How to remove Christmas stains

Mess caused by Christmas candy

With Christmas come and gone, chances are someone will have spilled something somewhere over the festive period. Whether it’s gravy on the festive table cloth, mulled wine on the carpet or mince pies on the sofa – it’s a right royal nuisance, isn’t it?

We’ve got some tips on how to deal with some typical festive stains that you may be coming across:

Mulled Wine

Red wine stains

The trick with mulled wine – or any other wine spills for that matter – is to act fast. Blot as much of the spilled wine as quickly as you can with a paper towel, dabbing carefully at it to stop the stain from spreading. Never rub at it! Dampen the area with a little water and blot again.

For carpet stains, sprinkle the affected area with talcum powder and cover with paper towels, then place a heavy book wrapped in cling film on top and leave for 12 hours. With any luck, the talcum powder will have absorbed the mulled wine so that you can hoover it up.

If that hasn’t worked, a professional carpet cleaning service should be your next port of call.

Cranberry Sauce

Using a blunt knife, scrape away as much of the solids as you can, then put a little white vinegar on a clean cloth and dab the area gently. Next, make a soapy solution with a mug of warm water and a teaspoon of washing powder and gently dab this onto the stain with a damp cloth. If the stain is still there, repeat with vinegar and again with the soapy solution. Once the stain has disappeared, rinse with cool water.

If all is in vain, call Apple Clean for professional attention to your carpet and upholstery stain.


Gravy splashes on fabrics should be dealt with straight away before the stain sets. Wipe away any excess gravy with a paper towel, then blog the stain gently with a fresh paper towel. Next, apply a paste of water and baking soda to the stain, gently dabbing with a damp sponge and wiping away.

If you’ve left it too late or the stain is simply too large, call the Apple Clean team for professional upholstery cleaning.

Candle Wax

Wax stains on your carpet or sofa can be tricky to remove, especially if they’re not dealt with quickly. The longer the wax has a chance to penetrate the fabric, the harder it will be to remove.

First of all, apply a bag of frozen peas (or sandwich bag filled with ice cubes) over the wax stain to set it solid quickly. When it’s set, chip and scrape off as much as you can with a blunt knife – being careful not to damage the carpet or upholstery fibres – and hoover up the loose cold wax.

Next, place several paper towels over the remaining stain and carefully slide an iron (on the lowest setting!) over it. This should melt the remaining wax and transfer it to the paper towel.

If all else fails and the stain refuses to come out, call 0800 587 4571 and Apple Clean will remove the stain swiftly and professionally.

Candle wax staibs

Written on January 5, 2017 ·

4 Ways to Make Cleaning More Enjoyable

We’ve battled through what experts regard as the most depressing day of the year, so we’re thinking of ways to promote the spirit of what can often be seen as a tedious chore, especially once Christmas comes to an end.

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Cleaning can often be quite demanding, especially when a host of jobs have built up over the holiday period. Thankfully, there are a number of ways you can make house cleaning a bit more enjoyable.

So in the wake of Blue Monday, we’ve put together a few tips you can use to motivate yourself to get the cleaning done and perhaps even enjoy the drab experience.

Get Others Involved

If you’re finding it hard to cope with a plethora of cleaning jobs all at once, it can help to have a word with the rest of the family or perhaps others who live with you to try and work together.

House cleaning can be done much faster when you’ve got a number of people on the case, so all you need to do now is separate up tasks for each of your cleaning companions.

You could get your kids to pick up the toys they’ve left lying around or perhaps assign specific rooms to each of your housemates. Either way, having your family or friends involved in the cleaning process relieves all that unnecessary stress.

If you simply can’t find the time to get everyone involved in the cleaning process, you can always call on the experts to provide you with professional cleaning services, such as in-situ curtain cleaning or upholstery cleaning.

Open the Windows

Promoting healthy airflow when cleaning will make you feel a whole lot better, especially when dusting.

Fresh air improves the atmosphere of your home tenfold and gets rid of the stuffy atmosphere you’d usually associate with a cluttered living space.

You should open the windows when dusting tabletops, windowsills and cabinets as you could be exposing yourself to potentially harmful allergens.

Play Music

Whether you’ve got an entire stereo system set up in the living room or some portable speakers, playing music when cleaning will help keep your mind off the boring aspects of cleaning.

Music will also keep you awake and help you to feel occupied when cleaning, so you’ll find that moving from one job to the next becomes a whole lot easier.

Reward Yourself

The reward for cleaning is often a spotless living area, but there’s certainly no harm in treating yourself to something for a job well done.

Treat yourself to a favourite snack while enjoying a few books or films for a while, as this will help you feel relaxed and less stressed out after what can often be quite a frustrating process.

Feel your property could do with the help of professional cleaners? Contact Apple Clean today on 0800 587 4571 and we’ll take you through our comprehensive range of specialist cleaning services.

Written on January 20, 2015 ·

Last Minute Christmas Cleaning!

We’re all preparing to welcome our friends and family and get fully involved in all the festive cheer. Here are some essential cleaning tips to remember at the last minute so that all your guests are treated to a wonderful Christmas experience from the plentiful Christmas dinner to the fun-filled Christmas games.

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  • If you’ve opened lots of presents in the morning, try and get the place tidy as soon as possible. That means a last minute blitz of cleaning with all the main living areas accounted for; sofa’s properly assembled, magazine racks neatly assorted etc.
  • If you’re having guests stay the night, make sure you go to each guest room and clean them thoroughly. Change the blankets if possible and get rid of any clutter you’ve stored away. Give your guests some room to store their own belongings and open the windows to get rid of any dust that’s built up over time.
  • Get all the kitchen items you’ll need for a major cooking project the following day. Much of the kitchen items you’ll need on Christmas Day may not have been used for some time, so get these ready and clean them thoroughly beforehand. Cheeseboards, coffee makers and other once-a-year items will also need a thorough clean.
  • Champagne glasses will be needed on New Year’s Eve, so get these polished so that they’re sparkling and fit for any memorable occasion. Try not to put your most precious glasses in the dishwasher.
  • You’ll be constantly washing up all throughout the Christmas week, so keep on top of the process by avoiding piles of dishes. You could even allocate the washing up to different members of the family!
  • Once it’s all over, try and get the tidying up done as soon as possible so that you can go into the New Year feeling fresh and prepared for the rest of the wintery months.

Everyone at Apple Clean would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Written on December 24, 2014 ·

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

We’re right in the middle of the Christmas season and the New Year is just around the corner, so you might have started to think about what your new year’s resolutions are going to be. We’re always vowing to save money, improve fitness, give up sweets and the like, but what about considering some inspirational goals for your home?


There are many different ways of turning your home into an environmentally friendly, clean, efficient and hospitable place to be, so we’ve put together a list of three new year’s resolutions you could choose to adopt that will help make this a reality.

Regular Cleaning Schedules

Keeping every corner of your home in the best possible condition is essential if you’re hoping to improve the overall atmosphere.

Along with a few standard instructions you could follow (such as making sure you do throw dishes and cutlery in the dishwasher without fail every night!) you can also encourage a weekly cleaning plan that motivates you to get the job done.

You might even benefit from specialist carpet cleaning solutions or an effective stain removal service should you have more substantial cleaning jobs to deal with.

Safe and Secure

You may have turned your home into a masterpiece, but are you 100% sure it’s a safe and secure place to live? There’s always the chance you’ve missed a hidden fire hazard or health risk, so make sure you go over your property in detail to ensure there’s nothing dangerous around?

If you’ve carried out any renovation work, be aware that some properties still contain asbestos; a material that can cause serious health problems when broken up. Make sure your carbon monoxide detector is operating correctly and give kitchens and bathrooms enough ventilation so that mold cannot thrive.

You should certainly make it a resolution to keep on top of any health risks present within your home.

Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

This is quite a popular new year’s resolution anyway, though many people are unaware of what it takes to go greener. All you need to do is follow some straightforward rules and maintain a little common sense.

Start by ensuring all the lights are turned off in rooms you aren’t using, as well as air conditioners and electrical appliances when you leave the house. When you are using the washing machine or dishwasher, make sure both appliances are entirely full.

Introduce a few additional green rules, such as recycling food and composting or turning your computer off when you aren’t using it.

For specialist cleaning services across the South East, make sure you contact Apple Clean first this New Year.



Written on December 18, 2014 ·

3 Helpful Tips for Cleaning Over the Christmas Period

Cleaning over the Christmas period can be particularly daunting, especially when you consider all the scraps of Christmas dinner, the odd bits of tinsel and the overwhelming presence of used wrapping paper that you’ll evidently have to deal with at some stage.


Thankfully, Christmas is a great time to get your house in order, with specialist cleaning services regularly called upon during this time of year. If you’re keen to have very few cleaning jobs to do over the Christmas period, follow our helpful and comprehensive range of Christmas cleaning tips here at Apple Clean.

Put Up Decorations As Early As Possible

We’re not all fans of the extravagant lighting or the plethora of tinsel but either way, getting the decoration phase out of the way as early as you can is a helpful tip to follow. While most wouldn’t dare visit the loft for all their Christmas decorations until December, having them ready for unpacking is incredibly useful.

You should also put time aside to decorate, perhaps the odd Sunday, as this means you won’t be putting decorations up on top of other plans and disrupting any organised plan you were hoping to follow.

Vacuum Twice as Often

With Christmas comes no small amount of chocolate and sweets, so there’s almost certainly going to be plenty of old wrappers lying absolutely everywhere. If your kids have advent calendars or if you put a selection of Christmas treats on the kitchen table expect there to be plenty of vacuuming over the next couple of weeks.

Of course, if gifts or cards are opened early, you may even have to deal with wrapping paper before the big day. Simply put some time aside to vacuum twice as often.

Look After the Tree!

This one doesn’t necessarily apply to those of us who use artificial Christmas trees every year but the popularity of genuine Christmas fir or pine trees continues to soar.  Christmas trees can bring allergens in with them and shed leaves and soil at times, so it’s a good idea to keep that corner of your home spotless.

If you notice you’re suffering from any common tree-related allergy after bringing in the Christmas tree, you can replace it with an artificial tree. Also try and keep pets away from Christmas trees as they can easily transport allergens around the house this way.


Written on November 27, 2014 ·

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