Archives: December 2016

With the Christmas and Hanukkah holidays just passed and New Years just around the corner, you can rest assured with the hustle and bustle, messes will have occur and stains will blemish the surfaces in your home. Today, we at AAA Cleanco have compiled some common stains that take place and some tips on how to remove them.
 

How to Remove Gravy & Grease Stains from Tablecloths, Carpet & Clothes

With a spoon, be sure to scoop up the bulk of the gravy. Absorb the remaining residue with a paper towel. Do not rub vigorously, only dab at the stain so it doesn’t set deep into the fibers. Gently massage a pinch of dishwashing soap into the carpet. Rinse the stain away well by flushing the area with water in a squirt bottle; this process will lift the gravy along with grease. Pre-treat the remaining stain with a laundry pre-wash stain remover. With a clean, damp cloth pat up the stain after about 30 minutes. If the stain was dark and deep, an enzyme cleaner should be applied and follow labels instructions.
 

How to Remove Dried Red Wine Stains from Couches, White Jeans & Other Clothes

Immediately blot the spill with paper towels or clean absorbent cloths. After the majority of the surface moisture has been absorbed, take a new cloth or paper towel and stand on the area to pull up residing liquid at the bottom. With a spray bottle, apply clean, cold water to the stain, but do not over saturate. Continue to blot with dry paper towels or cloth. In a bucket combine 1 TBS dishwashing liquid, 1 TBS white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water. Dampen a clean cloth with the mixture and apply small amounts to the stain. (Too much mixture will be difficult to rinse so it is easier contained by sponging on small doses as needed.) Blot with a dry cloth as you go to lift the stain. Once the stain has been lifted, rinse with clean water spray bottle, and pat dry with a clean towel. To ensure dryness, place a few dry, clean paper towels to the dampened area and place a heavy object on top. Allow to sit over night for optimum drying.
 

How to Remove Blood Stains from Mattresses, Bed Sheets & Upholstery

Begin by blotting the stain quickly. Always blot when attending this stain, as scrubbing could cause the stain to set deeper in the fibers. With paper towels, blot as much moisture as possible; blot from the outside towards the center as this will help contain the stain and prevent spreading. With a clean spray bottle apply cold clean water. Blot to remove additional liquid. In a separate spray bottle mix accordingly; for wool; 1 tsp mild, non-alkali detergent with 1 cup of water; synthetic fibers; 2 TBS household ammonia, with 1 cup cold water; oriental; 1 part white vinegar with 2 parts cold water. Spray the appropriate cleaning solution to the stain. Blot with a clean cloth until there is no residue on the cloth. You will need to change out the clean cloth often so make sure you have plenty before you begin. Repeat until the stain is removed. Rinse with the following solution in a spray bottle; 2-6 drops mild, non-alkali dish detergent to1 cup cold water. Blot once again with clean, dry cloth. Rinse a final time with plain clean water. Blot till near dry and allow to air dry.
 

How to Remove Red Cranberry Sauce & Juice Stains

Scrape away excess with spoon or dulled edge. Combine 1 TBS white vinegar, 1/2 tsp dishwashing detergent and 1 quart cool water. Sponge on to stain and allow it to soak in 15 minutes. Rinse away with clean water from spray bottle. If a faded stain remains, apply rubbing alcohol from a clean cloth and dab at stain until the stain has dissipated.
 

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Preparing your home for the holidays is always a fun treat. Bringing down the storage bins and discovering forgotten treasures pertaining to the holiday you celebrate is truly an event many look forward to. Putting away the decorations, however, is another story. No matter if you celebrate Chanukah or Christmas, or something in between, tucking away the holiday decor, cleaning, and getting your home back in everyday order can seem overwhelming. Where the sweeping, dusting and cleaning might seem second nature, figuring out how to store your decorations for another year might be a challenge.
 

Tips for Cleaning & Organizing Christmas Decorations

We at AAA Cleanco would like to offer some tips and advice on for organizing, cleaning, and storing your holiday décor.
1. Artificial tree storage. For those who opted out of live trees to avoid the sappy, needle mess, investing in an artificial tree is well worth it, especially if you take steps to properly maintain and store your tree, they can last for quite a few years. What you have to remember is that artificial trees are heavy, and for those that attempt to do this project alone, you might find you are using muscles not normally used. Tuck your tree in an artificial tree storage bag and tuck it in a safe place in the garage where it is out of the way and not exposed to any potential harm. For ease, some storage bags are equipped with wheels, especially beneficial for those who put everything away alone.
2. Tangle-free light storage. Detangling lights is probably the worst part about holiday decorating. Taking the added time to straighten out each strand is time better spent making the home cozy. Look for the tangle-free storage cases that make rolling the lights a breeze, or if you are on a budget or under time constraints, use heavy duty coat hangers to help keep the tangled lights a distant memory. If you use hangers, a nice tip is place a sheet of cardboard in between the layers to further organize your lights, and to hinder the entanglement.
3. Ornament storage. With the many options you have to store your ornaments, finding the one most suited for your circumstances is breeze. Boxes and chests are good old fashion bubble wrap is ideal and can be stored easily. A helpful suggestion to make organization, and the following year simpler, is to print out the contents of the ornaments onto an index card, and tape them to the exterior storage case for easy identification.
5. Villages & collectibles. If possible, store all fragile decorations in their original boxes, with their Styrofoam casing. Be sure to stack the heaviest on the bottom of the bin and the lightest on top. If original boxes have been tossed or deteriorated with time, wrap them up in bubble wrap, and do not over group them in boxes.
4. Gift wrapping paraphernalia. Obtaining a hanging organizer, or a roll under the bed storage kit where it easy accessible might be your preference for those that need to wrap up gifts all year long. Keeping everything conveniently together helps avoid the searching game.
6. Utilize elevated storage space. There are elevated storage kits available that can help you store your bins and boxes out of the way without sacrificing floor or shelf space. These kits are often associated with garage spaces.
7. Store the extras. Pick up a storage box and organize the extra hooks, zip ties, ornament repair parts, and other little related goodies for easy finding and tidy storage.
8. Fabric décor. Vacuum storage bags are a great way to store holiday fabrics such as; tree skirts, table clothes, chair covers, stockings, and other such holiday décor constructed of fabrics.
 

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