It's Saint Patrick's Day! It's the one time of year where everyone gets to be Irish for a day in the most animated of ways, wearing green clothes adorned with shamrocks, eating green-dyed foods and enjoying green-tinted beverages. It's a day of parties and parades, where Chicago even dyes its river green!
With all the holiday fun, there are bound to be a few spills and accidents. And when messes get made, all of that green can become a serious problem if the stains aren't handled quickly. Here's how to take care of the worst stain situations on St. Patrick's Day with a green cleaning champion!
If spills do happen on cloth or fabric, here's a quick remedy: dampen the stain with water, spray full-strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner on the area, and allow a few minutes for the cleaner to penetrate the soil. Then gently rub and blot the area with an absorbent cloth or towel, and air dry. People may not realize that Simple Green can be used on fabric. Get our green to clean your green spill!
A staple of any true St. Patrick's Day, beer is often dyed green for the occasion. However, if you simply add green food coloring to a more yellow beer such as a pale ale, you'll find it requires a large amount of the dye to have an effect. Even worse, it will likely turn your teeth green, and stain anything it comes into contact with! Instead, add blue food coloring to your yellow beer. Remember from grade school: yellow and blue make green. With a bit of blue you'll have your desired result, and use far less food coloring.
Red wine contains chromogens, a substance in colorful plants that is used to make dyes. These dyes easily stain fabric, however, and set quickly. Removing wine stains can be notoriously difficult to remove once they've dried – and thank goodness wine is rarely dyed green for St. Paddy's!
First, place a cloth or napkin under the stained fabric to prevent it from spreading onto anything else. Dab the stain with paper towels to absorb as much wine as possible, but don't rub, as this will push the stain further into the fabric. Then blot the stained area with water to dilute the wine, making it easier to clean.
Next pour table salt on the spot. Let it soak up the moisture for a few minutes, before brushing off gently. Then spray Simple Green on the surface, and allow two minutes for it to break down any remaining wine. Then rinse the material, and wash on cold cycle before air drying.
To remove wine stains from upholstery or carpet, head to #5.
3. GREASY FOOD
What's a good party without wings, burgers, nachos or even a corned beef? With all the activity there's a good chance one of these mess-bomb items will make contact with an article of clothing, leaving you scrambling for a stain remedy for grease, ketchup, sauce and who knows what else!
That's where Simple Green comes in, with unparalleled degreasing, cleaning and degreasing power.
For greasy fabric stains, wipe off or blot the mess, being careful not to spread the stain. Then dampen the stain with water. Next, spray Simple Green onto the stain, and allow a few minutes for the cleaner to penetrate. Then gently blot with a clean, damp towel or absorbent cloth. Air dry.
Carpet stains? Head to #5.
For couch stains, skip to #6.
If someone gets ill, don't fret. First, wipe or scrape up any solid matter (gross, but necessary) from the fabric, and dampen the area with water. Then spray full strength Simple Green onto the spot, and allow 2-3 minutes for the stain-lifting properties to work. While the odor can be bad enough to make you want to set fire to anything that's come in contact with the vomit, Simple Green's deodorizing power is remarkably effective. It comes in Lemon, Lavender and original scent options, so you have your choice of fragrance.
Rinse the area, and if the material is washable, wash in a cold laundry cycle. Air dry.
Carpet stains? Head to #5.
For couch stains, skip to #6.
5. CARPET STAINS
The dreaded "party foul" comes in many forms. From tracked-in dirt to pet accidents and spilled food and drinks, your carpet can take a beating at any gathering.
To remove stains before they set, first blot up any liquid from the surface, then dampen the affected area with clean water. Next, spray a solution of 1 oz. Simple Green to 1 cup water onto the stain, and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to soak (don't wet the area too heavily, to avoid soaking the padding underneath which can lead to mold or mildew). Then gently rub and blot with a damp clean cloth or towel.
For big spills, you may need a carpet cleaning machine to lift the stain. Here's how.
6. COUCH STAINS
From dirt and dust, pet stains and odors, spilled food and drinks, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner can spot clean spills on your fabric sofa. Plus, it's non-toxic and biodegradable, so it's safer for your home and family.
For spot cleaning, start by blotting up any liquid from the sofa with a dry cloth, then dampen the stain with clean water. Next, spray a solution of 1 oz. Simple Green to 1 cup water onto the stain, and let it sit for 2-3 minutes to soak. Don't wet the area too heavily, to avoid soaking the padding underneath which can lead to mold or mildew. Then gently rub and blot with a damp clean cloth or towel. For larger couch stains, follow these directions with a cleaning machine and a brush attachment.
Prior to cleaning, check your affected item for proper care instruction. Always spot test on an inconspicuous area. Do not use Simple Green on leather, suede, velvet or handmade rugs.
Even though it's orally non-toxic and won't cause skin or respiratory irritation, you should never drink Simple Green – not even on St. Paddy's Day. And if Green isn't your color, Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner is also available in Lemon and Lavender!