7 Common Household Stains and How to Remove Them

Stain RemovalIf you look around your home it’s likely that you’ll spot one or two small stains, which whilst no-one else visiting will notice, because you’re aware of them, they always stand out as you pass. Getting rid of stains without the right stain removal products can often be a laborious and prolonged task, which still doesn’t bring about perfect results.

In an effort to help you keep your home blemish free, at BuySpares we’ve taken a look at some of the common stains within homes and provided cost effective solutions to remove them.

Red Wine:

There’s more than a good chance that you’ll have heard about using white wine to remove red wine stains upon your carpets and upholstery; but another method which works using just everyday household is to dab soda water onto the stain and then to wash away.

Whilst this is a proven method to remove red wine stains upon your carpets / upholstery; for a guaranteed clean finish, which leaves no trace of any previous stain is to use the Red Wine Stain Remover, available from BuySpares.

The natural extract is a non-bleaching, environmentally safe cleaner, which when liberally applied will lift and remove red wine stains from within your home.


If you’ve got young children, there’s a good chance that you’ll have come across a crayon stain or two within your home. Tackling such stains may often be time, as it involves not only scraping away any excess which can easily be removed, before dabbing the remaining stain with methlyated spirit on the stains.

To make the cleaning and removal of crayon stains easier, particularly on hard surfaces, at BuySpares we sell the Electrolux “Magic” Cleaning Sponge, which removes the need for detergent and makes light work of removing crayon stains from hard surfaces.

Cooking Fat:

Unlike red wine and crayon, cooking fat stains aren’t likely to leave a bright coloured mark; but such a stain will leave an unsightly blemish, such stains can be removed using bicarbonate of soda, mixed with a few drops of water to make a paste. The paste should then be spread over the stain for 30 minutes, before being washed away.

An alternative to creating your own paste using bicarbonate of soda is to use the K2R Stain Remover Spray, which is recommended for removing oil-based food stains from clothing and upholstery, guaranteed to remove grease spots and oil from a range of textiles and surfaces.

The cleaner works by creating a visible powder layer which absorbs into the stain, lifting it out of the fabric / upholstery; before brushing off when dry, and as an added benefit the spray can be used on a multitude of surfaces, including clothing, upholstery, carpets, wood, plaster and non-washable wallpaper.

Candle Wax:

From birthday candles which burn for longer than they should, through to Yankee Candle tartlets which leak, candle wax can cause stains on a range of surfaces, causing unsightly blemishes.

A traditional way to remove candle wax, particularly from carpets is to scrape away the excess wax, before placing a kitchen towel over the residue and pressing a warm iron until the paper absorbs the softened wax. Once the wax has been removed, if any colour stains have been left behind, give them a quick dab with methlyated spirit before washing away.

For an easier way in which to remove candle wax stains, without the need for an iron, is to use the K2R Stain Remover Spray, which makes light work of lifting stains out of a range of surfaces throughout the home.

Coffee / Tea:

Whether it’s your morning pick-me up or a quick cuppa before going back out, tea and coffee are staple parts of the UK diet; and as such they also account for a large number of stains within the home.

Getting rid of such stains can be done by mixing one part vinegar with two parts water, and then rubbing this into the stained area. However, using such a method will require rigorous effort on your part, when an easier solution would be to use a specialist cleaner such as the Vanish Carpet Power Foam Mousse.

The unique technology within the mousse seeks out and removes a range of dirt, wherever it may hide within your carpet; and because it is quick drying, you do not have to have the added worry of waiting for your carpets to dry.

Ink Stains:

In days gone by we will all have at some point suffered an ink stain in a pocket of a white shirt. Now imagine the frustration of such a stain appearing on your sofa, carpets or other surface within the home.

Removing such a stain can be done in a number of ways, such as using an absorbent pad to dab methylated spirits onto the marked area.

Pet Stains:

Man’s best friend, always there to great you when you get home after a long day at work with a wag of the tail; but man’s best friend is also likely to be the cause of one or two stains around your home; whether they’ve been caused by accidents in the night, or as a result of running mud through the home after a walk.

Such stains within the home can not only leave unsightly blemishes but can also leave unpleasant odours. Thankfully, removing both the stain and odour is an easy task, when you have Wellco Professional Pet Stain and Odour Remover to hand.

The cleaner will help clean and remove pet stains, leaving your carpet and upholstery fresh, stain free and smelling like new; and can be used on a range of surfaces from carpets, soft furnishings and pet beds.

Utilising such stain removal products in and around your home, will help you remove any such stains which are likely to occur, helping you to keep your house looking like a home, your carpets clean and your sofas spotless.

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