Expert’s top cleaning hacks to remove dirt, grass and chocolate stains

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Expert’s top cleaning hacks to remove dirt, grass and chocolate stains

‘s home interior expert Laura Chiddey has revealed ways to remove common stains that may have made a mark over the Easter bank holiday.

If mud has made its way onto fabricated furniture, such as the sofa, the first thing you must do is let it dry if you want to get rid of the stain.

Chiddey explained: « It’s essential that you let the mud fully dry; this will allow you to have better control over the stain. »

Once the mud mark is completely dry, Chiddey advised to scrape off the excess dirt and to vacuum any loose debris to get it clean.

« Next, create a cleaning solution by mixing one tablespoon of clear dish soap and two cups of water, » said Chiddey.

« Once you have your solution, use a sponge to gently pat the affected area until dry, repeating this process until you’re happy with the results. »

« If you have dried grass stains on the sofa, the solution is to first hoover and then « mix two teaspoons of dish soap with two cups of water ».

Using this mixture, apply the cleaning solution to the sofa using a « soft-bristled brush, such as a clean toothbrush or nail brush » to gently scrub the stain away.

Chiddey cautioned: « When using this technique be careful not to spread the stain to other areas of the furniture.

« Starting from the outer edges of the stain and working your way inward is the best practice here. »

Chiddey added: « Once you have worked the solution into the stain, leave to sit for a good 10 to 15 minutes, allowing the solution to lift stubborn stains from the upholstery’s fibres.

« Then, pat dry the affected area using a clean, dry cloth or towel, ensuring you remove any soap residue. »

The final step is to vacuum to « achieve a clean, dry and stain-free » area.

What about chocolate?

Chocolate stains need to be responded to as soon as possible, lifting any excess chocolate off the sofa with a spoon, for example.

« Avoid rubbing at all costs as this can deepen the stain into the upholstery fibres, » Chiddey advised.

Instead, a cleaning solution consisting of one teaspoon of dish soap and one cup of water is needed.

Dip a microfibre cloth into the cleaning solution, wring out any excess water, and scrub from the edge of the chocolate stain into the centre of the stain.

« Briefly leave the solution to sit on the upholstery before using a fresh microfibre cloth to remove any excess soap, » said Chiddey. « Then, pat dry with a dry microfibre cloth. »

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