Cleaning Christmas Stains on Your Upholstery

Christmas tree sap

Dampen a clean microfibre  cloth with alcohol ( IPA spray )or goo-gone wipes or liquid

Blot the sap stain on the  carpet or furniture fabric with the cloth

When the sap has been removed wait until the area is dry and test that it has all gone—the area should not feel tacky.

Repeat if the dry stain feels tacky

Cosmetics (lipstick, mascara, etc.)

Pre-treat the stain with a microfibre cloth dampened with IPA or Iso Propyl Alcohol- You can buy this in a spray can from Maplins the computer store. It is used to clean parts of computers.

You can also use hair spray as an alternative to IPA – spray it on a cloth and then apply with a blotting action to the stain, the colour will lift off the carpet on to the cloth.

Shake the can and spray the stain from about 6 inches away. Start from the outer rim of the stain and work towards the centre. Use light bursts and dab and blot  with a clean white cloth.

Be careful not to allow stain to spread or to reapply to fabric

Repeat  until no more stain is removed

Change the area of cloth until all the colour has been removed

Prepare trigger spray  containing a capful of Bissell  to 500ml of tepid water. Use this to lightly spray the area where the stain was and blot with a clean microfibre cloth until clean.

Perfume

Spray a clean microfibre cloth with IPA ( alcohol ) or hairspray or dry cleaning fluid, apply to the stain.

Prepare a solution of Bissell ( half a cap of concentrate to 300ml of tepid water) in a spray bottle.

Spray the stain lightly and use a clean microfibre cloth to blot the area.

Repeat until the stain has been removed

Nail polish.

Don’t count on removing this stain, especially if it has set for a few days. Gently apply acetone to the reverse side of the stain, placing the garment face down on a paper towel

Gravy

Prepare a solution of Bissell ( half a cap of concentrate to 300ml of tepid water) in a spray bottle.

Spray the stain lightly and use a clean microfibre cloth to blot the area.

Repeat until the stain has been removed

Red Wine

Use “ Wine Away” a specialist wine stain remover

Spray the wine stain from about 3 inches from the stain. Leave for a few minutes until the stain has disappeared. Blot the area until dry. Repeat if the stain is still visible.

Wax (candles, crayons, etc.). Scrape off the any excess with a dull knife. Use paper towels and put several on top of the wax press with a warm iron, when the wax melts it will be absorbed by the paper. When the wax has all been removed treat the remaining spot with IPA ( alcohol spray) Spray a microfibre cloth and blot the area.

Then prepare  a solution of Bissell in tepid water and spray the stained area lightly  Blot with clean microfibre cloths  and repeat if the stain is still visible

Ginger Ale, Sprite, Sodas

Don’t ignore “invisible” stains such as ginger ale, fruit juice or drinks with sugar just because you have soaked them up and  they have disappeared into the fabric . Over time, they may  turn yellow and can attract dirt.

Fill a spray bottle with 300 ml  of tepid water.

Take several clean microfibre cloths and spray the stain and blot with the cloths until you are satisfied that the remaining stain has been removed. If  you see that the stain is attracting dirt use this method to remove the dirt and over time all of the stain will come out.

Ink.

Use IPA ( alcohol spray ), cleaning fluid, or hair spray to dampen a microfibre cloth.  Apply to the stain and press firmly, the colour will transfer off the carpet and on to the cloth. Change the area of cloth and repeat until all the ink is removed.

Prepare a spray bottle containing Bissell solution use half a capful of concentrate to 300 ml of tepid water. Hold the spray about 6 inches from where the stain was and spray lightly blot with a clean microfibre cloth and repeat until the area is completely clean