Top 26 cleaning tips and tricks

Turn your mattress regularly, clean your chopping board with lemon juice and drop a denture cleaning tablet down the toilet - just a few tricks you can learn from our handy cleaning guide.

Top 26 cleaning tips and tricks

Top 26 cleaning tips and tricks

From red wine stains to stubborn jam stains, knowing how to act in the first few moments are vital! Reading our A-Z guide cleaning guide, you might just save your carpet's life.

Top 5 stubborn stains:

  • Felt tips
  • Grass stains
  • Mud
  • Nail polish
  • Red wine

    • <strong>A is for ALLERGY</strong>

      A is for ALLERGY

      You can’t see them, but did you know there are around two million dust mites in your bedroom mattress? These pesky little blighters cause allergies. Keep them at bay by regularly turning your mattress, vacuuming and laundering bed linen at 60C or higher. Keep your bedroom temperature low, leave a window open at night and air the room in the morning if possible.
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    • <strong>B is for BICARBONATE OF SODA</strong>


      Are you sensitive to cleaning chemicals? Try bicarbonate of soda (baking soda). It works well on stainless steel, sinks and bath tubs. It even helps to deodorise trainers smelly trainers. Top tip – minimise fridge odours by removing top from baking soda and placing it on shelf (stir occasionally).
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    • <strong>C is for CHOPPING BOARD</strong>

      C is for CHOPPING BOARD

      You should have two chopping boards in your kitchen – one for meat and one for vegetables. Scrub with hot soapy water and rinse under boiling water. Top tip - remove strong odours such as garlic and onion by squeezing lemon juice onto the board and then wipe with a damp cloth.
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    • <strong>D is for DENTURE-CLEANING TABLETS</strong>


      These are handy for cleaning more than just false teeth! For a sparkling toilet pan just drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets in the bowl, wait 20 minutes and then flush. Top tip - dissolve a couple of tablets in the kettle overnight. These loosen the limescale and you can wipe it off with a paper towel in the morning – rinse well afterwards.
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    • <strong>E is for ENAMEL</strong>

      E is for ENAMEL

      Porcelain enamel is a glass surface fused to a metal base commonly used as a material for sinks and bath tubs. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and washing-up liquid solution or an anti-bacterial spray cleaner. Avoid limescale cleaner as this can cause damage. Top tip - use baking powder for a thorough clean.
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    • <strong>F is for FELT-TIP PENS</strong>

      F is for FELT-TIP PENS

      Blot first with dry paper. On carpet and washable fabrics apply a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirits. Dab gently, trying not to spread. Blot firmly with paper towels until the colour stops lifting. Rinse with cold water and then work White Wizard into remaining traces, leave and then blot again with dry towels. Lastly blot with water.
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    • <strong>G is for GRASS STAINS</strong>

      G is for GRASS STAINS

      Act as quickly as possible by rubbing White Wizard into the area and blot with light paper towels to remove as much stain as possible. Reapply and then machine wash. Adjust machine temperatures depending on fabric type. Top tip – for grass stains on white trainers apply WD-40 and wipe clean.
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    • <strong>H is for HOB</strong>

      H is for HOB

      Clean your hob after each use when stains are most easily removed. For glass-topped hobs wipe up any spills straight away to avoid lasting damage. Purchase specialised hob cleaner and for really stubborn stains it’s worth investing in a hob scraper. Dismantle gas rings and clean separately in hot soapy water with a nylon pad.
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    • <strong>I is for ICE CUBES</strong>

      I is for ICE CUBES

      If you have a problem with chewing gum or candle wax in your carpet, try dabbing an ice cube against the offending article and then leave for a minute. The sticky problem should become frozen and be easier to break off. Top tip – if you get chewing gum on clothing, put the whole item in the freezer.
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    • <strong>J is for JAM STAINS</strong>

      J is for JAM STAINS

      Act immediately by gently removing as much of the offending jam stain as you can with a smooth-edge butter knife. Use White Wizard to spot-treat the affected area and then blot the stain with white paper towels, rinse with cool water and blot dry.
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    • <strong>K is for KITCHEN SINK</strong>

      K is for KITCHEN SINK

      Remove limescale deposits by rubbing half a lemon over the surface, leave for a few minutes and then rinse. Distilled white vinegar is another alternative, just rub on with paper towels and leave for a few hours – then rinse and dry. Remove rust marks from stainless steel sinks by rubbing with lighter fluid.
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    • <strong>L is for LEATHER FURNITURE</strong>


      Regular vacuuming and a wipe over with damp cloth does the trick for keeping leather furniture looking fresh. For a more thorough cleanse, apply saddle soap and then remove with a moist towel as the residue can attract dirt. Leather is expensive, so always check manufacturer’s instructions first!
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    • <strong>M is for MUD</strong>

      M is for MUD

      Pre-treat stained clothes with a stain removal bar before washing, and use methylated spirit (available from chemists) on persistent mud stains. On carpet, allow mud stains to dry then simply vacuum them up. You may need to use a stiff brush to loosen the dried mud first.
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    • <strong>N is for NAIL POLISH</strong>

      N is for NAIL POLISH

      Nail polish is almost impossible to remove once dried – dry cleaners are your last hope. If the spill is small, act immediately by dabbing with a cotton bud dampened with nail polish remover until stain is removed. Follow the same instructions for carpets, if traces remain try snipping affected area carefully with scissors.
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    • <strong>O is for OVEN</strong>

      O is for OVEN

      Wipe inside the oven after each use – for stubborn stains use full-strength cleaner. An easy way of keeping your oven tidy is to lay a sheet of aluminium foil in the bottom and discard and replace when dirty. To save yourself some elbow grease run the oven shelves through the dishwasher on a hot wash.
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    • <strong>P is for POLLEN</strong>

      P is for POLLEN

      Do not rub! This will just make matters worse. Use a piece of sticky tape to gently lift off as much pollen as possible. Normal laundering should remove any remaining marks. For stains on carpet, cover remaining traces with White Wizard and blot with white paper towels. Rinse by dabbing with clean damp towels and then blot dry.
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    • <strong>R is for RED WINE</strong>

      R is for RED WINE

      Don’t rub salt into the stain! Red wine contains tannin and will set permanently if salt is applied. Flush the affected area with soda water and blot up as much moisture as you can with clean white cloths/paper towels. On carpets spray the affected area with Wine Away and treat as instructed.
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    • <strong>S is for SHOWER CURTAINS</strong>

      S is for SHOWER CURTAINS

      To avoid mould and mildew stains, use a nylon shower curtain that can be machine washed regularly. Wash with a large bath towel and biological washing powder and to avoid creasing, remove the curtain before the spin cycle and hang to dry. For non-machine-washable curtains, soak in ¼ bleach ¾ water solution.
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    • <strong>T is for TEA STAINS</strong>

      T is for TEA STAINS

      Apply a solution of bicarbonate of soda and water to a tea-stained carpet. This also works on white cups and discoloured teaspoons. For tea on clothes, use white vinegar. This method may need to be repeated a few times to completely remove all traces of the stain.
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    • <strong>U is for UPHOLSTERY</strong>

      U is for UPHOLSTERY

      Regular vacuuming (minimum once a week) and simply shaking the cushions and seat pads into shape each evening will be rewarded with years of extra wear out of our sofas. To remove pet hair, dampen a chamois leather, wring it out and rub gently across the fabric.
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    • <strong>V is for VACUUMING</strong>

      V is for VACUUMING

      Vacuuming is the quickest way to freshen up your home. Don't forget to check your vacuum bags - they should be emptied/replaced when 2/3 full. For a fresh, no-footprint pattern on your carpet, use slow, repetitive front-to-back motions in an overlapping sequence moving slightly to the side after every four strokes.
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    • <strong>W is for WASHING MACHINE</strong>

      W is for WASHING MACHINE

      Treat your washing machine well and you will be rewarded. To avoid flooding, keep the drain filter clean – remove all fluff and stray coins – and fines out any deposits from the detergent drawer. Once a while run the machine empty without any detergent to give it a good rinse.
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    • <strong> Z is for ZOO</strong>

      Z is for ZOO

      We can’t think of anything beginning with Z, so ‘Zoo’ stands for ‘pets’. Use tape wrapped around your hands to remove animal hair off upholstery and clothes. Ease pet smells by sprinkling bicarbonate of soda onto bedding and carpets, then vacuum. You can even apply this to your cat or dog’s fur – although you should brush out rather than vacuum off!
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