If you have a roof over your head, there’s plenty of fabric to be found in your residence. From couches to curtains, it’s everywhere. Your dearest youngster is well aware of this, too. In this part of our series, we will go over some helpful suggestions on what to do when your little one gets creative in those areas. Allons-Y!
If your couch has been colored on with crayons, you will want to scrape as much off as possible with either your fingernail or a dull butterknife, using little pressure so as not to damage the fabric. Then with a clean, damp cloth, add on a little dish soap until it’s good and foamy and work into the crayon. When it’s all up, simply blot off with a separate damp cloth and let air dry.
Marker can be a little more difficult, and unfortunately if it’s not cleaned pretty quickly it’s likely there to stay. But if you catch your child’s fresh art, some rubbing alcohol on a damp cloth should do the trick. Be sure to blot instead of rub it in, which can just spread the marker around.
Sticker residue will stay on pretty much anything, your fabric is no exception. This one is pretty simple though, and calls for one of my favorite things in the world: olive oil! Simply dab a little bit on the area with your finger, let sit for a few minutes, and blot away with a clean, damp cloth with a little bit of dish soap to completely remove the oil. Blot again with another part of the cloth that doesn’t have soap on it, let air dry. If you don’t have olive oil, try These Other Options From E-How. But really, you need olive oil in your life. Go get some!
4. Food Stains
Food stains can be tricky, but if you have dish soap and vinegar in your home, and you catch it quickly, you should be ok for most types. For a juice stain, try using a mixture of equal parts dish soap and vinegar. Gently rub into the area and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then blot off with a clean, damp towel until all product is gone, and let air dry. If it’s a red sauce stain (such as spaghetti,) the most important part is to NOT use hot water, as it will set the stain. In a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 2 tablespoons, and the rest with cold water, spray the area generously. Let sit for about 30 minutes and blot off with a clean, damp towel. Repeat until the stain is gone. Let it air dry.
Did I not talk about your food stain problem? Check out TLC’s 10 Worst Food Stains And How To Remove Them.