Nightmare Messes & How to Clean Them

If you have children, pets or guests, then you will know that accidents around the house are always bound to happen. Life is too short to let nightmare messes ruin your day – here are a few remedies that we like to recommend.

Best Cleaning Solutions for Nightmare Messes

There are some stains and spills that can be a real pain to clean up – But with the right tricks up your sleeve, you can tackle these nightmare messes with more ease than you thought. Some of the most common stains to give us grief are red wine, glue, gum, or permanent marker. Here are some clever techniques to help you handle these problems like a pro!

Red Wine


With red wine spills you want to make sure to treat the stain as quickly as possible before it has time to set into the fibers.

  1. The first step is to blot the stain to remove any wine that hasn’t been absorbed yet. Do not rub it! That will just set the stain into the material, making it even harder to lift off the fibers. You can either use paper towels or a clean cloth.
  2. Then, in a small bowl, combine 2 cups of warm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of dishwashing liquid. For really deep stains you may need to use something a bit stronger, like Oxi Clean. Works best when you fill a big tub with hot water and a few scoops of Oxi Clean.
  3. Soak the fabric then wash like you normally would. Don’t dry the fabric in case the stain didn’t fully come out as drying will make the stain set.



Your removal method will vary depending on the surface you are removing glue from.

To remove glue from glass, our favorite methods are nail polish remover, white vinegar, or WD-40. Let your method of choice soak for a few minutes, then remove the glue by wiping with a clean cloth.

Removing glue from wood works best when heated with your trusty hair dryer. Make sure to use the lowest setting and direct the heat over the dried-on glue for about 15 seconds.

Make sure to keep the nozzle 2-3 inches away from the glue so you don’t overheat and damage the finish on the wood. Use a plastic scraper and slowly peel off the glue from one edge while you continue heating the area.

For the extra-sticky glue it may require a little more heat before peeling. If you’re dealing with a thick layer or drip of glue you can try carefully sanding the residue. Other glue stains may respond better if you apply petroleum jelly overnight. This will saturate the glue just enough to ease it off with a plastic scraper the next day.  

Removing glue from the plastic can be tricky as you don’t want the color of the plastic to fade or disappear. More importantly, you don’t want to use a solution that will melt the plastic or emit dangerous fumes. The best all-natural solutions are white vinegar or cooking oil.

If you’re lucky the glue doesn’t stick properly to the plastic and you can easily remove it with a plastic scraper. If that doesn’t work, saturate the spot with either vinegar or oil. Dab it into the glue and let it sit for a few minutes to loosen it up. Rub it with a dry, clean cloth until the glue comes off, then wash the plastic.



There are many tricks and techniques you can try to remove gum from clothes. Some of those include freezing, boiling, rubbing alcohol, ironing, vinegar, laundry soap, hair spray, and WD-40.

Freezing: fold the fabric so the gum faces outwards. Place the fabric into a plastic bag, ensure the gum doesn’t stick to the bag. Seal and place into freezer for 2-3 hours so the gum freezes. Remove fabric from the freezer and peel the gum off as quickly as possible using a dull butter knife so you don’t cut the fabric. Make sure the gum doesn’t thaw as this will make it harder to scrape off.

Boiling: submerge the affected area in boiling water. While submerged scrape off gum with a toothbrush, knife or putty knife. Scrub the fabric while it’s still immersed in the boiling water. Let the fabric dry and repeat if necessary.

Rubbing alcohol: for delicate fabrics rubbing alcohol won’t stain or remove the color from your fabric. Use a sponge or rag with just a little bit of rubbing alcohol. Rub the gum with the rag or sponge, waiting a couple minutes for the alcohol to take effect. Using a spatula gently remove the gum. Wash with soap and water, rinse and dry.

Ironing: place the fabric on top of a piece of cardboard so the gum is facing the cardboard. On the opposite side of the fabric iron the area on medium setting. The gum should transfer off the fabric and onto the cardboard. Repeat as necessary. Wash the fabric like you normally would and the gum should be completely removed.

Vinegar: heat 1 cup of vinegar to just below a boil. Dip a toothbrush in the hot vinegar and rub onto the gum. Work quickly as this works best when the vinegar is hot. Continue to dip and rub the toothbrush into the vinegar and onto the gum until it’s completely gone. You may need to reheat the vinegar as needed.

Laundry Soap: cover the gum in liquid laundry soap, using a toothbrush to work it into the gum to break it up. Use a blunt knife to gently scrape away the gum. You may need to use your fingernail to scrape the last remnants of gum off the fabric.  

Hair Spray: use a small amount of hairspray directly on the gum which will cause it to harden. Quickly scrape the gum off and wash as normal.

WD-40: spray the WD-40 directly onto the gum. Rub the area with a toothbrush or cloth and wash as normal.

Permanent Marker


Clothes: use a towel to dab hand sanitizer onto the stain rather than rubbing it. Use an old towel or paper towel on the backside of the item to absorb the ink.

Walls: dab regular toothpaste (not gel) or hairspray onto the stain rather than rubbing it so you don’t spread the ink around.

Wood: blot rubbing alcohol onto the stain and let sit for a few minutes. Repeat until the stain is completely gone. Be careful you don’t remove the varnish or stain on the wood.

Carpet: dab white vinegar onto the stain. You don’t want to rub the stain as that will spread the stain further into the fibers. Then blot the area with a clean, damp rag to lift the stain out of the carpet. An extra tip is to use an iron to help lift the stain out.

Whiteboard: simply draw over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and simply wipe away.

Ceramic or Glass: combine 1 part toothpaste and 1 part baking soda and rub onto the stain with a paper towel, repeating until completely gone.

Metal: rubbing alcohol or regular toothpaste (not gel) works great on stainless steel appliances. Apply to affected area and the marker should wipe right off!

After nearly 25 years in the cleaning business, we have seen our fair share of tricky messes and have many tools and tips in our arsenal to help manage them.

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  • Please try these tips and remedies at your own discretion. Not every solution will work for all surfaces.


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Benefits of Hiring A Pro to Clean Your Vacation Rental

It’s no secret that guest reviews can make or break your Okanagan Valley rental property reputation.

When it comes to staying at the top of the online options for vacation property rentals, the feedback from guests will be what helps the next guest book a stay at your place.

If you own a  Okanagan Valley vacation rental property, having a professional housekeeping service is going to be a life saver and vacation saver. There are thousands of vacation rental properties in our area and the options are practically endless for vacationers – so be sure that your rental is tip-top.

How do you ensure guests book with you? By Having great reviews!

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Great reviews start with great first impressions

If you’re listed on AirbNb, VRBO, Yelp, GoogleTripAdvisor or any other online platform for reviews, your guest experiences will be shared with the world. We always make sure that the feedback about cleaning is always 5-star.

Not only does our cleaning team ensure a quality first impression for your guests, but they also serve as your ‘eyes and ears’ for the over-all state of your property.

The right cleaning service isn’t just simply going to dust and vacuum your vacation property, they’re also going to ensure your place is perfectly guest-ready. There are many benefits to hiring a professional to getting your vacation rental 5-star review ready:

Clean properties get higher ratings on vacation sites. Your best form of advertising is customer reviews. If the cleanliness of your property is top-notch you will get higher ratings on your reviews. Alternatively, if it’s not your guest’s expectations and satisfaction you are more likely to hear from them and get a bad review, which could hurt your chances of renting your property as often and for top dollar.

Always having the same cleaner will make it easier to detect damages. Having the same crew in your rental property multiple times per week or month means they will notice any damages your last guests may have left – and you can address them in a timely manner. They will also be the first to notice if any items in the property which have gone missing. If you’ve collected a damage deposit from your guests, it could give you the time to make the appropriate changes to a potential refund of their damage deposit.  At Eye 4 Detail, we always take pictures of any damages that have occurred between guest stays and communicate that with the property owners immediately so that they can choose how to handle the situation.

There will be less stress and headache in managing a property when a pro goes in and knows exactly what to do. Vacation rental cleaning is much more in-depth than your regular house cleaning. Typically, this will include cleaning the linens that were used by previous guests, checking to make sure disposable supplies are topped up for the next guest, and testing various items in the house to make sure they are in good working order.

Having a professional cleaning company with a team of housekeepers will be much more reliable than a one-man show. Not only will a team of cleaners be able to put your property back together much quicker but they will always have back-up staff for bigger jobs. Depending on a company to manage the cleaning of your property means that you won’t lose any potential renters because a single cleaner didn’t show – we have multiple (bonded and insured) vacation-home cleaners on staff.

Vacation rentals are a great investment because you can typically charge a premium for shorter-term rentals. However, this does mean quicker turnarounds than standard long-term rentals. Are you prepared to spend every 2nd or 3rd day at your property giving it a complete cleaning overhaul? Good NEWS, you don’t have to! Call us at Eye 4 Detail.

Some owners who live close to their vacation rental may think to take on the task of housekeeping themselves. This may quickly become a daunting task as the entire property will require a deep-cleaning several times a week – Especially during peak seasons, you may have only a few hours turnaround between guests.

Lastly, hiring a professional cleaning company will relieve a great deal of potential stress as they will be fully insured, licensed, and bonded and having policies and procedures in place to handle potential accidents or mishaps while their team are on your property. The company of cleaners puts a buffer between you and your renters in the event of damages or mis-use of items. This means you always have a company on-hand that has your best interest in mind.

Call Sonia today to talk about how we can help take care of your vacation property investment.

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