Top tips for dealing with tough Christmas stains

Christmas is coming, which means its time to break out the festive treats and get the food shopping done in time for the big day. It’s a wonderful time of year – though it can also mean dealing with a few different domestic challenges around the house. As if perfecting the decorations wasn’t enough, what do you do when someone fancies a mulled wine but spills some on the carpet? How do you deal with gravy splashes? What if someone drops the cranberry sauce?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our tips on what to do, just in case!

How do I clean up gravy stains?

A bit of gravy can make a Christmas turkey that much nicer, but it’s easy to make mistakes. If you’ve spilled gravy on your carpet or got some on your expensive tablecloth, it’s important to act fast. Use a paper towel to wipe away the excess gravy. Once that’s done, apply a mix of water and baking soda to the stain, dabbing at it gently with a damp sponge before wiping the stain away.

How do I deal with mulled wine spills?

Just like gravy, the key to cleaning up mulled wine (and other wine spills!) is to move quickly to deal with the stain before it can become a bigger problem. Blot up as much of the wine as possible using a paper towel and make sure to dab carefully to stop the stain from spreading. Make sure you don’t rub at it, as this can make things much worse!

If you’re dealing with a carpet stain, sprinkle some talcum powder on the affected area and cover it with paper towels. Next, leave a heavy book wrapped in cling film on top of it and leave it there for 12 hours. Hopefully, the talcum powder should have absorbed the mulled wine stain.

What should I do about melted candle wax?

Candle wax probably isn’t the first thing you might consider when you think of Christmas stains, but it’s certainly one to keep in mind. Wax stains can be tricky to remove from carpets and upholstery, and just like gravy, wine and plenty more, the longer you leave it the harder it is to deal with.

Grab a bag of frozen peas or something similar, such as a bag of ice, and place it on the wax stain to make sure to set it to a solid state quickly. Once that’s done, scrape off as much of the wax stain as you can with a blunt knife. Be careful when doing this so that you don’t damage the fabrics!

Next, collect up the loose wax or hoover it up to quickly tidy up the mess. Afterwards, put some paper towels on the stain and carefully slide an iron over it using the lowest setting. This should melt whatever is left of the wax stain, which will be collected by the paper towels.

How do I clean up cranberry sauce stains?

Continuing our theme of fast action, cranberry sauce stains are another problem that need to be dealt with quickly. Start by using a blunt knife to gently scrape away the solid parts. Then, use a soapy solution of warm water and a teaspoon of washing powder, gently dabbing this onto the stain with a damp cloth. This should hopefully get rid of the stain, but if it doesn’t you can try again with the soapy solution and vinegar. When the stain is gone, rinse the affected area with cool water.

What do I do if the stains don’t go away?

If you’ve tried all our advice but the stains won’t go away, don’t let it ruin your Christmas! At Apple Clean, we have over 30 years’ experience with difficult stains in carpets, upholstery and much more. Give us a call on 0800 587 4571 for free advice and a no-obligation quote. Our friendly team can help get rid of any stain, leaving you to enjoy the festive season.

Professional attention – excellent cleaning results

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Here at Apple Clean, we’ve been in the carpet, curtain and upholstery cleaning business for over 25 years. During all that time, our business approach has never changed. We firmly believe that the best way for us to achieve commercial success in your local area is to deliver a service that is personal, professional and achieves excellent cleaning results.

This is what sets us apart from the competition. It’s also the reason why, after all these years, the owner of Apple Clean, Jonathan Lee, insists on answering every new query himself. It gives him the opportunity to develop a personal rapport with every potential customer.

Apple Clean’s operatives use the latest equipment and gentle yet effective cleaning products that are kind to carpets, curtains and upholstery, and safe for children, pets and the environment. Whether you decide to use us for carpet cleaning, in-situ curtain cleaning, upholstery cleaning or any other cleaning service, we think you’ll also find that we provide excellent value for money.

But there’s no need to take our word for it.

Why not visit our Checkatrade member page where you will see that we’ve received in excess of 2,700 customer reviews and an average satisfaction rating of 9.92. Here are just some of the comments we received this year:

“Jon was very friendly on the phone and provided a very competitive quote. Jake who undertook the work did a fantastic job. I have 3 kids and there were all sorts of stains and mess and he managed to make them look like new.” (Full house carpet clean, Horsham, August 2019)

“A 15-year-old high quality hall carpet cleaned once before by a different company about 5 years ago, not very well. This time we used Apple Clean, after good experience with their upholstery cleaning service. We now have a hall carpet of consistent colour and uniform fibre “bounce” that looks no more than five years old. A totally unexpected improvement and we are, of course, delighted.” (Hall carpet clean, Hindhead, July 2019)

“I asked Apple Clean to simply sanitise some rather unfortunate stains to the ruined carpet outside my toilet (yes, you guessed correctly) until I could afford to replace it. Liam and Eduardo turned up on time to the minute, with specialist kit and products, and cheerfully set to work. To my complete surprise, they TOTALLY removed the stains, and left the whole “ruined” area looking completely as new. So impressive were the results that I have booked a full clean for the whole house. Both techs were totally professional and very likeable, as was Simon from their office. Utterly recommended!” (Carpet clean, Arundel, July 2019)

“Andrew was polite and very accommodating, he took a long time to clean our sofas and used specialist equipment and chemicals to try and remove stubborn stains. Would use them again. Highly recommended.” (Sofa upholstery clean, Seaford, March 2019)

“Tom was very punctual and very polite. He assessed the work to be done and immediately explained that he wasn’t optimistic that he could remove the various stains from the chairs and sofa. He had a really good go, but he was right. Despite taking time to do this he didn’t charge, as he was unable to leave the furniture in a markedly better condition than he’d found them – though it was a bit better! I’d recommend this firm and definitely use them again should the need arise.” (Upholstery clean, Brighton, February 2019)

“First class service by a very competent operative. Delighted with the works carried out.” (Leather sofa cleaning, Chichester, January 2019)

For more information about any of our specialist carpet, upholstery and curtain cleaning services, please get in touch with Jonathan directly on 0800 587 4571. He will be more than happy to give you plenty of professional advice and an instant, no obligation quote.

4 reasons to vacuum your carpets regularly

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If you have fitted carpets in your home, it’s important to look after them. Hoovering is the first step to keeping your floors looking great and smelling fresh. Give your carpets the attention they deserve and you will get years of enjoyment out of your investment.

Left unattended, carpets can quickly become dirty with dust, food particles, pet dandruff, hair, soil and all sorts of microscopic organisms. Given time, the dirt and debris not only reduce the lifespan of your carpet, it can even become a health hazard.

One of the most effective ways to keep on top of carpet care is to run a vacuum across all carpeted surfaces on a regular basis. Daily is ideal. Weekly is non-negotiable. Here’s why:

1 – No household smells and nasty niffs

Regular vacuuming is essential to remove dirt from your carpet that may otherwise generate bad odours from rotting food particles and bacteria. You surely don’t want your home to develop an unpleasant smell. Daily hoovering and regular professional carpet cleaning will ensure that your house will stay clean and smelling fresh at all times.

2 – Longer lifespan for your carpet

When dirt and debris accumulate deep within the carpet pile, the fibres are at risk of attack and decay sooner than you think. The trick to keeping your carpet or oriental rugs in good condition for the long term is to look after it well. Regular removal of dust and other particles that reach your carpet every day is key. Your hoover should be your best friend.

3 – A healthy, hygienic environment

A dirty, smelly carpet can lead to range of health hazards for you and your family. As with any dirty surface, your carpet can turn into a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms. Small children or elderly family members can be particularly vulnerable. Frequent hoovering is essential to maintain a healthy home environment.

4 – Protection from allergies

If there are allergy sufferers in your household, you should be extra vigilant with carpet hygiene. Microorganism can grow quickly, while dust and debris become airborne every time someone walks through the room. For those suffering from asthma or respiratory allergies, this can acerbate symptoms. The best way to prevent this is by regular vacuuming.

As you can see, there are many good reasons why you should vacuum the carpets in your home on a regular basis. Choose a good quality vacuum cleaner for the job. We found a very useful article to help you select the right one here.

Finally, don’t forget to make regular carpet cleaning part of your routine. At Apple Clean, we recommend a twice yearly deep clean for best results. With over 20 years’ in the business, we pride ourselves in personal attention and the quality of our work. Why not give our experienced carpet and upholstery cleaning team a call on 0800 587 4571 to get a free instant quote?

Top tips for cleaning a leather sofa

Cleaning a brown leather sofa

Leather sofas look fantastic, and luckily they are also easy to clean compared to standard fabrics. Cleaning your upholstery regularly can also help you get the most out of your sofa and can keep it looking great for years to come. If you don’t know the best way to clean a leather sofa, don’t worry! We’ve put together a quick and simple guide to help you out. Check out our top tips below.

Check your sofa – get rid of surface dirt!

One of the first things you should do is to remove any throws and cushions from your sofa. These are best washed separately in order to avoid any potential problems with the products used for a leather sofa. Next, check down the sides and under the sofa and cushions for anything like loose change, sweet wrappers and any rubbish. Once cleared, use a brush attachment to get rid of any crumbs. This will help to avoid scratching or damaging the leather.

Be prepared – always check the label

Most upholstery, including leather sofas, will have a handy label or a sticker that will let you know what cleaning products can be used on it. This is most likely to be on the underside, but could be found elsewhere. If it says “W”, this means that you can only use a water based cleaner on the leather. “S” and “P” means that you can dry clean only. If you see “SW” and “WS”, this means that either a water-based detergent, a solvent cleaner or a steam cleaner can be used. If you see “X”, this means that the leather upholstery will need professional cleaning.

Once you’ve found out what can or can’t be used, you can move onto cleaning the leather. One top tip for cleaning a leather sofa is to use saddle soap or a leather dew once a week with a soft cloth. This will help to keep your sofa in a good condition, as well as keeping it nice and clean!

How to clean your leather sofa

One of the best ways to clean a leather sofa is to use a slightly damp cloth with a little bit of soap. It is important to make sure that the cloth is not too wet though, as this will leave a water mark on your sofa. Another popular technique is to use white vinegar as a natural stain remover, using a mix of water and vinegar solution which is then cleaned up with water and a mild detergent to get rid of that vinegar smell once you’re done.

Need help? Call the professionals!

Unfortunately, some stains are just too tough to clean, and trying too hard to get rid of them can damage the leather upholstery on your sofa. If you’ve tried the tips listed above but had no luck, it might be time to get help from a professional cleaning company. At Apple Clean, we have over 20 years’ experience cleaning leatherupholstery and much more, and can deal with even the toughest of stains. Get in touch with us today on 0800 587 4571 for a free no-obligation quotation on leather sofa cleaning and more.

10 Happy New Year Tips for #BackToWork

2019 date made of wooden numbers

With Christmas firmly behind us, forget about the festivities, the mince pies and the mulled wine. It’s time to adjust back to normality. Why not embrace the New Year with an office blitz and an energy switch-up to kick 2019 off to a good start. Here are 10 recommendations to get you going.

  1. First off, get rid of the Christmassy atmosphere – glitter is so last year! Fold away that sad looking Christmas tree and return it to the cupboard ready for next December. De-tinsel the office and ditch the decorations. Take down all the Christmas cards and put them in the recycling.
  2. Why not start the year with fresh energy in a nice clean office? If your premises are stale, grubby and uninspiring, you’d be surprised at the difference a thorough office clean can make. Ask Apple Clean about carpets, curtains and upholstery cleaning, stain removal and more.
  3. Check the kitchen for leftover mince pies, chocolate liqueurs and half-empty bottles of Baileys. No-one will thank you if you hand them around the office now that everyone is on a January detox. Better still, invest in new, healthy additions to your office kitchen. A water cooler? Daily fresh fruit for everyone? A juicer?
  4. Ban Christmas jumpers and novelty gifts, festive tunes, cinnamon scented candles and anything else you can think of that doesn’t belong in the New Year. You’re looking forward, not back. And while you’re at it, take down the 2018 wall calendar and get out the 2019 diaries and motivational pictures to inspire everyone at work to look to the year ahead.
  5. Take a good look around the office and ask yourself honestly: is the environment conducive to working at maximum efficiency and productivity? Does it exude an air of calm professionalism? It’s always easier to see after a few days away from the workspace. If the area is littered with defunct IT equipment, storage boxes full of papers or other detritus that doesn’t belong there, you should think about decluttering.
  6. Similarly, it’s a good discipline to start the year with a tidy desk and work space. Spend just an hour this week to get organised and you will reap the rewards for the next 12 months. The same goes for your computer – now is a good time to sort out your inbox and your hard drive, back up your files and streamline your filing system.
  7. Now that you can see clearly, think about adding positive accents to your office that can make all the difference between dreading or looking forward to a day’s work. Fresh flowers or house plants perhaps? New keyboard? Spotify Premium? No matter how small these touches are, they can be immensely motivating to you and the rest of the staff.
  8. Spread a little happiness. Be nice to your colleagues. Take some time out to have a catch-up chat, ask about their Christmas and exchange holiday news. It doesn’t take long to reconnect with colleagues and re-establish the bond that holds the office together.
  9. Thinking of office morale, how about planning something the whole team can look forward to? A corporate day out in the summer perhaps? Charity engagements? Training and career development opportunities? Some companies opt to have their annual dinner in January – without the crackers and silly hats of course.
  10. New Year’s resolutions aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but goal setting in a work context is certainly worth doing. Whether you have an HR department to organise this for/with your executives or you simply all sit around the board table and talk about your plans for the year ahead, now is a good time to re-engage every member of your team. Time to focus and get back to work.

At Apple Clean, we wish all our customers a happy and prosperous 2019.

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