13 Stubborn Stains and How to Remove Them
Many different stains can be a pain to remove from different surfaces. From coffee stain to ink stain, you can be stuck with a mess that’s difficult to remove. You don’t have to throw out your valuable furniture or expensive clothes out because you don’t know how to remove a particular stain. Let’s look at 13 stubborn stains and how to remove them.
- Grass. To remove grass stain pre-treat the stain using a stain treatment or detergent that is placed on the grass stain. Rub the fabric together where the treatment was applied, but do not wash off the detergent. Simply put it in the wash when you do your regular load of laundry. If the color is not completely gone after the wash cycle, use diluted white vinegar to get rid of the remaining pigment.
- Red Wine. Cover the fresh stain with a generous amount of table salt based on the size of the stain to absorb the color. The red should fade into a pink shade. Place the stained garment in cold water treated with an enzyme detergent overnight. Machine wash the garment following the overnight soak (hot water if suitable for fabric).
- Chocolate. Using Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid, pre-treat the stain by applying an ample amount of the solution directly to the excess chocolate stain. Gently rub the fabric together where you applied the solution, then let it sit between five and ten minutes. Wash the pre-treated item as normal.
- Chewing Gum. Pre-treat the affected area with hot vinegar and let it soak for one to three minutes. Gently loosen the gum using a soft toothbrush dipped in vinegar and repeat the pre-treatment until the gum has been entirely removed. Wash in a normal cycle.
- Fruit Juice. Dilute the stain by rinsing the garment in cold water. Apply a stain lifting detergent onto the juice stain, completely covering it and let it soak for roughly 15 to 20 minutes. Add to your regular wash cycle with pre-treatment.
- Coffee. Before applying a stain lifting laundry detergent onto the stain, run cold water over it for a minute. After applying the detergent, rub the treated area of the fabric together, then let soak for a minute. Add the pre-treated item to your regular wash cycle.
- Mud. It’s best to let the mud dry before brushing away as much as possible. Add gentle laundry detergent to the stained area and let it soak for about 5 minutes. Use a soft, wet toothbrush to scrub the stain on both sides of the fabric before washing separately in a normal cycle.
- Grease. It’s best to rinse the stain immediately with cold water after an accident. Treat the grease with Dawn dishwashing detergent, rubbing over the entire stained area, allowing it to set for a few minutes. Wash garment on the normal cycle.
- Ink. Place a sheet of paper towel under the ink stain and spray the stained areas with hairspray until saturated. Let it sit for a few seconds before blotting the ink stain with a clean sheet of paper towel. Repeat the process as needed.
- Blood. As soon as possible, soak the blood-stained fabric in cold water and rub the affected area with your fingers. Change water as needed. Remove from cold water and treat with stain-releasing detergent and let soak for five minutes. Put the pre-treated garment in a normal wash cycle.
- Perspiration. Treat with a pre-wash stain remover and let soak as instructed. Add enzyme detergent and oxygen bleach to hot water and wash the pre-treated item.
- Ketchup and Other Tomato-Based Substances. If possible, immediately rinse stain under cold running water for a minute. Using a dishwashing soap-soaked sponge, dab the affected area. Soar in warm water for 30 minutes, then rinse.
- Crayons. Chill the crayon wax with an ice cube, then gently scrape the wax away with a dull knife. Apply a stain-removing detergent to the stained area and let sit for 15 minutes. Spray with a lubricant if the crayon stain is still in the fabric, then rinse thoroughly.
You don’t have to be stuck with stubborn stains, and you can preserve your belonging with a few useful tips.