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Basic Stain Removal Tips: Prevent Damage to Carpet and Clothing

Even if you don’t have children or pets, no one’s perfect. Thus, there will come a time in your life where stain removal or spot treatment tricks will come in handy, even if you try everything you can do to prevent them. Whether your guest spills wine on your ivory carpet or your dog get mud stains on your favorite piece of clothing, knowing how to start cleaning quickly (and properly) is important if you want to remove the stain effectively.

Stains involving blood, grease or wax can be challenging but knowing how to treat the stain can help you save your valuable clothes or furniture. While many products like OxiClean are effective for many stain removal situations, sometimes simple items like laundry detergent, vinegar or bleach are more effective. Use these at home care tips for basic stain removal to get stains out of almost any fabric.

Ink Stain Removal

Ink stains can be some of the most difficult stains to treat and can damage clothing or furniture quickly. If the ink is water based, you may be able to apply water to the stain and blot it clean with a dry cloth. However, if the ink was permanent you may need to apply rubbing alcohol to the stain, fingernail polish on the stain or baking soda (mixed with water).

How to Remove a Lipstick Stain

Lipstick is waxy and oily, and can leave a nasty stain on clothing. To remove, begin by pretreating the spot with a stain remover, like Resolve. After letting it sit for several hours, or overnight, scrub with full strength laundry detergent until the stain appears to be lifted. Use bleach on whites, color safe bleach on other clothing. Rinse, and then wash the garment in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. Repeat if necessary. Do not put the garment in the dryer until you are sure the stain is removed, or it will become permanently set.

Removing a Makeup Stain from Clothing

Removing makeup stains is something every woman who wears makeup will have to do, on more than one occasion. While there are different types of makeup, and some are more oily than others, there are a few things you can do to remove the stain. First, be sure to act quickly. The longer that the makeup stays on the clothing, the more likely it is to permanently stain the fabric. If there is any excess makeup that can be scraped off, start there. Then, apply a pretreatment, like Shout or Resolve, to the stain. White vinegar can also help to remove many non-oily stains. Let that sit for a few hours, then rinse. Follow by using full strength laundry soap and scrubbing the spot until the stain is lifted. Rinse, then wash the garment in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. Repeat this process if necessary, before putting the clothing in the dryer. If the stain is not fully removed, drying it can cause it to permanently set.

Pet Stain Removal

There’s nothing worse than dealing with urine pet stains in your home or on your carpet. You may have tried every product offered at your local pet store, but experts claim they are not likely any better than using a solution with half lemon juice and half water on the stains. Not only will the homemade solution remove the stain but will also leave it fresh and odorless.

Rust Stain Removal

Rust stains on clothing can be annoying and bothersome. While stain experts reveal the easiest way to get rid of a rust stain is to treat it with a commercial rust stain remover, they claim that in a pinch you can effectively use lemon juice (citric acid) or white vinegar (acetic acid). Some also claim rhubarb stalks can effectively get rust stains out of clothing. However, for rhubarb to be used you must cut them, boil them and let them sit for 15 minutes after boiling before using the mixture.

Grout Stain Removal

Real estate experts will confirm dirty kitchen or bathroom grout is not only unattractive but it can lower the value of a home and make it almost impossible to sell in many cases. However, while many homeowners are quick to care for carpet stains or clothing stains, they neglect to worry about grout stains. For grout stain removal, be sure to start by cleaning up noticeable debris. Create a solution with one part detergent (laundry detergent is fine) and four parts warm water. Wet the grout with the solution and using a cleaning brush or old toothbrush, scrub the grout area. After the grout has been scrubbed, simply rinse the grout will a cloth or mop.

It’s a great idea to keep these basic stain removal items in your home, in case a stain situation does occur. In most cases, the longer the stain is left alone, the more challenging it will be for you to remove it completely from your carpet, clothing or furniture. So, be prepared for any type of stain and act fast!


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