Don’t Let It Leave a Mark: 3 Stubborn Household Stains and How to Remove Them

Spots, stains, deposit smudges, smears, and fingerprints—most of these are regular features in households, especially if there are children and pets at home. These things can spoil the beauty of your home, especially the walls, carpets, and woodwork.

Here are some of the most annoying and stubborn household stains and how to remove them:

Stains from Permanent Markers

Sponge and dishwashing liquid on countertopDon’t panic when your toddler draws all over the off-white kitchen walls with some Sharpies. Permanent markers are not as permanent as you think—try dishwashing liquid to remove the stains. Use a sponge with an abrasive side and scrub off as much as you can, but Barker Whittle says this may lead to abrasions that you might need to repaint later on.

It may seem frustrating to repaint those walls, but look at the brighter side: maybe you really need to change your kitchen colour scheme. There are many guides available on the Internet; it’s up to you to choose one that is child-friendly and will match your home perfectly.

Pet Stains

Despite all the benefits of owning a pet, sometimes cats, dogs, and other household animals ruin the cleanliness and overall beauty of your home. There are about 33 million pets in Australia, and even the most well-trained ones occasionally get sick and vomit on the carpet. Some cannot even wait until you take them outside to go potty.

Remove all the solids using cleaners, and use a sponge doused in a mixture of mild non-alkali detergent and lukewarm water. Blot the stain. Repeat the process until the carpet is clean.

Coffee Stains

Coffee contains “tannins” or compounds containing hydroxyl acids, glucosides, and phenolic acids, which leave brown discolorations on walls, carpets, floors, and clothes. To remove coffee stains, soak the affected part with a mixture of water, white vinegar, and laundry detergent. Blot dry using a clean white cloth until the stain disappears.

If the coffee contains cream, sugar, or milk, pre-treat the area using an enzyme laundry detergent.

It can get frustrating to get those stubborn stains out, but with the right tools in your bag, you can remove them and make your walls, floors, and ceilings good as new.

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