red-wine-505296_1280Wine stains – we’ve all been there. A glass of wine carelessly knocked over in the middle of an animated conversation, an open bottle getting in the way of an elbow and over it goes…. contents are spilled onto tablecloths, sofa fabrics or fitted carpets. Disaster?

Red wine stains in particular can be hard to shift. As with most things, speed is of the essence to contain any damage. There are many ways to tackle wine stains quickly – table salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide have all been shown to be beneficial for stain removal.

We recommend that you follow these top tips in the first instance, then contact a professional cleaning company for advice and to remove any leftover stains.

  1. Blot up as much of the spilled liquid as you can as quickly as you can. Don’t rub from side to side, but blot in an up and down motion to minimise the damage. Work from the outside in to prevent the stain from spreading.
  2. For upholstery, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid with a pint of cool water and sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, then blot until dry. Repeat the process until the stain has gone, then sponge with cold water and blot dry.
  3. For carpets, mix a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid into a pint of warm water and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Apply a little at a time with a clean sponge, and blot frequently so that the area doesn’t get too wet. Repeat until the stain is gone, then sponge with cold water and blot dry.

It’s important to consider the material you are treating so as not to cause more damage. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for advice and make sure you consult a carpet cleaning or upholstery cleaning professional – it’ll be worth it in the long run.

Specialist cleaning services are a great way of getting rid of any long-term stains or persistent allergens, especially if you’ve struggled to tackle the issue yourself. In addition, specialist cleaning covers a whole lot more than you might think, with cleaning solutions such as Scothgard preventing any future stains and flame proofing that keeps your curtains and upholstery safe from fire damage. There’s a good chance you require specialist cleaning services from Apple Clean if you’re experiencing one of the following issues in this blog post.

Permanently Stained Carpets/ Upholstery

The first clear sign that you might benefit from a specialist property cleaning service is if you notice any persistent stains in your home. Whether it was down to hosting an alcohol infused celebration or dropping a glass of red wine, specialist cleaning services are a great way of tackling troublesome stains. Many of our cleaning methods are state of the art and won’t usually be used in the domestic environment, so you might be pleasantly surprised by just how easily stains could be removed.

Regular Sneezing Whilst Inside

The summer is on its way, so you might be suffering from the typical symptoms of hay fever. However, if you’ve noticed that similar symptoms persist after the summer months and into autumn, there might be other forces at work. Allergens can easily get trapped in curtain fabrics and within upholstery, so a thorough clean might be necessary to bring your suffering to an end.

You Own A Pet

Pets are great to have around and there are plenty of animal lovers across the UK. Unfortunately, pets can sometimes cause people to suffer allergy symptoms, whilst they also tend to get hairs on absolutely everything! If you’ve had pets for a significant amount of time and haven’t yet considered the possibility of specialist cleaning, you can return your property to its best state once we’ve turned up and removed persistent dirt marks or animal hair.

You’re Moving Out

Some people like to go through their own detailed cleaning procedure before moving house, whilst others will seek the services of specialist cleaning companies. We recommend that people make the most of our end-of-tenancy cleaning services here at Apple Clean, and it’s not much different if you’re soon to move out of your own property. A deep clean will leave a property in the right condition for a sale and even contribute to the chances of finding a buyer.

We all appreciate the role of our kitchens, especially as they are widely regarded as the vocal point of any household. Whether it’s cooking meals, talking with the family or sitting down and reading the morning paper, we could all do with a thoroughly clean and tidy looking kitchen space.

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It’s important to remember that the kitchen is one of the first places your guests will reach, as you’ll likely be offering them a drink or snack. In addition, many open-plan kitchens have seating areas and dining tables that are great for communal gatherings. For these reasons, it’s essential to have a kitchen that’s in the best possible condition all year round.

So what can you do to make sure your kitchen is as clean as possible throughout the year? We tend to grab a mop for the floor on occasion, scrub the oven hobs, organise the dish cloths and make sure the sink is empty each day, but are we fully aware of the true cleanliness of our kitchens?

It’s quite easy for germs and bacteria to develop in the kitchen due to the moisture that often appears from the taps and the plumbing system, as well as a kettle or whenever you need to boil water. It’s also a common to have a bin in the kitchen due to the amount of food waste that needs to be thrown away or recycled.

So to ensure that your kitchen is thoroughly cleaned, it might be useful to follow our guidelines here at Apple Clean so that you can rest safe in the knowledge that your friends, family and visitors will appreciate a healthy-looking kitchen space.

  1. Dusting is a good place to start, as you’ll need to get rid of all the loose dirt before washing anything.
  2. Next, assemble a cleaning solution and start wiping down walls, cupboards and cabinets, targeting grease stains and other dirt marks.
  3. It’s now time to move to the oven. Ovens attract the most dirt of all kitchen appliances, so cleaning your oven should be a patient process. Not many people choose to clean their oven, but there are plenty of cleaning solutions available to get rid of particularly tough grease and food stains.
  4. Apply anti-bacterial cleaning solutions to the sink and other areas where bacteria commonly thrive. You don’t need to spend long doing this, just make sure all the anti-bacterial solution is removed afterwards through a normal cleaning procedure such as scrubbing.
  5. Cleaning your fridge out and reorganising can be highly satisfying, especially if you’ve been coping with a dirty fridge for months!
  6. Get rid of the rubbish and organise a recycling bin for food waste. Having two separate bins is an easy contribution you can make towards the environment.
  7. Finally, get hold of some hot water and multi-purpose household cleaning solution and start mopping the floor.

Of all the places in your home that seem to receive the least amount of cleaning attention, the stairs are probably the most important of all. The problem with carpeted stairs is that they attract dust and dirt as well as any other carpeted room in the house. Whilst they might seem harmlessly separate from the rest of the home, stairs are used far more regularly than you might think. As long as you’ve got people consistently trudging up the stairs, you’ll need to treat them with the same affection as any other part of your home.

So you’re in agreement that your carpeted stairs might need more of a clean every now and then, but you’ve realised that it isn’t the easiest job to get done. Carrying your vacuum up and down flights of stairs can be a nightmare, so here are a few tips to consider should you need to vacuum your stairs in the near future.

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The stairs can quite easily be littered with all sorts of things, some of which are a lot larger than your average scraps. For example, some people use the stairs to put things on should they need to be taken upstairs. Anything like this can get in the way of your vacuuming work and potentially clog up the vacuum, so make sure there are no large debris still present on the stairs before you start the job.

It’s important to start from the bottom of the stairs and work your way upwards for safety reasons should you need to move your vacuum around at all to reach certain areas. If you’re struggling to reach certain stairs as you move up, try and make the most of some plug sockets on the landing if possible. Once you’re happy with that, start vacuuming the edges and corners first. The smaller nozzle is best for the harder to reach areas of the stairs.

Once you’ve done all the edges and corners, attach the larger nozzle and begin vacuuming the entire stairs. Try and use a nozzle that suits the size and shape of your stairs as this can make the job much easier. Change the angle of your approach of necessary, moving in an up and down motion to ensure you get all the dust and potential allergens up and out of the fabric.

It’s as easy as that. If you are concerned about lugging a heavy vacuum around your staircase, see if you can invest in a vacuum that reaches further. Alternatively, if you feel a deeper clean is necessary for tough stains or troublesome allergens, contact Apple Clean and make the most of our unrivalled cleaning services.

A photo of red wine being spilled onto carpetA client in Chichester asked me the other day how best to protect her carpets, rugs and upholstery against the stains caused by a house full of children, pets and the occasionally clumsy adult. Well, one of the best places to start is with Scotchgard (or Scotchgard if you’re American!)

I think perhaps the most important benefit of using Scotchgard stain protection, at least for this particular customer, is that it gives you some important peace of mind – you’re not worrying about stains all the time! In addition, it makes carpets and fabrics easier to clean as well as making vacuuming more effective.

Have Scotchgard professionally applied to your carpets and furniture and you know that whatever mess your little ones, whether two- or four-legged, create, you won’t have a lasting memento (it helps prevent the discolouration of light coloured fabrics and carpets, too).

With the application of Scotchgard to your carpets and upholstery, you’ll either be able to sort out the stain yourself or you’ll know that when it’s time to call on Apple Clean for professional carpet cleaning, the evidence of that red wine spill, the dirt trampled in from the garden or the pizza stuffed down the back of the sofa can be treated more effectively. Scotchgard helps protect the investment you’ve made in your carpets and upholstery.

So, using Scotchgard is as much about preventing stains as it is about removing them. You’re staying a step ahead of those sticky fingers, dirty paws and unwieldy elbows! Scotchgard is invisible and you don’t need to worry about it affecting the colour of your sofa, carpet or rugs.

We know a thing or two about carpet cleaning at Apple Clean and over the (many!) years, we’ve learnt that stain protection doesn’t come any better than Scotchgard. It has been a top brand for over 50 years and we’ve yet to find another product that comes close.

That’s why I recommended it to this Chichester customer, why I’m mentioning it here and why I will suggest it the next time someone asks about the best way to protect their carpets and furniture.

For more information on Apple Clean carpet cleaning services, contact the team on 0800 587 4571.