As the old saying goes: ‘accidents happen’, and this is certainly the case when it comes to spillages in the home.
While some are harmless, others can pose a danger to you and your family and they should be dealt with immediately.
We reveal the best ways to clean up three common household spills with minimum fuss and excellent results.
1. Cooking oil
When you’re busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you may accidentally spill cooking oil.
Unlike water, you can’t just grab the mop to wipe it up, as wiping can sometimes spread the oil around, rather than absorbing it. One of the best ways to clean oil spills is by using absorbent materials such as baking soda, corn starch, flour, sand or even kitty litter.
Leave the absorbent material for about 15 minutes. During this time, it’ll soak up the oil and then you can simply use paper towel or a rag to clean up the spill.
For the best possible clean, mop the affected area after you’ve cleaned the spill using a grease-fighting dish washing liquid.
2. Red wine
We’ve all experienced the dreaded spillage of red wine on either our clothes, the floor or household objects.
The key to minimising the damage is to deal with it as soon as it occurs.
With clothing, pour boiling water over the stain and then add salt, baking powder or laundry cleaner.
For spillages on the carpet or furniture, mix half a teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with four cups of lukewarm water. Pour some of it onto the stain and use a blotting motion to clean the spill. Where possible, try the cleaning mixture on a piece of carpet that isn’t overly visible first. That way, if the mixture takes the colour out of your carpet or furniture, you can try another solution on the stain in question (like soda water). Another helpful tip is to ensure you clean the stain from the outside in.
By working in this manner, you will avoid spreading the stain.
3. Household chemical cleaners
We all use a range of different cleaning products to keep our home clean, from soaps and bleaches to sprays and scents.
However, spillages not only create a mess, but they can be quite toxic to your health if you come into contact with them.
You can minimise any risk by ensuring that you wear rubber gloves when using cleaning products.
Open the window to allow good ventilation inside the home and avoid inhaling any toxic fumes.
Spillages can cause surfaces to be greasy and slippery so you should mop it up with water after you’ve soaked up the excess liquid.
Any contaminated clothing should be discarded, as some chemicals may not wash out completely.