Simply moisten the stain with water and sprinkle the Stain Devil powder over the stained area and work into the stain. Leave for 3 minutes, brush off the powder using a damp cloth and dab until clean.
- You will need an old pair of tights or an odd stocking, and a hoover.
- Attach part of the tight securely over the nozzle of your hoover
- Now gently clean your dusty garlands, tinsel and artificial trees.
Christmas Tree Needles
When buying a Christmas Tree it should be:
- The needles should be bright and not dry looking, and they shouldn't drop when you run your hand along the branch.
- Once you are home, leave the Christmas Tree outside or in a cool place in a bucket of water until you are ready to put it up.
- Before you put your tree up cut a few centimetres off the bottom of the trunk, this will open up the pores.
- Then put it into a stand that holds water or a bucket full of stones and water.
- Make sure the stump is always covered in with water at all times, or sap will block up the pores.
- Keep the tree away from heat sources and top up the water regularly – the tree will require one to two litres a day.
- As the tree ages, it will inevitably drop some needles, so be vigilant with your vacuum cleaner.
Removing Christmas Tree Sap Stains from Carpet
Using Alcohol to remove sap from your carpet is the most popular and quickest method, as it dries the sap and allows it to be removed. Test a small, hidden area first to ensure the alcohol does not discolour your carpet.
To remove Sap Stains from your Carpet follow these steps:
1. Dampen a soft cloth with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer (make sure hand sanitizer is not the alcohol-free type or it will not work).
2. Blot at the sap with the dampened cloth.
3. Turn to a new piece of cloth frequently to avoid reapplying the sap to the carpet fibres.
4. If the sap is deep in the fibres, it will be necessary to work the alcohol further down by massaging it gently with your fingers.
5. Blot up the loosened sap quickly with a clean cloth before the alcohol dries.
6. Repeat until the sap is removed.
7. If you are working on a large or deep area, allow the alcohol to dry between applications. Once dry, check for hard and/or sticky areas that need to be treated again.
Removing Chocolate Stains from Fabric
- Allow any clumps of chocolate to harden, then scrape away as much as possible using a spoon or dull knife.
- Apply either Laundry detergent, stain remover or soap to the stained area..
- Allow the product to soak for several minutes.
- If the stain is large or ground into the fabric, allow the stained area to soak in a bowl filled with cold water with one of the detergents/soaps.
- Launder as usual with cold water - warm or hot water as this can set the stain.
- Hang the clothing to dry completely and ensure the stain is removed before placing it in the dryer for future cleaning.