Your business tip of the month: Easy fixes for business place mishaps

posted on 26/02/2015 00:00:00 by David Pallant

Scratched wood, leaking pens and greasy clothes. Rid yourself of these nightmare business place scenarios with a ten pound note - and a little elbow grease.

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We're taking our saving tip in a different - and more practical - direction this month.

Hands up if you hate looking unprofessional when you get pen marks on your clothes, or when you move furniture around and scratch your wood floors?

We thought so. That's why we've found cost-effective fixes for four common business place mishaps. All you need to prepare for them is a tenner.

Now you can save yourself from the financial headache of getting things cleaned, repaired or replaced.

Click a link to find out the fix:

Permanent marker on a Dry Wipe Board:

Have you ever written on a Dry Wipe Board (or a whiteboard) and then realised you’d used a permanent marker? One simple trick and you’ll save every board you 'ruin'.

Scratches on your wooden tables and floors:

If you have wooden floors at your place of business, you’ll know how quickly they get scuffed and scratched by chairs and tables being moved around. You can make your floor pristine again - and it’ll only cost £1.

Ink stains on your clothing:

Do you hate throwing out shirts or blouses because they’ve got a big ink stain on them? We’ll with a little elbow grease and a couple of quid you can save your shirts from early retirement.

Grease marks on your clothing:

If you work with your hands (such as in a factory, garage or art studio), you can often find greasy hand smudges left on your clothing by accident. Keep your clothes in good working order with our simple suggestion.

Permanent marker on a Dry Wipe Board:

Permanent Marker

Step 1:

This fix is easy - I mean, ridiculously easy! Find the pen you were supposed to use on the board – this’ll be either a non-permanent marker or a Dry Wipe Board Marker pen. If you don’t have any, you can pick some up for £1.50 quite easily.

Step 2:

Write over the permanent scribbles with the non-permanent marker. Cover the original pen marks completely.

Step 3:

Simply wipe off – this should remove both sets of ink, leaving your board spotless. Repeat if necessary, until fully removed.

 

Scratches on your wooden tables and floors:

Scratched Wood

Step 1:

Buy some walnut halves. Yes, walnut halves. You can easily pick them up from a supermarket or grocers for £1.

Step 2:

Rub the walnut against the scratch or scuff. You’ll get the best results by rubbing in a circular motion.

Step 3:

After you’ve coated the scratch or scuff with walnut, leave it for 30 minutes (this will allow the oils from the walnut to seep into the wood).

Step 4:

Use a cloth to polish the area and remove the excess walnut. The scratches should now be invisible.

 

Ink stains on your clothing:

Ink stainPlease note: You should only attempt this with washable fabrics.

Step 1:

Buy some hairspray. You can pick up a spray can for less than £1. For this particular purpose, the cheaper option is better as it will probably have a higher alcohol content.

Step 2:

Spray the stain with hairspray. Make sure you really coat the stain well.

Step 3:

With a damp cloth, blot the stain - this means pressing down and then pulling away. Don’t rub it, that’ll make the stain worse.

Step 4:

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until the stain is completely removed. Depending on the extent of the stain, this could be quick or it might take a while (I did say about needing elbow grease earlier).

Step 5:

Wash the item of clothing. Once dried (and ironed) it should be suitable for wearing again.

 

Grease marks on your clothing:

Grease stain Please note: You should only attempt this with washable fabrics.

Step 1:

Buy White Vinegar and washing up liquid. You can pick up the dish-washing liquid for around £1, but you’ll probably have to blow half of your £10 budget on the White Vinegar. Handily, you can buy White Vinegar in a spray designed specifically for cleaning.

Step 2:

If you can, turn your clothing inside out and coat the entire stain with dish-washing liquid. If the liquid is not clear, dilute it with a little water so that it doesn’t turn your clothes a different colour.

Step 3:

Massage the dish-washing liquid into the grease. You should see the grease dissolve. If the grease has already set hard, use a brush.

Step 4:

Rinse the entire stain with White Vinegar. You may need to do it more than once to get a serious stain out.

Step 5:

Wash your clothes as usual. The stain should be gone after the wash – if not, repeat steps 2 to 5 until it is.

David Pallant

David Pallant is a Content Producer at Make It Cheaper, which means he could be responsible for producing content for just about anything we need. Emails, blogs, posters and social media posts are just some of the ways that David has produced content for Make It Cheaper. Having spent five years working in the insurance industry, he knows how important it is to write clear and engaging messages that anyone can understand.You can email David at david.pallant@makeitcheaper.com

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