As the Christmas and New Year festivities have come to a definitive end, many will be left dealing with the clean-up from hosting messy families, rowdy guests and excitable revellers.
And it’s not as simple as sweeping up tinsel and cleaning up unsightly spills – some more persistent stains may be frustrating Britons all over.
Speaking to ITV’s This Morning, cleaning expert Lynsey Crombie offered a masterclass on how to take care of the most stubborn soils – from clumpy gravy to stick wax.
More unusual remedies include using potato peels against glass stains, and mixing oil and salt for a DIY scrubbing paste.
Speaking to ITV’s This Morning, cleaning expert Lynsey Crombie (pictured) offered a masterclass on how to take care of the most stubborn soils
The influencer also stressed a key rule – don’t go for hot water when there has been a stain, because it will set it into place.
She also gave her tips on getting rid of stubborn red wine spills, and hacking away at the grease and grime of your oven.
While gravy is a delicious addition to our turkey, it doesn’t do much when it’s on a beautiful dress or tipped onto a carpet (pictured)
While gravy is a delicious addition to our turkey, it doesn’t do much when it’s on a beautiful dress or tipped onto a carpet.
Lynsey explained that first and foremost, you should scrape away as much of the stain as you can.
If it has been left out for a while, the best tool for this is a blunt knife or a credit card.
Then, she advised using a fabric stain remover which will ‘break down enzymes’ and remove the smell.
The cleaning pro went on to share a rather unusual hack to remove glass stains. Lynsey said that rubbing the peels on the surface and then rinsing it off can help
The cleaning pro went on to share a rather unusual hack to remove glass stains.
The tip featured a rather strange, but common kitchen ingredient – potatoes.
Lynsey said that rubbing the peels on the surface and then rinsing it off can help.
Another DIY remedy is heating up some white vinegar to make it ‘slightly warm’ – but not hot – as a cleaner.
While an oven scraper works to hack away at old grime, Lynsey also said she sometimes recycles an old mascara brush to make sure she gets in the nooks and crannies
With plenty of festive candles abound during the holidays, many may have found a dripping of wax has stained their furniture or carpets.
However the cleaning guru had the perfect method by which to get rid of the stain.
Lynsey explained that this common festive season spill can be tackled in two simple ways.
When it comes to red wine, Lynsey’s tips for stain removal are fairly straight forward.
The homecare expert recommended a remover which will break up the stain, and advised to put the soiled fabric in a cold water soak after the product has started its work.
A DIY alternative is using cold water and salt – as the kitchen cupboard staple will begin to absorb the wine.
She warned against pouring white wine on top of the red stain as it doesn’t work – and simply wastes booze.
If feasible, Lynsey advised putting the stained material in the freezer for a little while.
She then suggested peeling the offending splatters off using a blunt knife.
If the freezer method isn’t possible, due to the place in which the stain can be found, she suggested a different method.
She said you should cover your surface with greaseproof paper and apply a cool heat on top, with an iron or hair dryer.
She warned that you don’t want this too hot – just warmed up enough to rub the stain off.
Bicarbonate of soda and washing up liquid make the perfect DIY paste which you can use to scrub the grease off your oven door, Lynsey said.
She advised applying it on top with a painting or make-up brush.
While an oven scraper works to hack away at old grime, Lynsey also said she sometimes recycles an old mascara brush to make sure she gets in the nooks and crannies.
Another hack was using Soda Crystals, which Lynsey demonstrated to help soak up grime and grease by simply sprinkling it on top.
FOOD REMAINS IN A PAN
If you’ve left some washing up for a little too long, you may find a rather nasty surprise of congealed food in the pan.
But the cleaning guru shared the perfect way to get rid of the mess.
Lynsey said olive and oil and some salt make for an easy, DIY paste to clean up the dishes.
Meanwhile she advised making sure to rinse away with cold water.
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