Stain Removal 101: How to Clean Common Stains





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Published on Oct 2, 2015

Grass stains, wine stains, blood stains, oh my! Ever lost your carpet or favorite clothes to a stainy tragedy? Never again! Let's discuss the surprising ways to clean and remove the world's most dastardly and common stains!

Article on ink stains: http://housekeeping.about.com/od/stai...

Some general tips to getting stains out:
Tip #1: The sooner you try removing laundry stains, the better. Remember: “New stains wash out. Old stains set in.”
Tip #2: Regular detergent plus hot water removes lots of stains.
Tip #3: Create a stain removal basket to keep all your laundry stain removal supplies in. This includes many of the items you may find around your house anyway:
Acetone (nail polish remover)
Chlorine bleach
Color bleach
Enzyme pretreatment sprays
Eye dropper
Hydrogen peroxide
Liquid laundry detergent
Rubbing alcohol
Soft brush
Spot remover or other solvent
Spray bottles
White vinegar

Tip #4: If you’re afraid to ruin the garment, test the stain treatment product in a hidden area of the garment first.
Tip #5: Check for stains three different times during the laundry cycle.
1. Check for stains while gathering and sorting laundry so you can pretreat immediately.
2. Check again right before you put the clothes in the washing machine – you may have missed something the first time around.
3. Check one more time before putting the clothes in the dryer. Once they are dried, the heat will set any stains you missed or didn’t come out on the first try.
Tip #6: Never mix ammonia with white vinegar or chlorine bleach. Either combination can create hazardous fumes.
The University of Illinois has a searchable database on stain solutions from A to Z. It covers carpets, upholstery, and washable fabrics for common stains like wine and grass to uncommon stains like ashes and cough syrup.

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