Top Tip: How to Remove a Red Wine Stain

If you are looking to find out how to remove a red wine stain, it can often be very difficult to fully remove. To do so we would suggest forgetting the common myth of salt as it doesn’t help to the extent required for such a visible red stain, we would instead suggest the following steps.

Firstly, blot as much as possible with kitchen towel. Following this, soak the red wine stain with sparkling or soda water, and then blot again. Repeat this process a number of times, then sponge the red wine stain with soapy water and blot dry again. If blotting is not enough, wash as normal. If the red wine stain is on a carpet however, and appears to resist removal, go on to clean with carpet shampoo and rinse well. If it is still present though we would recommend a professional carpet cleaning company is hired to ensure any visible stain is eradicated.

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How to Remove Lipstick Stains

The key to removing lip stick stains and marks is to scrape off as much as you can with a blunt knife. The next step is to rub fabric against fabric with a touch of soap or washing-up liquid to start off with, and then wash the garment as usual. If the lip stick stain persists, try a proprietary stain remover. Another cleaning tip is to dab non-washable fabrics with methylated spirits. If all else fails, a simple tip is to try using petroleum jelly on lipstick marks before they go in the wash.

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Driveway Cleaning Tips

In order to maintain a well cared for and clean driveway it is important that is maintained and cleaned regularly. Cleaning a driveway effectively is a relatively easy task and the following driveway cleaning tips ensure the best outcome for your driveway whether it is block paved or concrete.

Advised Tools & Materials:

- Gardening gloves.
- Sand (for use on block paving)
- A hard brush.
- Soapy water.
- A jet wash / pressure washer.
- Driveway cleaner.

Stage 1: Weeding.

- First remove the weeds growing through concrete by hand.

- To limit the regrowth deposit sand in the cracks and joints where the brickettes may be broken.

- Wipe the floor with a brush and soapy water. If it is dirty, it must then proceed to the next stage of the drive cleaning process.

Stage 2: Washing.

- On a clean surface effective follow-up with a pressure washer on the driveway. Be careful not to point the jet wash nozzle too close to the brickettes as this may permanently mark or cause damage.

Stage 3: Cleaner Application.

- Apply a suitable cleaner to keep the driveway clean and free from residues. Be careful with chemical stripper as this can tend to damage the surrounding plants and trees.

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Stone Flooring Cleaning & Polishing Tips

Business premises with large open spaces often have an ample amount of open space often have a vast marble or stone floor which more often than not is not adequately cleaning. A mop and bucket unfortunately does not cut it and can reduce (rather than help) the condition of commercial stone floors.

Therefore the following stone flooring polishing and cleaning tips can help ensure you get the best colour and shine from your floor:

The cleaning of a stone or marble floor should always start with a rinse of distilled water mixed with soap and carefully scrubbed with a scrubbing brush.

If the stone flooring is has a deep stain it is possible to use a more abrasive treatment in the form of a special stone floor treatment applied with a damp cloth. By working smoothly in a circular motion and rotation this stone floor treatment can be used to restore the stone floor to a ‘like new’ condition.

Once cleaning has been complete the stone or marble should always be rinsed with distilled water and dried immediately with a towel. After the floor has been allowed to fully dry naturally at room temperature (21degrees) it is possible to apply a layer of beesmax on top of the floor. An additional coat may be applied the day after and buffed to give a quality, professional looking sheen to your floors furthermore this helps to prolong the life of the floor and reduce time between cleans.

Alternatively, we offer access to professional cleaning services including marble and stone flooring polishing, contact us today for more information.

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Removing Ink from Carpets

A common issue we see here at Protech Cleaning is the spillage of ink on to office carpets. While more commonly office carpets are dark and the unsightly stains associated with ink spills are hard to see, dependent on the size or type of the spill it can often lead to a very apparent stain – which can look unprofessional.

Removing ink stains from carpets as well as a range of fabrics can be a difficult task. However, we often recommend a home remedy for removing ink stains for carpets of salt, dissolved in water, with a small amount of lemon juice. By massaging this mixture into the ink stain and carefully washing out the stain with an absorbent material such as a towel.

Finally, allow the stained area to dry naturally (where possible in the sun) and this should once left dry with no trace of ink spots. Should there still be traces of the stain, or a faint outline, try the cleaning process again until all of ink stain has been removed.

Again, at Protech Cleaning we have experience of professional carpet cleaning services removing ink stains and other hard to remove stains in carpets and carpet tiles. Contact us today for more information our professional carpet cleaning services.

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Condensation Prevention

Condensation can be a large problem for offices due to the heat extremes experienced from night to day, and is often prevelant on the walls and windows in offices with a large amount of glass. It can limit the lifespan of window frames and ledges and while cleaning is an everyday occurence, prevention is the best measure to reduce condensation. Our top 3 tips are below.

To prevent this problem, we would recommend that the walls are firstly insulated well and that where possible the windows are high quality double glazing as this trapped layer of air in the glazing can help to minimise condensation build up.

Secondly it is vital to have a very well ventilated rooms with a fan (if required) where severe cases of condensation occur.

Thirdly, condensation can be attributed – as we mentioned – to sudden temperature changes; thus it is important to maintain a constant temperature in the offices. Therefore putting heating on/off during out of office and working hours will ensure the office space is at a steady temperature helping minimise the vapour in the room.

For more information on cleaning your workplace, we would recommend our preferred partner Newlife Cleaning Systems who specialise in all aspects of office cleaning for a range of commmercial companies.

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Tips for Cleaning Leather

In order to clean your leather furniture it is important to first remove dust using a clean cloth or vacuum cleaner. Once this is completed it is vital to ensure the leather is fully moisturised at least once a year. To do so cover the leather with a special leather repair lotion or oil. Once this has been applied and allowed to be absorbed, ensuring the furniture will not dry out.

For lighter leathers, you can moisturize it with petroleum jelly. You can also use shoe polish, although ensure it is not wax.

Lastly, for hard to remove leather stains use the following prepare 600 ml of water with 25 ml of vinegar and 8 ml of ammonia. Use a sponge to rub the stain and then apply castor oil to the stains on the leather. For harder to remove stains add some additional turpentine to the mixture; until it is removed.

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