Oops! How to handle stains and tackle house cleaning!

Entertaining family and friends as well as general day to day family living can lead to all sorts of spills and stains. But there’s no need to worry, our expert tips below will help you with stain removal and general housekeeping.

You’ve just put on a beautiful dinner party for your family and friends, but when you clear the table you find that the candles have dripped all over the table cloth and the children have squashed in the wax.

What to do now: Wait until the wax is completely dry and then gently scrape off as much as you can, use a blunt knife, shaking away the scrapings as you go. Be careful to make sure the wax doesn’t fall onto the carpet or other fabrics.

What to do later: After dinner, lay the waxy area flat on top of a brown paper (on an iron friendly surface) and place a second paper towel of the top.  Next, press the linen with a warm, not hot, iron. The brown paper will absorb the wax; you may need to repeat a few times to ensure everything has been absorbed. Finally, wash your tablecloth using Ariel to keep your fabrics colour last.

You’re out at a party sipping red wine when your arm is knocked and you spill all over your favourite top. You don’t have anything to change into, so you will have to tackle part of the problem now and finish when you get home!

What to do now: Head to the closest bathroom, using a wet paper towel or cloth (warm water) blot the stain to remove the excess wine. Next, using some salt from behind the bar, rub a little onto the stain. Wait a few minutes and then rub the stained area between your fingers – the salt will soak up the pigment.

What to do later: Rub Ariel Stain Remover on the area and let it sit for a few minutes. Then wash according to the instructions on the label.

Delicious dressings are a must when hosting a dinner party – but can mean that your placemats get some too – especially gravy. Whilst it is delicious, it can be greasy, making the post-party house cleaning tricky.

What to do now: Wipe up any excess gravy with a paper towel, then instantly apply a stain remover. If you don’t have one to hand, pour liquid detergent over the stain and let set for 20 minutes.

What to do later: Wash the stained fabric in the hottest water that it can tolerate. Make sure you check the care instructions.

Lipstick is great at finishing off an outfit or make up look. But an unfortunate side effect is that it can get everywhere, whether it’s your shirt collar, napkins or even towels. Luckily we have an easy stain removal method!

What to do now: Place the stained fabric in a plastic bowel filled with liquid laundry detergent like Ariel, about 1 to 1 and half tablespoons (half a capful) per 4 litres of water. Make sure the garment / fabric is completely submerged and let it soak for about half an hour.

What to do later: Wash the stained fabrics in warm water, carefully checked the care label. If stains are still present then repeat both steps.