Secrets from the Cleaners: Make Valentine’s Day Cleanup a Breeze

by charmclean - February 9, 2017

Valentine’s Day Cleaning Tips – by CharmClean

 

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Don’t forget to make the night extra special for your significant other. There are many ways to spice up your Valentine’s day, but do you know how to clean up the mess afterwards? Before you kiss Valentine’s Day goodbye, check out these tips to bring the charm back to your home!

Candle Wax

Candles provide an ambiance unlike any other, and they will surely be appreciated on Valentine’s Day! Uh-Oh… your candle dripped wax all over the furniture! First, wait until it cools before you touch it! You want your Valentine’s Day to be hot, but not to burn you! Once it’s cooled, use a blunt knife or credit card to scrape the wax off of the surface. If it’s fabric, be careful not to tear it.

Next, use a blow dryer on medium heat to soften the wax. Wipe away the wax as it softens. Once the wax is removed, use soapy water to remove any remaining residue. All done!

To prevent this next time, put your candles in the freezer! They will burn much slower and drip less, making the clean up after your next romantic rendezvous much easier! 

Rose Petals

Rose petals are a perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day, and they are sure to make your night a little more special. Picture this: you’ve left a trail from the door to the bedroom, and then sprinkled them up onto the bed, but when it’s time to clean up, your fresh rose petals have stained the carpet and bed spread! Uh-oh!

Get the sheets and bed spread into the washer as soon as possible! Use a heavy wash cycle with warm water and your favorite stain remover. The longer the stain sits, the more difficult it will be to remove.

As far as your carpets, mix one tablespoon of vinegar or dish soap with two cups of cold water. Use a sponge to blot the affected areas until the stain is lifted. Then, use a clean sponge or towel to blot the area dry! Viola! No more rose petal stains!

Chocolate

Unless you’re using M&M’s, chocolate does in fact melt in your hand… or on any other surface! Oh no… If you find chocolate stains around your house after leaving Kisses everywhere for your significant other, use these tips to clean it up!

First, scrape away any hardened chocolate that you can. If the chocolate is on a small item, you may want to place the item in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, which will make the scraping much easier. If the chocolate stain is on furniture or upholstery, gently sponge the stain using 1 tablespoon of dish soap mixed with 2 cups of cold water.

Lastly, for clothing with chocolate stains, pre-treat your garment, use a heavy wash cycle, and get it in the washer as soon as possible!

Red Wine

Red Wine is certainly a crowd favorite for Valentine’s Day. Unfortunately, it will always find a way to spill and stain your favorite items. Luckily, there’s a few suggestions for removing red wine stains:

First, quickly soak up as much of the wine as you can with a towel or paper towel. If the stain is on an item you can wash (table cloth/clothing), sprinkle salt on the stain to slow the setting, and pour soda water on the stain. This will help lift the stain out of the item. Then place the item in the wash and launder as normal.

If the red wine got into your carpet, mix a tablespoon of dish soap or vinegar with 2 cups of cold water and sponge the area until the stain is lifted. Then, blot the area dry with a clean sponge or towel.

 

With these tips, hold your head high and go into Valentine’s Day unafraid of fresh rose petals, chocolate treats, and red wine stains. Let your significant other and your romance be the focus of your Valentine’s Day, and don’t fret about the next day’s clean up! Don’t forget, if you need any help with maid services in DC, check out CharmClean today!