Weekend Dinner Party Woes (1)

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It’s the weekend, which means a break from the 9-5 and a chance to socialise to the max to forget working worries. For the ambitious of us, this might mean a three course dinner – garnered from the hottest chefs in the Sunday supplements, whilst the more relaxed of us may rely on tried and tested staple meals – Joe swears by hot chilli beef and a mean sweet potato. However, to truly push the boat out, most of us will make a trip to the wine shop (we can recommend local Corks of Cotham!) or at least the local supermarket in order to compliment long-slaved over meals.

Of course, with so much delicious and tempting wine about, the results could be a little… mixed. As wine buffs at our office, we know this tipple can have unintended effects when you have a little too much, and have some disastrous tales to tell about how our carpets still bear the signs of that boozy, though hilarious night back in 2012.

Yet, we decided enough was enough, and as keen drinkers, but even keener cleaners, we would seek out the best way to ensure a night of socialising wouldn’t be marred by an unfortunate discovery on the cream carpet the next day – here are our tried and tested tips to remove that Malbec from your mat…

1. The Bicarb Solution

Blot up as much of the stain as possible, sprinkle a little bicarb over the spot and give the powder an hour to absorb the stain. Then use a trusty vacuum to retrieve the leftover powder.

2. The Big Guns: Hydrogen Peroxide

We say go for a weak solution (3% max) and add equal parts household soap, as HP is very corrosive! Use dry paper towels to blot the solution onto the stain.

3. Fight Fire with Fire: White Wine

Sounds a downright silly idea, but Gleem can verify this works – apparently the tannins in white wine cancel out those in the red. Clever, eh?

4. Shaving Cream (yes really – but only if you can put the offending item in the washing machine afterwards!)

Beware! Only use this if the stain has completely dried – work a small amount of foam into the area and then put in the machine on a short wash of low heat.

There you have it: a pick of the best to guarantee your home will be left ‘gleeming’ even after a raucous gathering of your nearest and dearest.

Gleem hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever/whoever it may entail! Of course, if you’re feeling a little under the weather after a successful night, then Gleem can take the hassle out of your hands – our Half Term offer is still running, just use the code ‘halfterm10’ in booking before Sunday 22nd February to get 10% off.