Professional Tips: How To Remove The Most Common Household Stains

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So you've just spend a huge amount of money renovating your new home and then you go and spill coffee all over your expensive bedspread, or your maybe your child has drawn all over your new Farrow & Ball walls. Worse still, the puppy you’re house training has left a little present on your new hallway carpet. Here are our easy DIY tips to getting rid of some of the most annoying and common household stains you might have to deal with at some point!

Some Key Rules

  • Never use bleaching agents (this includes lemon juice) on dark coloured fabrics.

  • Bulk buy bicarbonate of soda as it can be used on almost everything!

  • Grease needs to be absorbed and natural colouring needs to be diluted.

  • Never rub, blot (unless explicitly told so!)

  • If in doubt, buy a replacement or move house!

Scuff Marks

  1. Lightly rub toothpaste (yes, you heard right) on the affected wall area.

  2. Leave for a few minutes.

  3. Use a damp cloth to wipe it off.


  1. Flush the area with cold water (never use hot water as it will clot and harden the stain)

  2. Use 1 tablespoon liquid dish-washing detergent and 2 cups of cold water

  3. Soak the affected area and leave for 30 mins.

  4. Place diluted ammonia (yep, urine to you and I) onto the area with an eyedropper to treat the area.


  1. Apply an oil solvent and let it dry.

  2. Remove as much of the remaining lipstick as possible.

  3. Treat with a liquid detergent and a small amount of water.

  4. Rub to form a lather and then rinse.

  5. Use an eyedropper and diluted vinegar to remove any remaining color.

  6. Rinse with cold water.

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Red Wine

  1. Blot the area to remove as much excess wine as possible

  2. Apply white wine to the stain (mixing wine is good for you!)

  3. Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda and leave for 20 mins

Pet Stains

  1. Wipe and soak up with kitchen towel.

  2. Use professional pet odour remover otherwise use bicarbonate of soda as this will remove the odour.

  3. Avoid vinegar based cleaner (this will make the smell stronger and encourage the pet to do it again!)

Grass Stains

  1. Soak the stain for 15 minutes with a solution of 2 parts water to 1 part white vinegar.

  2. Use a white cloth to gently dab the stain.

  3. Wash item with an enzyme-based laundry detergent if possible (enzymes lift the protein off the fabric).


  1. Apply a solution of 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup water.

  2. Blot with a damp cloth.

  3. Apply diluted ammonia to the area.

  4. Blot with clean damp cloth again.


  1. Tackle this stain quickly as the tannins will permanently stain any fabric.

  2. Scrape excess off with spoon.

  3. Rinse with cold water from the back of the fabric to force the ketchup away from the material.

  4. Use hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar applied with a sponge or use lemon juice on white fabrics.

  5. Wash with enzyme-based laundry detergent if possible.

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Permanent Pen Marker

  1. Create a dam using vaseline to stop the stain spreading if necessary

  2. Soak a clean cloth in isopropyl alcohol.

  3. Blot but do not rub or scrub the affected area with cloth, use a toothbrush if necessary.

  4. Reapply and repeat if necessary.


  1. Apply a liberal amount of talcum powder to the affected area

  2. Leave for at least 20 mins.

  3. Vacuum up the remaining powder

  4. Apply liquid dish-washing detergent to the area if necessary

Water Stains on Wood

Try any of the following:

  1. White vinegar and water solution.

  2. Bicarbonate of soda left for 24 hours.

  3. Non-gel toothpaste.

  4. Vaseline.


  1. If on a cushion, throw or fabric cover put the item in your freezer.

  2. If on a carpet put several ice cubes on the affected area.

  3. Leave until the gum has hardened.

  4. Pick and chip off the gum.


  1. Rub mayonnaise on the crayon mark on the wall.

  2. Wait for 10 minutes.

  3. Wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.

Hope these tips help save the day!

Love Omar x

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