If you went all out this Valentine’s Day, you may still be putting off cleaning up all the rose petals, balloons, candles, and decorations. Luckily for you, we love cleaning and are more than happy to provide you with some tips to make tidying as painless as possible…
There’s one thing that has made its way into everyone’s Valentine’s and that’s chocolate. Whether it be melted, in a dessert, or a gift, it will have found its way into your night and perhaps on your clothes or carpet.
The best way to get rid of a chocolate stain is by waiting for it harden and scraping it carefully from whatever fabric it’s gotten on (use a spoon, trust us). If it’s more stubborn than that or there’s still a bit of a stain, rub some dish soap or fabric softener onto the stain, then wipe away with some hot water.
What’s a romantic meal without a little wine to celebrate? Even though a red wine stain is the most annoying of them all, having a bottle with your partner is worth the risk of a spill.
If it’s a fresh spill, quickly blot the area with a paper towel and soak up as much of the wine as possible. Then, rinse it through with white wine or vodka if you have it, if not, water will work too. Absorb as much of that as you can with a paper towel again and then spread a large amount of salt over the stain. Leave this overnight and then hoover up the salt the next day.
Nothing beats the warm glow of a candle, and nothing says romantic quite like a candle-lit evening. Sometimes, the dripping wax can go awry, leaving you to figure out how to remove wax splotches from your surfaces.
Cleaning up candle wax is almost the same method as chocolate stains. Let the wax harden to the same level as the candle, then you can scrape it off, simple as that. If there’s anything left over, lay a cloth over it, and apply a gentle heat from an iron. It should lift the wax off the fabric and onto the cloth instead.
Perhaps you’ve gone a bit too wild and sprinkled rose petals anywhere and everywhere, and now you need to come up with a plan to sweep them all away or make something to remind your partner of the lovely Valentine’s you shared.
Dried rose petals can be found in almost all potpourri in the world. In a jar, combine your petals with some essential oils, lavender is usually the go to, and if you have the dried petals of any other plants that smell nice, add them into the mix. Leave it in a cool, dark place for around six weeks and after that, you’ll have your own potpourri from Valentine’s Day.
If roses aren’t your style, you may have gone for lilies, and they can be a nightmare for pollen stains. To get rid of them, make sure you don’t rub it – that will only make it worse. Instead, get some sticky tape to pull the pollen off the fabric.