How to Remove Gravy from Carpet

Plate-Of-Gravy

Serena said, “What’s the best thing for removing gravy from carpet..???” If you like to have a lot of gravy with your dinner, chances are that some of it could migrate off the plate by accident. Regardless of whether your gravy is smooth or lumpy, the mess can be removed. Follow the steps below to clean up the spill. Removing the Gravy Stain You Will Need: Spatula or dull knife Cornstarch, baking soda, or salt A vacuum Dish liquid Water A cloth White vinegar Ammonia Hydrogen peroxide Lemon juice Steps to Remove the Stain: Scrape off as much gravy as…

How to Clean Mud from Carpet

Footprint-In-Mud

Kay-Z said, “I don’t even know what to do about all the mud on my carpet.” Shoes walk through mud and shoes walk on carpet, so unfortunately the two paths meet more often than carpet owners would like. It’s best to know how to deal with this situation before it happens, as pushing the mud farther into the carpet fibers while trying to remove it is an easy mistake to make. Even if you did unwittingly spread the mud though, there’s hope; just use the information in the steps below. Removing the Mud Stain You Will Need: A spatula Baking…

How to Remove Dye Stains from Upholstery

Jeans-On-A-Couch

Tanya said, “Does anyone have a suggestion for removing dye that has transferred from clothing to my cloth upholstery? My daughter got a new pair of pants for Valentine’s Day, and the color transferred from the pants to my very nice cloth ottoman.“ The term “stone-washed jeans” didn’t become well-known for nothing; jeans are notorious for losing their dye. Most jeans usually only shed their dye in the wash, but some have been known to transfer the dye onto nearly anything they touch from purses to cloth ottomans. Follow the steps below to clean the dye from your upholstery. Always…

How to Use A Laundromat

Laundromat

Wanda said, “Loved your tips, but any tips for when you HAVE to use laundromats?” Although laundromats seem fairly self-explainatory, it’s not as simple as just gathering your quarters and clothes. There are many useful tips for optimizing your laundromat experience that even a regular laundromat user might not think about. Follow the steps below to make the most of your coin laundry visit. Using the Laundromat You Will Need: Coins Laundry supplies Travel containers A plastic bag Disinfectant wipes Steps to Use the Laundromat: Shop around. Find the location of several laundromats in a close vicinity and visit each…

How to Remove Dye Stains from Tile

Blue-Tiles

Debbie said, “I have had porcelain tiles laid in my en-suite. Within a day they were showing smeary marks where they had gotten wet from the shower. I was devastated until my tiler husband told me that there is a wax coating on them and that he hadn’t cleaned it off yet! I got some wax remover from the tile shop and it took me a couple of hours (and two goes at it) to remove the wax and then I sealed them. They’ve looked great ever since. The only problem I’ve got is that I put a purple candle…

How to Remove Tape Residue from Tile

Packing-Tape

Ranjit asked, “How do I remove a Selotape mark from porcelain tile?” Whether you were purposely sticking tape on the floor while packing boxes or if the tape got transferred from the bottom of your shoe, tape adhesive can quickly create a sticky mess. Thankfully, tile is one of the easier surfaces to remove tape residue from. Use the steps below to remove the tape marks from your tile. Removing the Adhesive You Will Need: White vinegar A hair dryer A plastic scraper Rubbing alcohol Water Soap A cloth Baby oil Peanut butter Baking soda Acetone Steps to Remove the Adhesive:…

How to Clean Salt Stains from Leather Shoes

Leather Snow Boots

Lee asked, “Hi. My son has white salt stains on the outside of his black school shoes. How can I remove it and stop it from coming back?” With the winter snow often comes white salt stains on boots. For leather boots, it is especially important to clean the stains off quickly, as the salt can cause the leather to dry, crack or disintegrate over time. Use the steps below to remove the stains.¹ Removing the Stains You Will Need: Water A clean cloth White vinegar An onion WD-40 Steps to Remove the Stain: First, try wiping the stains away with…

How to Remove Perfume Stains

Perfumes

Dai Ni asked, “Does anybody know how to get a perfume stain out?” Perfumes often contain both alcohol and oils, as well as dyes, any of which can leave a stain. Use the methods below to remove the stain as soon as possible, as any stain is easier to remove when it is fresh.¹ Removing the Perfume Stain Always test a cleaning solution on a small, out-of-the-way area first to look for any adverse reaction. You Will Need: Soda water Cold water Dish liquid White vinegar Rubbing alcohol A cotton ball Hydrogen peroxide Steps to Remove the Stain: Hold the fabric…

How to Clean Baseboards

Baseboards

Amber asked, “I am a horrible housekeeper. How exactly does one clean walls/baseboards if there are no Magic Erasers in the house??? Walls are painted.” Baseboards often gather more dust, pet hair and scuff marks than the walls, and can make an otherwise clean home seem dirty. Thankfully, they often are coated with an oil-based paint that can tolerate even an aggressive cleaning method. Rooms that are used often should have the baseboards cleaned weekly, whereas ones in less-used rooms can be cleaned every few weeks or monthly.¹ Cleaning the Baseboards Always test a cleaning solution on a small, out-of-the-way…

How to Clean Tar from Carpet

Road Roller

Hilliards asked, “What to use to get road tar or oil out of carpet?” Road tar is purposely made to withstand water, be sticky and also to be durable. However,  it can be removed even from someplace as delicate as carpet. Select a method below and follow the steps to remove the tar. A fresh tar stain is easier to remove than an older one, so treat the stain as soon as possible.¹ The Glycerin Method You Will Need: Ice Plastic scraper or spatula Vegetable glycerin Shaving foam Water Towel Steps to Remove the Tar: For deposits of tar larger than a coin,…