Grease stains is a common problem faced by cyclists. The key to having a great cycle to travel around town, is maintenance. Keeping the bicycle oiled can often cause an oily mess. Tackle those ugly stains with our handy advice.
Shoe Polish is known to contain pigment and oils, well, Bicycle grease stains are very similar to that.
As a general advice you can scrape off any solid pieces with a blunt knife. When specific fabrics are involved, follow these instructions:
Carpeted area: The carpet often bears the brunt of an assortment of stains in almost every household. Use clean paper towels to blot after applying a couple of drops of WD-40 on the areas in question. Try to leave an interval of 30 seconds after you apply the WD-40. Following this you can work your way from out to in and just gently dab at the affected area. You can keep repeating this process until the stain has been removed. You can also use White Wizard to cleanse the carpet of any remaining colour traces. If there is a mark or two, apply the product and then leave it be for a couple of minutes. The start dabbing the areas with a paper towels. After the stain has been removed completely. Use a clean cloth to dry.
Fabrics: For fabrics the process is depends upon the size of the stain itself. If it is a deep stain follow the same process you did for the carpet. Follow it up with a treatment of Stain Devils No. 3 to remove any traces of the previous product used. Machine wash as usual at the end before you wear. If the grease stain is quite small initially, then all you have to do is to rub a little liquid detergent and wash for instant results.
Statistics provided by Mintel indicate that people spend about 4 and three quarter hours to clean their homes. If you want to spend your time outside, instead of giving your house an extra clean like most Brits do, then follow these tips to half the time required.
- Increase the Frequency
Cleaning as you go, can be the hardest thing to do for a lot of folks. If you are able to wipe down the kitchen after each cooking session, rinse the sink after every cleaning session then you will have much less to do later on. Equip the bathroom with a squeegee to wipe down shower doors, tiles and basically anything that is exposed to moisture.
Hang a cloth around too so that you can mop large amounts of water on the go. Constantly use an anti-bacterial to wipe door handles so that everything is spic and span. You need to stay organized to make the process quicker so keep boxes and tools in the living rooms and playrooms so that everything can be put back in a tidy manner.
Clean from the top to the bottom so that it’s not counterproductive. Instead of tackling the cleaning task one room after another. Try to work on a single task at a time and always leave the vacuuming and mopping to the end.
- Prevention is better than cure
Simple steps can be taken to ensure your home is not dirty in the first place. Simple tasks like taking off your shoe before you enter, ensuring the shower plug hole is equipped with a drain cover etc. Doormats need to be strategically placed so that one is outside as well as inside the front door. Make sure your toaster is devoid of crumbs at all times, this can prove to be unhealthy if not paid attention to. These quintessential steps will prevent dirt from entering your home initially.
- Kitchen odour
This is a fairly common problem in most households. Ensure you stock up on bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice. This will help keep things like your dishwasher, oven and stove devoid of odour.
- Great tools
If keeping your house clean is important to you, don’t be afraid to spend and change that powerless vacuum cleaner that barely sucks any dirt out of the carpet. You must also remember to regularly empty the bags so that the vacuum works efficiently. Make sure other appliances like steam cleaners, dishwashers and washing machines are also well maintained and functioning well.