this is to submerge the shower head in a bag of vinegar for a few hours.

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  1. Give your furniture a polish

There comes a time when furniture can start to look a bit dull and worn, but you can bring it back to life with a good polish. And you don’t even need to buy expensive products as olive oil is a great cleaning agent and ideal for polishing wood.

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  1. Tighten loose screws

Once in a while, go through the house with a screwdriver and tighten any screws that are a bit loose on cupboards, draws and such like.

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  1. Check all locks and deadbolts

The security of your home is of paramount importance, so check all locks and deadbolts. If something doesn’t work properly, replace it.

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  1. Clear out your guttering

Don’t forget to spruce up your outside space too by getting rid of all the leaves, mud and whatever else might have found its way into your guttering.

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  1. Give your patio a deep clean

There are many ways to improve your outside space, but cleaning your patio is definitely one of them. Use a pressure cleaner and you should find it makes a big difference without taking too much time.

So there you have it – ten simple, yet effective ways to maintain your home.

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Etsy List: Spring Clean

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It’s the official Organise Your Home Day in a couple of days – and at H is for Home it’s well overdue!

It’s been full-on round these parts for the past couple of months; what with Christmas then straight into preparing & filing our tax returns. We’re sorry to say that housework has been severely neglected for far too long. With what feels like non-stop rain since November, walking boots and paws have been traipsing mud through the house many times per day.

A thorough spring clean is the only thing for it!

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Wednesday Wish: Mrs White’s New Home Hamper

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Summer is the time when people start perusing RightMove and thinking about putting their house on the market. If you know anyone that’s moving home Mrs White’s New Home Hamper would make a great house-warming present. According to the blurb, the cleaning products are “all completely natural and look back to a time which pre-dates the mass commercial use of harsh, largely unnecessary, chemicals in everyday items”.

The hamper is from Roullier White and contains:

It makes me almost want to go through the stress & upset associated with moving… almost! 🙂

Wednesday Wish: Cyber Clean

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Our poor MacBook gets an absolute hammering. We’re blogging, emailing, listing, uploading, social media-ing sometimes up to 15 hours per day… every day. With all that finger tapping (and the occasional canine pawing!) the keyboard gets filthy.

We could do with getting ourselves a cup of this Cyber Clean Home and Office. The contents look like a cross between silly putty and slime (showing my age here!). Apparently, all you do is squelch the contents into your keyboard and it extracts all the crumbs, dust, dirt and other various detritus that find their way beneath the keys. It’s reusable, it cleans, disinfects and a few people in their reviews commented on the nice fresh smell it leaves behind. It’s also good for your mobile and land-line phones, remote controls, speakers, games consoles & controllers and anywhere with little nooks & crannies.