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Ways to Get Rid of Household Stains

by Wendy Moreira 07/14/2019

Finding a stain on a cherished piece of household furniture can be infuriating. Removing stains can become difficult when not treated properly and promptly. Keep your furniture always looking as good as new with these helpful stain eliminating tips.

Food stains on furniture

Every once in a while dinner is eaten on the comfort of your couch. While this can be a relaxing evening habit, it also puts your furnishings at risk for unwanted stains. Every kind of fabric will require different treatment for blemishes, but here are a few common ones. 

  • Untreated Leather- Cover the stain with a few spoonfuls of baking soda. Use your fingers to blot it into the affected area. Once baking soda is applied, let it sit for 15 minutes and then use your vacuum to remove the powder. Be sure to utilize the brush attachment on your vacuum head to brush off most of the residue.
  • Cotton or Linen- Mix together one tablespoon of white vinegar and two-thirds cup of rubbing alcohol in a bowl. Dip a sponge into the liquid and blot it onto the affected area. Let the treatment sit for a few minutes then wipe clean with a cloth until mixture is absorbed.
  • Microfiber- To clean this material, you'll only need a bottle of Windex and a clean rag. Spray the Windex onto the affected area and scrub the fabric with a brush or sponge. Let it sit for a few brief minutes and then wipe it dry with a clean rag.

Water rings on wood

When a guest comes over, it can be challenging to monitor if they are using a coaster on your wooden furniture. Placing glasses with moisture can result in an unattractive white ring leaving evidence where the beverage once sat. Remove this stain with this simple solution. Place a dry rag over the affected area. Then, place a hot iron (with no steam) over the cloth and let it sit there for one minute. Once you remove the iron and rag, your wood should be as good as new.

Carpet Stains

Removing stains from your carpet or rug may seem like a day’s work, but with three simple ingredients, you’ll have a fresh looking floor in no time. For this task, you’ll need an empty plastic spray bottle. Mix together two ounces of hydrogen peroxide, one ounce of dawn dish soap, and two tablespoons of baking soda. Add the contents to the spray bottle and shake to combine the ingredients. Spray the stained surface and let sit until the area is completely dry. Lastly, run your vacuum over the treated area for a finished result. 

Getting rid of most household stains does not require expensive products or services. Most of the solutions can be found right in your kitchen cabinet. Share these helpful tips with friends and family during your next dinner party accident.

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Wendy Moreira

QUALITY OF LIFE

Quality of life is one of the reasons my husband and I moved our family from Pebble Beach, California to the beautiful Carson Valley in 1997. That move for us was exciting, challenging and has been extremely rewarding in all aspects of our lives.  

Regardless of your real estate needs or what stage of your life you are enjoying, I would love to show you around the Carson Valley and share with you all of the reasons it is such an incredible and very special place to live. It would be my pleasure to help you find your new "forever home" here in the Carson Valley so that you too can enhance the quality of your life and wake each morning to the breathtaking views of the Sierra.   

My Mission

In 2003 I became a licensed real estate agent in Nevada and since that time my commitment to my clients and my career in real estate has been 110%.

Each and every day I am committed to working diligently on behalf of my clients and customers, helping them to achieve their real estate objectives and dreams whether they are selling their current home or buying their new “forever” home.  

My goal is to make every real estate transaction an exciting, trouble free experience, keeping you informed each step of the way through the buying or selling process and hopefully having a bit of fun along the way.  

I am dedicated to representing my clients in a straight-forward, honest and professional manner. To providing true comprehensive customer service, strong representation and excellent agent/client communication.

As your agent I provide in depth knowledge of the local neighborhoods, current information on the ever changing real estate market and strong negotiating skills.

Accomplishments

100% Club awards, Executive Club Awards, RE/MAX Hall of Fame Award, RE/MAX Platinum Club Award. 

Qualifications, Experience and Affiliations: 

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Member of the Nevada Real Estate Division since 2003. Member of Sierra Nevada Realtors and National Association of REALTORS®. SFR® Short Sale and Foreclosure Expert designation. 

Education

Attended Santa Barbara City College and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in Administration of Justice. Prior to becoming a licensed REALTOR I worked for the Douglas County School District in Gardnerville and I am a former Police Officer with the City of Santa Barbara.