How to clean up after a spaghetti sauce spill

We all like to envision a relaxing dinner time, when in reality with kids it’s like feeding time at the zoo. If the dish contains bright red sauce and spaghetti, keeping things civil can be tougher than food shopping with a toddler in a trolley with a dodgy wheel. While instilling life skills such as eating by themselves is thrilling for us parents…it can be even more so, if you feel equipped to clean up the mess afterwards.

There is a lot of talk these days about super foods, what people don’t realise is that some foods have actual super powers – spaghetti being one of them. It can fly, pretty fast too if thrown by a frustrated toddler, add in some pasta sauce and it can reach speeds faster than any jet.

However recent studies have shown (not really) that the main culprits of spaghetti sauce spills on carpet are in fact adults, who find it difficult to aim for their mouth while scrolling through their phone. Whatever the reason for the mess on your carpet, we’re here to help you!

Below is a simply yet effective guide to removing a spaghetti sauce spill on carpet

How to clean up after a spaghetti sauce spill

How to clean up after a spaghetti sauce spill

Method 1

Like with every stain, it’s best to get working on it as soon as possible. Most pasta sauces are red and contain food dye that can discolour your carpet if left.

  • Remove all the loose pasta before getting to work on the stain.
  • Mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid with two cups of cool water.
  • Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution. Be sure not to scrub the stain as this will work it further into the carpet and can damage the carpet fibres.
  • Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Rinse with cool water so no residue is left behind.


How to clean up after a spaghetti sauce spill


How to clean up after a spaghetti sauce spill

Method 2

Be sure to wear protective clothing and test the solution on an inconspicuous area of carpet first.

  • Mix together one tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 cup of cool water. Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – this could cause hazardous fumes!
  • Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
  • Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
  • Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the ammonia solution.


How to clean up after a spaghetti sauce spill

If you’re having trouble removing the stain yourself, it’s best to call the professionals. Renew carpet cleaning are the leading carpet cleaning company in Ireland. No stain is too tough for our technicians. To book your carpet cleaning contact us today. Check out our website for more great stain removal tips.

How to clean up after a nail polish remover spill on carpet.

Nail polish remover aka ‘your best friend in a crisis’ is just that…until it becomes the crisis. When spilled on carpet it can be harsher than other common stains. Most nail varnish removers contain acetone – a colourless, flammable liquid. This chemical has a bleaching quality, which can ruin your carpet if left on it for too long. So, like any stain we always advise acting quickly, and even more so with nail polish remover. If you’ve no clue where to begin with the clean up – don’t panic, it may smell worse than it actually is.

Below is Renew’s step-by-step by guide to removing nail polish remover from your carpet.

How to clean up after a nail polish spill on carpet.



How to clean up after a nail polish remover spill on carpet

  • Mix together one tablespoon of washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water.
  • Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
  • Blot until the liquid is absorbed, taking care not to scrub the stain.
  • Continue until the stain disappears.
  • Sponge with cold water and blot dry with a clean towel.


Nail polish removers that contain acetone can leave a particularly strong smell, that can linger even after the stain looks to have been removed. Below, we have listed some easy and cost effective ways to help illuminate these odours.

How to clean up after a nail polish spill on carpet.

How to get rid of the smell of nail polish remover from carpet

  • Place baking soda into a bowl and leave it on a high shelf in the room. Baking soda is great for absorbing odours and doesn’t need to be changed daily.
  • Leave a small container of cat litter in the room (random, but stick with us). Cat litter is super absorbent and will remove any bad odour that’s lingering.
  • If you have neither a cat or a love of baking, then this last tip may be the one for you. Coffee! Put some fresh ground coffee into a glass bowl and stir daily. This will not only help absorb the smell of the nail polish remover, but will make your home smell, well homely, and or, like a quaint café.

How to clean up after a nail polish spill on carpet.

Renew carpet cleaning is Ireland’s number one carpet cleaning company. We not only remove stubborn stains, but we also leave your carpets looking and smelling fresh! Contact us today to book your carpet cleaning, or you can check out our website for more quick and easy stain removal tips.


How to clean up after an orange juice spill

Orange juice is one of the most popular drinks in any household. It’s healthy, refreshing, oh and a right pain to get rid of when spilled on your carpets! Orange juice spills are one of those annoying ones as orange is a citric acid. This means it can act as a bleaching agent when exposed to the sun, so ideally it needs to be cleaned up immediately! Also, orange juice turns into a tacky residue when left. However, if you’re looking at an orange juice stain on your lovely carpet – no need to panic, help is at hand. Below is our guide to removing both fresh orange juice stains and dried in stains from carpet.

How to clean up after an orange juice spill

How to remove spilled orange juice from carpet

If you have kids who refuse to drink orange juice ‘with the bits,’ you’ll be grateful for their fussy ways if it spills. These orange bits can stick to the carpet fibres and it’s best to scrape them out first before removing the stain.

  • Blot up as much of the liquid as possible using paper towel or a clean, dry cloth.
  • Mix together two cups of warm water with one tablespoon of washing-up liquid. Use a clean cloth to sponge the stain with the solution.
  • Be careful not to scrub the carpet as this can damage the carpet fibres and cause the stain to work further down.
  • Keep sponging the stain, until it’s gone.
  • Remove any excess liquid with a clean, dry towel.

How to clean up after an orange juice spill


How to remove an old orange juice spill from carpet

  • Moisten the stain with luke warm water.
  • Mix a solution of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Use a clean cloth to carefully blot the stain with the solution. Be careful not to scrub. Continue until the stain has gone.
  • Rinse the carpet afterwards with cold water and blot dry.
  • You may also need to use a stain remover (make sure to follow the instructions carefully) Most stain removers will need to be left on the stain for a certain amount of time first. Be sure to carefully time what’s been specified, so as to avoid discolouring your carpet.
  • If you have any doubts or the stain isn’t budging, then it’s best to call in the professionals. Renew is Ireland’s leading carpet cleaning company, who specialise in removing tough stains.


At Renew we pride ourselves on our excellent service and amazing results. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to help. Also, be sure to check out our website for more great stain removing tips.


How to clean up after a nail polish spill on carpet

When a nail polish spill happens on carpet, the immediate thought (after a lot of cursing) is that the carpet is ruined for good. What was meant to be a pampering session or a finishing touch to your look for a night out, can turn into a real hassle. However don’t panic, it is possible to remove a nail polish spill on carpet without having to do a Feng Shui with the furniture or buy a new rug to cover the stain.

As with all stains, it’s best to get to work on them immediately. However, we know this isn’t always possible! So below is our step-by-step guide, to cleaning up both fresh nail polish spills and spills that have dried in.

how to clean up after a nail polish on carpet

How to clean up after a fresh nail polish spill on carpet

When cleaning up a fresh nail polish spill, it’s important to keep the area moist so the nail polish doesn’t set into the carpet.

  • Use a clean, wet cloth to blot up as much of the nail polish as possible. Make sure to use a fresh section of cloth each time, so as not to spread the stain.
  • This can seem like it’s taking forever, but patience really is a virtue when it’s comes to cleaning up nail polish spills, so don’t give up (plus it’s cheaper than buying a new carpet)
  • Take a clean cloth and dampen it with an acetone-free nail polish remover, and gently dab the stain. Make sure the nail polish remover is acetone-free or it will remove the colour from your carpet. Window cleaner and hair spray will also work for this. Whatever product you use, it’s important to always test it out first on a small, inconspicuous area.
  • Keep dabbing the area with the cloth, until the stain is gone. It helps if you sing a little song (not really, but it will help keep morale up)
  • Once all the nail polish has been removed, mix some water with a couple of teaspoons of washing-up liquid and clean the area until the residue and smell is gone.
  • Dry with a clean towel.


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How to clean up after a dried in nail polish spill on carpet

Cleaning up a dried in nail polish spill can be tricky, but not impossible!

  • Scrape up as much of the dried polish as you can, using a knife or your fingers.
  • Vacuum up any flakes of polish that come away.
  • Acetone-free nail polish is your best bet to remove the stain. Test it out on a small, inconspicuous area first to make sure there is no damage or discolouring to the carpet.
  • Use a clean cloth dampened with the nail polish remover to blot the stain. You can also use a toothbrush to gently work out the stain. However, be careful not to scrub as it can damage the carpet fibres.
  • When the stain has been removed, mix some water with a couple of teaspoons of washing-up liquid and clean the area until the nail polish remover smell and residue is gone.
  • Dry with a clean towel.


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Renew carpet cleaning are experts in tough stain removals such a nail polish. If you are struggling to remove the stain yourself, or are considering giving up and keeping it there as visual of ‘what not to do’ in future – then give us a call. Our trained technicians will have the stain removed in no time. Contact us today to book your appointment.

How to clean up spilled milk on carpet

Spilled milk may not seem like the biggest deal to clean, but when it spills on your carpet – things just got real! Not only are you left with a murky looking stain on your carpet, but the smell. It’s that smell, the one we all recognise instantly like vomit and sour grossness mixed together that can be so hard to get rid of.

But, before you cry over spilled milk (we couldn’t resist!) let Renew help you to tackle the stain yourself, with our easy step-by-step guide below:

how to clean up after spilled milk on carpet

How to clean up after spilled milk:

  • Use a dry cloth or sponge to soak up as much of the milk as possible.
  • Mix together 2 cups of warm water and 1 tablespoon of washing-up liquid. Use a cloth to gently rub (not scrub) the stain with the mixture, repeat as many times as needed, until you’ve removed as much of the stain as you can.
  • Sprinkle the area with baking soda and leave for approximately 30 minutes. The baking soda will absorb the remaining milk, along with the smell!
  • Vacuum the area afterwards.


How to clean up after spilled milk on carpet

We don’t always have the time to clean up a milk spill straight away. Sometimes, we don’t even know about it, until the odour hits and one of the kids is looking guilty. However, help is at hand with our 4 easy steps below.

How to clean up after spilled milk – if it’s been left to dry in

  • Carefully scrape the dried milk with a dull knife to remove as much flakes as possible.
  • Wet the remainder of the stain with cold water (warm, will increase the odour)
  • Use a toothbrush to rub the stain with a washing powder paste, and rinse.
  • If the stain has gone but the odour is still lingering, spray the area with vinegar (diluted with an equal part of water) and blot it up afterwards.

(Always test cleaning products / solutions on an inconspicuous area first)

How to clean up after spilled milk on carpet

Some stains are stubborn and need professional help! Renew, are the leading carpet cleaning company in Ireland and specialists in tough stain removal. Contact us today to book your professional carpet cleaning.



How to clean up after a paint spill

Re-decorating your home can be stressful enough without having to deal with a paint spill. It’s normal to switch to panic mode at the sight of your beautiful flooring covered in what can seem a permanent material. However, paint spillages are common and can be successfully removed, if acted upon immediately and with the right method.

How to clean up after a paint spill

How to clean up after a spill depends on the type of paint and flooring. Below is our guide to cleaning up the most common types of paint spills.

How to clean up after an emulsion paint spill:

From Carpet:

Emulsion paint is easy enough to clean up. As emulsion paint dissolves in water, using water alone can usually do the job. Try using a damp cloth to carefully clean the area, working inwards to contain the spillage.

From Hard Flooring:

Use warm soapy water and a cloth to clean the area. If you’ve been too busy admiring your handy work and haven’t noticed the spillage until it’s hardened, use the sharp edge of a knife to carefully flick the paint off. Be carefully not to get too carried away and scrape the floor! Use warm soapy water to clean up any residue left afterwards.

How to clean up after a paint spill

How to clean up an oil based paint spill:

Oil based paint spills can be a real headache to clean (quite literally, if you’ve poor ventilation) It’s always important to have good ventilation when working with this type of paint, especially when cleaning up a big spill. Also make sure to wear protective clothing to avoid skin irritation and other health hazards.

Oil based paint is tougher to clean up as it seeps into the carpet fibres. Chemicals such as turpentine, acetone etc are usually required for these types of spills. Although chemicals are quite effective in removing the paint, they can also lift your floor colouring with it. Therefore, it’s always important to test the product on a small area of flooring first.

From Carpet

Always follow the instructions on the chemical remover that you’re using.

Never scrub at the stain as this will damage the fibres and work the paint further into the carpet.

When most of the paint has been removed – use two cups of cool water, mixed with a tablespoon of washing-up liquid to sponge the remaining stain.

From Hard Flooring

If the paint has dried, try scraping it off carefully with a paint scraper or knife . If it still doesn’t budge try adding heat. Use a hair dryer for approximately 15 seconds, holding it 3 inches above the paint. This should help soften the paint making it easier to scrape off.

Use the same method that’s used on carpets afterwards.

Only ever use a chemical remover if you have a good knowledge of the product and are confident using it. If not, always call a professional for help.

How to clean up after a paint spill

Renew carpet cleaning are experts are removing all types of stains, even those tough paint spills! If you haven’t been successful in cleaning up the paint spill yourself, or you feel it’s too daunting to even tackle – Contact Renew today. We would be happy to help!

New Year’s Resolutions

Making New Year’s resolutions is the easy part, sticking to them…well, that’s where it gets tough. Whether it’s getting fit, taking up a new hobby or doing all those jobs you’ve been putting off – making new year’s resolutions is something we’ll all try our hand at. Unless you’re the funny guy who always quips – my new year’s resolution is not make resolutions bahahaha.

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At Renew, we use the new year as not only a time to make exciting new plans, but as a time to reflect. We like to sit down with our team and look at what we have achieved over the past year, and what we can work on in the coming year. In business there is always something to work on. We like to keep our finger on the pulse of the latest technology, products and techniques to make sure our customers are getting what they deserve – the best!

2017 was fantastic year for Renew, especially for return custom and customer feedback. Customer feedback is gold for any business from a quick comment on Facebook, to an email that we can share on our website. 99% of our feedback is excellent but we are all human and mistakes can be made. We pride ourselves on our honesty and if a mistake has been made, we make sure to sit down, work out what went wrong and rectify it immediately!

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They recommend to write down your New Year’s resolutions (whoever they actually are) They also say you’ll stick to them better. We find that works best for us too. We like to see it all in black and white, what we plan to achieve and look at them over the year to make sure we’re on track. There is nothing worse than the deflating feeling of a forgotten resolution. A slap in the middle of a mediocre day, like when you reach for your bank card and instead pull out your gym membership. A smiling face so full of hope staring back at you. Write down your resolutions, hang them where you can see them and let the guilt eat at you, until you’ve achieved each one!

The common thread that runs through most people’s resolutions, is things that have been put off. A lot of our calls to Renew in January is jobs like curtain cleaning and tile and grout. Jobs that seem like a big hassle, even if someone else is doing them! Customers are always delighted, commenting afterwards – ‘that’s another thing of the list.’

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We can’t help with your plan for eating healthy, joining a gym or becoming a millionaire in 2018 but we can help with making your home clean and healthy.

So, if your new years resolution is to stop putting things off, like those ‘big jobs’ at home, than give Renew a shout and that’s one resolution ticked off your list.

Dust mites in your Carpets and Upholstery

Okay, so this scare-factor article may seem more fitting for Halloween than Christmas, but with lots of our customers asking for advice on combating dust mites – we just had to talk about them.

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Ignorance is bliss for those who don’t suffer from dust mite allergies. They can pretend that dust mites don’t actually exist, which is easy enough to do as they’re microscopic. Unlike the rest of us, who are left sneezing, coughing and scratching with just the thought of them… knowing how to reduce them in the home is key!

Dust mites: What you need to know (even if you don’t want to)

Dust mites live in dark, warm and moist places. If it’s cosy, dust mites love it! Carpet, mattresses, upholstery and rugs…they thrive in it all. They love to hide in dust, especially dusty upholstery! They feed off your dead skin, which accumulates most in places you relax as that’s where it’s concentrated. On average, people shed up to 10 grams of skin a week, so we really are an ‘all you can eat buffet’ for these creepy crawlies!

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Dust mites and allergies

Those who are allergic to dust mites are allergic to their faeces, which after feeding off your dead skin they will poo everywhere. Dust mites can poo up to 20 times a day. After breathing in these faeces symptoms will flare up in allergy suffers, causing a reaction…You may feel you’re having one just reading this.

Dust mite allergies are more common in vulnerable people such as the elderly and young children. Symptoms include coughing, runny nose, itching of the nose, eyes and throat and congestion. More serious reactions is difficulty in breathing and Asthma.

Homes with high levels of dust mites can cause previously non-allergic people to have a reaction.

Dust mites and professional Carpet cleaning

Having your carpets, mattresses and upholstery professionally cleaned regularly will help control dust mite allergies in your home. Dust mite allergies and asthma can go hand and hand, so it’s important to keep the little gritters at bay to avoid flare ups.

Along with calling in the professionals to clean those dust mite hot spots, there are things you can do yourself in your home, such as…

  • Wash bed linen weekly on a hot wash
  • Change pillows every six months
  • Avoid wall to wall carpeting – concrete flooring is a stylish and healthy alternative to carpets. For more information on concrete flooring check out

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Help is at hand with Renew Carpet Cleaning

Renew carpet cleaning can remove up 98% of dust mites from your beds, mattress and upholstery.

To find out more about how Renew can help with dust mites and other allergens in your home, contact us today

How often should carpets be Professionally Cleaned?

How often should I have my carpets professionally cleaned, is the million dollar question…and can often feel like that when you’re quoted crazy prices. At Renew, we offer exceptional carpet cleaning at fair prices so when it is time to book a cleaning, it feels like money well spent!

So the answer…

We recommend having your carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year and believe it’s pivotal in obtaining a clean and healthy home. Although there are some exceptions, and if you find yourself pondering if your carpets need to be cleaned, you should consider the following:

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Grand Central Station

If you have a busy household and your carpet carries a lot of heavy traffic, then having them professionally cleaned every six months is a good idea. These carpets will usually be prone to more staining, therefore once they’ve been professionally cleaned it’s important to have a protective treatment applied afterwards. This will build a barrier and protect the carpet fibres, making it easier to maintain them yourself and help protect against future staining.

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The Baby Trail

Babies are great, they like to save you the trouble of hiring a carpet cleaner by doing the job themselves with their tongue. They also love nothing more than exploring their surroundings and a plush carpet can be the perfect playground. Although carpets can endure a lot when a baby is around, dirty carpets can in turn be a danger to them – harbouring all sorts of germs and bacteria.To ensure both your carpets keep their longevity and more importantly are healthy for your family, then regular professional cleaning is essential.  If you have a toddler who is potty training, it’s best to wait until they’re fully trained before booking your carpet cleaning…for obvious reasons!


Doctor’s orders

Carpets can attract dust and allergens that hoovering alone can’t remove. These can build up over time and trigger reactions in allergy suffers such as Asthma and sensitive skin conditions. Renew remove 98% of all allergens from carpets, leaving them both clean and healthy. We don’t replace these allergens with any nasties either, using only Eco-Friendly products to achieve our amazing results. Even clean looking carpets can be a danger field, so if you’re asking yourself do you need to book a cleaning? then the answer is most likely a yes!

Pet Peeves

None of us like to think of our furry family members using our beloved carpets as their toilet, but it happens…often daily. Some pets are so kind as to use the same spot over and over, so you don’t have to follow the smell. Even if you do clean up their mess straight away, the smell can linger long after you’ve put the rubber gloves away. So, if you don’t want to be that person with the ‘wee smelling house’ you need to have your carpets professionally cleaned at least twice a year. If a bacterial stain such as animal feces has been left, best to call in the professionals to have it removed so it doesn’t become a health hazard.

 How often should I clean carpets

For those people who don’t smoke, own pets, children, and generally levitate around their homes they can get away with longer periods between professional cleaning. However, we wouldn’t recommend leaving it too long. Many people don’t know that carpets are a lot like humans and can get tired from doing nothing. To keep carpets looking vibrant, not to mention extend their live span a professionally cleaning even once a year is a must!

Renew are currently offering 10% OFF all carpet cleaning this Christmas, when you follow us on Facebook and mention the Facebook when booking.

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We love hearing from you, so if you have any questions of your own about carpet cleaning, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us

5 Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company for your Business

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Customer satisfaction, productivity and employee’s well-being are among the top priorities for any successful business. Hiring a commercial cleaning company can play a big role in not only achieving these important goals, but in maintaining them.

In a busy work place, employers and employees are often so caught up looking after their customer’s needs that standards can slip when it comes to cleanliness. Hoovering, emptying bins and cleaning toilets can seem adequate hygiene measures in the daily running of your business. However, like your home your business also needs regular deep cleaning in order to keep it clean, healthy and maintained to a high standard. The only way to achieve this is by calling in the professionals…

Below are our Top 5 Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Cleaning Company for your business. We think you’ll be surprised!


  1. Customer Satisfaction

In today’s competitive world, customers don’t have to settle for a company they’re not entirely happy with. The appearance of your business no matter what type you’re in, leaves a lasting impression on your customer. Grubby carpets, couches and tile & grout can be an instant deterrent. Taking pride in your company’s appearance will give a customer confidence that you also take pride in the services and products you provide. Having a clean, fresh smelling and welcoming environment will make a customer want to stay longer thus spend more money! An overall good experience will also make them more likely to recommend your business to their family and friends, which is an invaluable form of marketing.


  1. Increased Productivity

Although it’s hard to admit, your work place can become your second home. This is also true for your employees. As so much time is spent in the work place, it’s important that it’s cared for and maintained to the standards of a much loved home. Taking pride in your company’s appearance will not only set a good example for your employees, but will help motivate them too. Providing a clean and healthy work place, lets employees know you care not only about your business, but about them and value the work that they do. Employees that feel valued, happy and comfortable in their work place tend to be more productive.


  1. Healthy Working Environment

Carpets and upholstery are like a magnet for bugs and bacteria. Even clean looking carpets and upholstery can be harbouring nasty germs and allergens. These can trigger headaches, asthma and other illnesses among employees. This in turn increases sick leave and loss of productivity. Having your business cleaned regularly by a commercial cleaning company will remove these allergens and bacteria. This will also increase indoor air quality, making it a safer place for your employees to work.


  1. Cost Effective

Hiring a commercial cleaning company can in fact save you money in the long run. They will not only maintain the aesthetic of your carpets, upholstery and tiles & grout but will also increase their life span. These can be expensive to replace so good maintenance is key to their longevity.


  1. Professional Service

Commercial cleaning companies are professionals just like you. They have the knowledge, skills and equipment that will achieve results that regular cleaning just can’t. To ensure your business is cleaned and maintained to the highest standards and that you get to avail of all of the above benefits – hiring the right company is imperative. Once you do, you’ll never look back!

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At Renew, we look after some of the biggest businesses in Ireland. We pride ourselves on our excellent cleaning services and fair prices. To find out more or to book with us, please contact us here