Sticky stains can be a headache to remove, whether it be a soft drink spill, gum on the sofa, or glue clinging to tabletops. We don’t want you to be the one left in a sticky spot when it comes to these common household adhesives so we’ve put together a few quick tips on how to remove them.

 

  1. Drinks on the carpet

 

Those with carpet at home probably know the panic that comes with the tipping of a sugary drink. Fortunately there’s an easy way to do some damage control. All you need is a bit of laundry detergent.

 

Using water, lightly blot the stain from the outside-in so to not spread it further or deeper. Continue this with a 1/4 cup of detergent mixed with 1/2 cup of water. Let the area completely dry before vacuuming to remove extra residue and fluff your carpet up.

 

  1. Gum on the sofa

 

If there’s one thing gum is good at, it’s sticking, which isn’t so fun when this is the bottom of your leather lounge. It may sound uncanny but rubbing peanut butter and ice alternately across the stain with an abrasive sponge does the trick…

 

It may take ten minutes, but your patience will leave you with a spotless, greaseless surface. Find similar strategies for all couch materials.

 

  1. Remedies for glue

 

Super-glue can be your best friend when it comes to DIY projects at home. But it can quickly become your worst enemy when drips or spillages occur on the floor, counter, or fabrics…

 

Get yourself a super glue removing product to keep around. The gel is made for sticky situations like these. Alternatively, a small amount of acetone can dissolve hardened glue spots. Laundry detergent will be gentler on fabrics.

 

  1. Sticky situations in the bathroom

 

Over time the residue of limescale and bathroom products can build up. All you need is, literally, the right solution for your tub or sink. For example, baking soda will clean an enamel tub, while pumice stone and abrasive powder is recommended for porcelain.

 

  1. Sticky grease in the kitchen

 

Sticky situation in the kitchen? Grease can be removed from surfaces with ease, with white vinegar, dish soaps, and oil soaps. Glass cleaners can be used for cabinets and windows. It’s easy to keep your kitchen and home shiny and stain-free.