...and how to lift them.
So reads the title of a little blurb in May 2010's issue of Real Simple magazine. On page 210 they give tips for the following three "spirit-crushing stains," and--in the spirit of 'this is as good a place as any for me to file something'--I post them here for my (and possibly your) future reference.
Let's hope we actually never need them!
Courtesy of Real Simple magazine, May 2010 edition:
A GUEST SPILLED RED WINE ON YOUR WHITE SOFA
1) Immediately blot and reblot with a cool, damp sponge until no more color comes out. (You can do the rest after the guests leave.)
2) Spray with a mixture of equal parts water and 3% hydrogen peroxide (first test of colorfastness).
3) Let sit for a few minutes, then blot with a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water. Blot again with a damp cloth. (Linen, silk, velvet, and wool sofas should be professionally cleaned.)
THE CAT PEED ON THE LIVING-ROOM RUG
1) Layer a few cotton cloths over the stain, cover with a plastic bag, and top with a couple of heavy books to soak up the liquid. Repeat until the cloths are no longer wetting through.
2) Apply an enzyme-based cleaner, such as Nature's Miracle ($8.50, drugstore.com), to an area twice as big as the stain.
3) Let sit for five minutes, then blot. Next, spray with equal parts white vinegar and water and let sit for 15 minutes; rinse with water and blot.
THE KIDS LEFT A PERMANENT MARKER SPOT ON A WOOD TABLE
1) Using a soft cloth, rub in a lemon oil-based furniture polish, going with the grain. Repeat.
2) Spot still there? Use a cotton swab to dab rubbing alcohol onto the stain; rub with a cloth.
3) Wait five minutes; blot and repeat. Follow with furniture polish to restore moisture to the wood.
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