At some point in your life, you’ve had to deal with stains. Whether you’re a parent, pet owner, college student, homeowner, or a human being you’ll be faced with a stain so difficult you’ll want to pull your hair out. No one wants to deal with stains, nor should you have to put up with them. Let eMaids of Broward County show you how to take care of the nastiest stains in your home with this stain removal guide.
TOILET BOWL STAINS
A dirty toilet is one thing, but a stained toilet is another problem altogether. There are three types of major stains possible with toilets. To get rid of stains follow these techniques:
- Hard water – The easiest way to spot this stain is by the rings of pink, red, brown, or white inside the bowl. To rid yourself of this problem, try this DIY trick: take a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid to the bowl and let it sit for one hour. Next, scrub away the rings and flush.
- Mold – That fuzzy, blue, green, yellow, gray, black, or white gunk under the rim of the toilet is not a fun sight. To eliminate this stain, spray ½ cup vinegar onto the mold then scrub. Flush the toilet three times to fully rid your septic system of the mold and cleaner.
- Mildew – This stain is linked to respiratory problems and can often be found near the top of the tank or in the toilet bowl. It starts out white, but then could turn yellow or brown eventually. To destroy the mildew, flush the toilet and quickly spray bleach onto the mildew. Scrub while most of the water is gone then flush the contaminates away.
Everybody deals with the consequences of an upset stomach or nausea in their life. If you have children or pets that probability doubles. Here’s your solution:
- Fabric – To start, scrape off any excess vomit. Be careful not to rub it further into the material. Next, run the fabric, inside out, under cold water. Once the majority of the sick is gone, toss the material in the washing machine and wash it in hot water with your regular detergent. Add an oxygen bleach like OxiClean.
- Upholstery or Carpet – Carefully remove the excess sick from the upholstery or carpet. Next, pour baking soda or cornstarch onto the stain. Let it sit for 15+ minutes to absorb any lingering moisture. Vacuum up the absorbent. Blot the remainder of the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
It’s not always easy to love those little furry monsters, especially when they pee on things, but we love our fur babies. The best way to remove pet stains is to blot the area with paper towels or rags then apply the stain remover. Here are the best pet stain removers:
- Baking soda and vinegar spray
- Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide spray
- DIY enzyme cleaner
- Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator Enzyme
- Biokleen Bac-Out Stain+Odor Remover
- Good Life Solutions
The #1 stain remover for set-in stains is The Amazing Whip-It. It boasts more than 500 different uses, such as coffee, tomato-based foods, chocolate, blood, urine, mildew, bodily fluids, rust, red wine, oils, ink, mud, wax, and cosmetics. For difficult stains, spray the all-natural chemical onto the material then let it set according to the bottle, longer if the stain is very old. If possible, wash normally in the washing machine. Don’t dry if the stain lingers.
Besides looking unsightly, mold leads to a host of health issues such as allergies, asthma-related issues, toxins in the skin, etc. These are the products that kill mold: bleach, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and baking soda and borax. If you come across black mold, call a professional. Black mold is highly toxic and very dangerous to inhale.
Protecting your home requires more than security and alarms. Getting to the source of some of the stains that plague your home will help you to prevent the build-up of bigger issues in the future. For every day, nasty messes just remember that there’s a solution for every situation. With the right cleaner and a little bit of elbow grease, you’ll be the master of any mess.