Tip Tuesday: Spill Remedies

Removing common types of spills prior to listing your home for sale can have a huge impact on the sale!

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Tip Tuesday: Spill Remedies

Posted by Candy Noel on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 8:36pm.

One of the most common real estate questions from homeowners listing their property for sale is in regards to presentation.  A great presentation can lead to a much faster sale, this can range from furniture arrangements to overall decor and cleanliness.  While changing furniture and decor can be quite the undertaking, with some sellers going so far as to hire an interior designer, it is much easier to ensure your home is as clean as possible.  During the cleaning process pesky stains from years of normal living can become a daunting task.  Not only are they quite the eyesore but they can really be tough to remove.  We've compiled a list the most common stains and the remedies, helping you take the first step to a home ready to impress each potential buyer.  A few minutes of work can go a very long way in the look and feel of your home, these tried and true methods will transform your home quickly and easily!

Red wine spills (fresh) – Sprinkle with salt, this will absorb the wine slowly.  If the spill is on cotton then hot water will do the trick.

Red wine spills (old, dried) - Saturate with hot water, add a pre-treatment oxi-product with granules.  Let sit then blot with a rag.

Oil spills – Spread saw dust or cat over the oil stains on your from concrete.  You can try grinding these into the concrete for a quicker absorption.  Let stand for a day or two.  Repeat if necessary.  Alternatively cat litter does an amazing job of absorbing oil.

Paint spills – Mix 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid, 1 quart warm water.  Douse the area with the mixture and rub it away.

Hair dye spills – To remove hair dye from wooden furniture and cabinets, wipe with a cotton ball dipped in fresh hydrogen peroxide.  Works like a charm!!

Super Glue spills on carpet – Use an eyedropper and apply a small amount of acetone to the stain, blot immediately, repeat until the glue is gone.

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