Fall Cleaning!

Everyone always talks about spring cleaning but we would like to share our tips to keep your home clean and tidy this fall! No need to wait until spring to scrub your space! Here are some tips for solving common autumnal mishaps in your home! For every glass of red wine you pour, for every cozy rainy afternoon, for every candle you light…there is a wine stain, a muddy entryway and a messy wax spill!

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Red wine. As you as you can, dab at the stain with a clean cloth. Be sure to dab (not rub!) so that you can absorb some of the wine before the stain sets! Then, place the stained fabric over a large bowl, centering the stain over the center of the bowl. This works best with clothing or a tablecloth. This method will not work with upholstered furniture! Pour regular table salt over the stain and let that sit for up to 5 minutes. Then pour boiling water over the stain. Repeat, alternating with salt and boiling water until the stain is very faint! Then you just need to machine wash your fabric!

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Muddy Carpet. As much as you want to clean your carpet quickly, take a deep breath and let the mud dry before you start to attack it! Rubbing mud will only sink it further into your carpet making it more challenging to clean! Once the muddy spot is completely dry, you can vacuum over the mud much slower than you usually vacuum! The slower you go, the more dirt you will be able to suck up! I recommend vacuuming the sport 4 or 5 times before moving on the last step. Finally, find yourself a Rug Doctor. These miraculous machines will clean out the scariest, bleakest mud stains! You can rent them at most grocery stores and then drop them off when you’re done and when your carpet looks brand-new!

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Wax. Let the wax dry completely. If you try to remove the wax while it is still hot and liquid, you will only smear the wax more. Once the wax is dry, use a blunt knife to scrape off as much as you can. If there is still wax on the fabric, place a paper towel over the wax stain and then iron over the paper towel. Take care not to use the steam setting and be sure not to burn your fabric! This should transfer the wax from your fabric to the paper towel!

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