A Post-Party Clean-Up

Lots of festive family dinners, home-made food leftovers, kitchens and living rooms…and everything is a mess…

My aunt Faye always looks fabulous and it seems that she has just stepped out of a fashion magazine. She wears a lot of lipstick. Really a lot …and..she leaves lipstick on my cloth napkin. My cute niece Gabi is a very fast runner with ice cream in her hands. And wow…poor living room sofa.  It’s not her fault, but you can reduce stress by using a few old tricks. Follow these easy steps for a post-party cleanup!

Lipstick on your cloth napkins:

  • Scrape off any excess lipstick with, for example, a blunt knife. Be careful not to injure yourself.
  • Check if the cloth is washable. Next, apply a small amount of liquid detergent on both sides of a lipstick stain. You can also use a pre-wash stain remover. To make this process more effective, take a slightly damp toothbrush and, starting from the outer edge of the lipstick stain move towards the centre, and work the detergent into a mild lather.
  • Rinse the stain in warm water, making sure not to rub too hard. Then, toss it into the washing machine and wash as usual with a regular detergent.

Burnt Pans

Vinegar, water, and baking soda have been used as amazing cleaners for generations. Take baking soda, vinegar, and a dish sponge. Add approximately 1/2 cup of vinegar add 2 tablespoons of baking soda and mix. Rub this paste into burnt areas of your pans and they will be sparkling again.

Red wine stains on the carpets

Again vinegar, salt or baking soda are useful.

l If you have spilt wine on your carpet, take 2 tablespoons of salt and add to 1/2 cup of white vinegar and mix. Rub the stain with this paste and leave it to dry. The stain will disappear. White vinegar and laundry detergent also might do the job. Cover the stain in white vinegar and some liquid detergent and rub. Then launder in hot water.

  • However, wine is not the only problem for carpets. There might be other stains as well. For ground-in or neglected dirt or fruit juice stains, make a paste of 1 tablespoon vinegar and 1 tablespoon starch and rub it in. Leave it for several days.

If the above tricks don’t seem to work, a professional carpet cleaner is needed. This will remove old and dry stains.

The good thing is that the mess is worth the memories. If you are too tired after your celebrations, we would love to come over and do the cleaning up for you! We also provide professional carpet cleaning.



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