Donít cry over spilt coffee
AS the days get more nippy and the mercury plunges further, the temptation to tuck oneself into the cosy comfort of oneís bed with a cup of piping hot tea or coffee is strong. With the intake of these hot brews on the rise in winter months the chances of being faced with tea spills on bed sheets or coffee stains on upholstery and carpets when serving guests are much more. Instead of crying over spilt coffee, it will be wise to prepare yourself to tackle these spills as soon as they occur.
Coffee on linen
White linen and colour-fast clothes can be rid of coffee and tea stains by using the boiling water method. Stretch the soiled part of the fabric over a basin or tub. Sprinkle the stain with a little detergent or dry borax. Pour boiling water through the stained part from a height of two to three feet. Rinse thoroughly.
Bleach can also be used to
remove coffee and tea stains from white cotton linen or clothes. Never
use it on fabrics that run colour.
Stains on varnished surfaces
To remove coffee or tea stains from varnished surfaces, rub with glycerine solution. Leave a moment, then wipe off with a dry cloth.
Black coffee spills on carpet
Attack the trouble spot as soon as you notice it. The longer the stain is left on the rug or carpet the greater the chances are of the stain setting.
Remove all excess wet or dry material before attempting to clean. Blot wet materials using a towel. Vacuum excess dry materials or gently scrape up materials with a spoon.
Mix 1/2 tsp. of detergent into 1 cup of warm water. Apply a small amount, blot and repeat until the stain is removed. Be patient. Do not scrub the carpet as this may distort the texture of the pile.
Press down a towel on the spot repeatedly to absorb the stain material and detergent.
Once the stain is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water; blot with a dry towel until all moisture is removed.
If the spot or stain turns brownish when dry, mix 1 part white vinegar and two parts water. Apply a small amount and blot. Repeat only once.
Glycerine is the answer for dry stains
Loosen dried stains with glycerine solution. If the stain is fresh and hasnít set, use the sponging and blotting method, as mentioned above, to remove the marks.
Be quick to contain that tea stain
Blot wet materials using a towel. Vacuum excess dry materials or gently scrape up materials with a spoon.
Mix 1/2 tsp. of dish washing soap or fine fabric detergent into 1 cup of warm water.
Apply a small amount, blot or tamp and repeat until the stain is removed. Cover the stain with the towel and press down repeatedly to absorb the stain material and detergent.
Once the stain is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water; blot with a dry white towel until all moisture is removed. Repeat this process several .
When the stain gets set or it turns brownish, mix 1 part white vinegar and two parts water. Apply a small amount and blot. Repeat only once. But test this method on a hidden part of the rug first.
ó Chetna Banerjee