Around Town Cleaning Show

How to Easily Remove Cherry Stains From Your Carpet?

My favourite fruit is indeed cherries but unfortunately, they leave behind very stubborn stains when you accidentally drop them on clothes or on the floor. And the floor in my kitchen happens to be carpeted so you can imagine how messy it gets every time I eat cherries.

This means that by now I am a professional at getting rid of cherry stains – and I want to teach you how I do it!

How to Easily Remove Cherry Stains From Your Carpet?

When you drop cherries on your carpet and they make a big mess, you need to lift as much excess as possible. Do this with a dull knife so you can scoop the solid pieces and make sure you do not apply pressure nor you wipe, rub, or scrub – you don’t want to drive the stain further!

When you lift the solids, you also want to blot the area so you soak up moisture with a paper towel or a white cloth.

Of course, the next step includes treating the stain. Mix a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water, dip a cloth in there, and start blotting the affected area. After blotting a few times, check the cloth because the cherry dye will have transferred over to the cloth. Continue blotting until no more dye is being transferred.

Next, you have to rinse the area so you remove the soapy water. I like to do this by dampening a cloth and then blotting the stained area for a few minutes.

Now determine whether the stain was successfully removed or it’s still present. If it wasn’t removed, you have to try something much stronger – oxygen bleach. Dilute it in cold water, dip a sponge in the mixture and then start treating the stain. Of course, don’t apply too much of the mixture because you don’t want to saturate the area. Let it sit for an hour so the bleach has time to work its magic and then rinse again.

Once the stain is removed and you have rinsed the area, allow it to air-dry then vacuum the carpet so you can fluff the fibers.

How to Remove Watermelon Stains From Your Upholstery?

Who doesn’t love watermelons, right? I know I am always eating them in the summer, however, I also have the habit of spilling and dropping the pieces while I eat them on my couch which means one thing – my upholstery is covered in watermelon stains quite often.

This is why I am going to teach you how to remove these stains off of any upholstery because I have a feeling that you have dropped pieces from watermelon as often as I have!

How to Remove Watermelon Stains From Your Upholstery?

Of course, you have to start off by removing the pieces you dropped. Pick them up with your fingers or scoop them with a spoon. If you, however, spilled only liquid with no solids – blot the area with a paper towel. But don’t wipe or rub – no pressure should be applied to the stain because you will drive it further making it harder to remove.

Next, make your cleaner which is very simple – two teaspoons of dishwashing liquid and two cups of warm water. This soapy water should be applied to the stain with a sponge or a cloth. Again, blot and don’t apply pressure. The stain should transfer to the cloth.

Then it’s important to rinse the area and remove the soap from the upholstery. Do this by dipping a clean cloth in water then blotting the area with it a few times.

If for some reason, the stain still remains, it’s time to apply something stronger – oxygen bleach will do the trick. Dilute it in cold water then apply it to the stain with a cloth. Don’t saturate the area and don’t apply pressure – again, simply blot. Then let the mixture stay for 30 minutes before you rinse it with cold water.

And now that the stain is removed, let the area air-dry.

How to Safely Clean Stuffed Animals?

Cleaning stuffed animals is easy, however, you need to know how to do it properly. Perhaps, you have already performed these chores by throwing the stuffed animals in your washing machine – and, unfortunately, they probably came out in a terrible condition.

In order to properly clean them without any damage so that your kid doesn’t cry the entire day because their favourite toy is ruined, I will teach you how to still use your washing machine but avoid all risks of damage.

How to Safely Clean Stuffed Animals?

Before we get to the actual cleaning, I recommend you check the stuffed animal for any tears or loose stitching because you would want to fix those before you get to cleaning.

Once you fix these issues, grab a mesh bag or a pillowcase because you would want to place the stuffed animal inside to prevent the washing machine to damage the toy. I also recommend you wash the stuffed animal by itself – just place it inside the mesh bag or the pillowcase, tie it well so it doesn’t open during the cycle, and throw it in the washing machine.

Only use a gentle cycle and also don’t add too much laundry detergent or fabric softener – after all, the toy will be the only thing inside the appliance so you don’t need too much liquid.

When the cycle is complete, take the toy outside of the pillowcase and place it in a sunny area so it dries quicker. If it’s warm outside, I also recommend placing it out on your balcony and just forgetting about it for a few hours until it’s nice and dry.

Do not use your dryer because it will for sure damage the toy.

A Recipe For A Homemade Glass Cleaner Provided By Experts

Just imagine how incredible it would be if you could achieve spotless windows and mirrors with just a few natural ingredients? Without any streaks, marks, or stains left behind on the surface…

Well, it turns out that all of the above is quite possible – and I even have an incredible recipe for a DIY glass cleaner that the cleaning technicians over at provided me!

Of course, I am going to share how to do it yourself as well so I am not the only one benefiting from this recipe! So if you want to learn how to clean your mirrors or windows easily then keep on reading – you will save both money and time!

A Recipe For A Homemade Glass Cleaner Provided By Experts

You need four ingredients you already have at home – filtered water, cornstarch, rubbing alcohol, and white vinegar!

If you don’t have filtered water go for distilled water but make sure you DO NOT use tap water because it will leave streaks and spots behind.

Now, grab a clean spray bottle and add a cup of water (but make sure it’s hot so the other ingredients can mix easily). Continue with adding half a tablespoon of cornstarch, 1/8 a cup of rubbing alcohol, and 1/8 a cup of white vinegar. Close the bottle and shake well until the cornstarch has mixed and there is no powder sitting on the bottom.

And that’s it – you now have my favourite glass cleaner in the whole world! It’s easy, cheap, and effective. I also recommend you shake the bottle before each use. I like to use a microfiber cloth rather than paper towels because they can leave streaks behind – and we don’t want that, right?

I am certain you are going to love the results. I use this cleaner on any glass surface – from windows to mirrors. Sometimes, I even use it as an all-purpose cleaner due to the rubbing alcohol that’s in it (after all, it’s the best disinfectant)!

How To Deep Clean Your Dishwasher With A Steam Cleaner?

We all know how important maintaining our kitchen appliances spotless is. After all, it’s the only way to ensure they have a long lifespan, are free of any germs, and perform well.

When you don’t clean your appliances, they have a huge chance of performing terribly then, over time, breaking down – and the last thing you want is for these appliances that you use on regular basis to have a short lifespan, right? No one wants to spend money on replacing them which is why I am going to show you how I deep clean my dishwasher – one of the most important things in my kitchen after my oven!

And I know what you are thinking – using a steam cleaner for your dishwasher… I know it sounds weird, however, it makes the cleaning so much easier especially when the appliance is really dirty!

How To Deep Clean Your Dishwasher With A Steam Cleaner?

Start off with pouring water into your steam cleaner. I usually like using distilled water instead of tap water, however, if you don’t have that right now – just fill it with tap water, it’s not a problem! I wait for a few minutes so that the machine can heat up the water and then I start cleaning.

I steam the door first – both inside and out! You will notice that the steam will loosen up all of the impurities and the stain – which is amazing and will save you a lot of time (and hours of scrubbing). Once I am done with the door, I grab paper towels and simply wipe everything so I can remove all the impurities.

Then I continue with steaming the inside of the appliance. I focus on any stains since they are harder to remove. Don’t spend too much time on the interior because we will run a cycle with vinegar so the rest of the impurities can get washed away. Once you are happy with the result, wipe with paper towels.

Then grab the vinegar – it will tackle not only the residue but the hard water stains as well. I pour the liquid in a cup then place it on the top rack. If the appliance is extremely dirty then I also recommend you pour baking soda on the bottom rack – and then just run a hot cycle.

And just like that, you now have a spotless dishwasher. I like to do this once a month just to keep everything clean!

How To Remove Old Stains And Smells From Your Mattress?

Discovering a stain on your mattress can be a huge nightmare especially if you have a mattress cover that you take off once every few months. Yes, technically mattress covers are supposed to protect your mattress from stains, however, sometimes they tend to leak and this is when a stain will form. This is why I highly recommend you switch your mattress cover to a waterproof one!

When you have no idea when did this stain happened, removing it can be pretty challenging – but don’t worry too much about it because I am here to show you how to get rid of not only stains but also bad odours!

Here Is How To Do It!

First, start off with preparing all the ingredients you will need – a spray bottle, hydrogen peroxide, some baking soda, liquid dish soap, vacuum cleaner, and your favourite essential oil! I recommend using lavender or tea tree because they have antibacterial properties!

Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide with 3 tablespoons of baking soda, a few drops of liquid dish soap, and a few drops of the essential oil in a spray bottle.

Mix well then spray over the affected area. You want to soak and saturate the stain so don’t hold back when spraying.

Then just let the area air-dry. You can also place the mattress in the sun so it dries quicker.

And finally, just vacuum up the baking soda and you are done – the stains and the bad odour should both be removed!

How To Remove Gum From Upholstery?

Dropping gum on your upholstery is definitely not a good thing because the removal process can be challenging, however, it’s not impossible.

I have two different removal methods that you can use – all of which work and are super easy to follow!

Here Is What You Need To Do!

– The First Method:

The first method I have for you is super easy – just cut a piece of duct tape and place the sticky side over the gum. Then just pull away.

Repeat these steps until you remove the gum completely!

This is probably the easiest way to remove gum from upholstery – not only won’t you waste too much time but you also don’t need any cleaners or detergents. Plus, you won’t make a mess!

– The Second Method:

The second method I have for you is also pretty easy. Just add ice in a zip lock bag and place it over the gum so you can freeze it. Once it’s hardened, scrape it off with a butter knife. The gum will most likely break into pieces.

Then vacuum the residue. If any gum remains, soak a cloth in soapy water and treat the area with it!

How To Easily Remove Paint From Glass?

If you recently renovated your home and you painted the walls then you are most likely dealing with leftover paint all over your windows and mirrors. This can be super frustrating because no matter how hard you try to avoid applying paint on glass surfaces, you still end up leaving a huge mess behind. I know that this task may seem pretty difficult and time-consuming, however, I am here to reassure you that there is indeed a pretty easy way to get rid of paint from glass – and today I am going to show you how to do it!

How To Easily Remove Paint From Glass?

Start off by filling a bucket with warm water. Also, make sure to add liquid dish soap in there.

Then soak a towel or a cloth in the mixture then clean the window. You won’t remove any paint with this, however, you will wipe away any impurities and dirt which will make the paint removal easier. Make sure you rinse the windows with clear water before skipping to the next step.

Prepare a hand-held razor blade – you will scrap the paint off the glass with it. I have tried plenty of other removal methods, however, this seems to be the easiest one. Make sure you hold the blade at a 45-degree angle for the best results.

And finally, once you are done, and you have removed all paint simply wipe the window with a rag – and that’s it!

How To Remove Pee Stains And Bad Odour From A Mattress

I have two dogs – and I remember how difficult it was for me to train them where to go pee which meant that for quite some time they would pee where they weren’t supposed to – for example, on my bed. This left stains and pretty bad odours that I didn’t want on my mattress – so I had to figure out a way to get rid of both the stains and the odour.

After researching and talking to friends, I came to the conclusion that this wasn’t a difficult task – in fact, I just needed to use a few natural ingredients and both the stain and the smell will be gone!

What You Need?

You have to prepare baking soda, liquid dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and your favourite essential oil. Of course, the essential oil is not necessary, however, it will help with the odour so I recommend it. I usually use lavender because it has antibacterial properties!

Add all ingredients to a spray bottle then gently spin the bottle so everything can mix.

Then remove all sheets from your mattress and spray the stained areas with your DIY stain remover! And then you will just wait for your mattress to dry. You won’t have to scrub or rub the area – the mixture will do all the work for you! The hydrogen peroxide and the liquid soap will get rid of the stain while the baking soda and essential oil will take care of the odour!

Once the area is completely dry, grab your vacuum cleaner so you can get rid of the baking soda – and that’s it. Your mattress will be spotless without any trace of the pee (and the bad smell)!

How To Clean Your Rusty Cast Iron Pan?

I love my cast iron pan. In fact, I have a few of them because I really like using them. They are also super durable and will last you a long time if you take proper care of them.

However, one downfall of cast iron pans is that they tend to get rusty pretty quickly. Of course, there is a way to avoid this from happening – and I will tell you exactly how to do that but if yours is already rusty then you need to take care of this problem first before you move on to the “preventing” part of the process!

So How To Clean A Rusty Cast Iron Pan?

It’s much more simple than you probably think. You need two ingredients to clean it – a potato and salt.

Cut your potato in half then sprinkle some salt all over the pan. Grab one half of the potato and start scrubbing the pan with it. The salt and the potato work extremely well in removing rust and cleaning your pan in general.

Once you are done, rinse the pan with hot water – avoid using soap!

How To Prevent Rust?

In order to maintain your pan spotless at all times, you need to create a protective layer of the surface. You can do that with olive oil – it’s super simple yet important for taking proper care of your cast iron pan.

Start off with preheating your oven then placing the pan in there for a few minutes so it can be warm. Then take it out, pour a bit of olive oil in there, and spread it evenly with a paper towel. Next, once again place the pan inside your oven for a few hours.

Once you take it out, wait for the pan to cool down and wipe it with a paper towel to remove the excess oil. Repeat these steps twice so you can really coat the surface with the oil – and you are done!