Aug 13, 2018

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10 Quick Tips in Removing Stains at Home

Stains are an annoying problem that we all face at some point in our lives. Whether you have stains on your floors, spilled on a favorite shirt or even found an unsightly stain on your deck, you have options available to remove the stains at home.

Dab to Remove Excess Liquids

Before you take any measures to remove your stains, dab the area with a paper towel. Dabbing the area allows you to pick up any excess liquid from the fabric, floors or the deck.

Do not rub the area, particularly if you have stains on a carpet, fabric furniture or an article of clothing. Rubbing the stain will cause it to spread. Always focus on gently dabbing the area to limit the spread of liquid or a food item.

Rinse with Water

Stains that do not contain oil or grease benefit from rinsing the area with water. If you have a stain on a piece of furniture or a large item, then use a wash cloth with water and dab the area gently. An article of clothing can rinse directly in your sink or over a bowl.

Keep in mind that some stains may need cold water with others need boiling water. For example, do not rinse a coffee stain with cold water. It will cause your stain to set. Instead, boil water and use the boiling water to rinse the fabric.

Apply a Dish Soap Solution

A dish soap solution works with most stains, particularly if you have grease in the stain. Make a solution by mixing one teaspoon of soap in 10 ounces of water. Apply the solution and then blot the stain. The dish soap helps remove grease and oil from the area.

Mix Toothpaste with Hydrogen Peroxide

If you are unsure about the type of stain, then mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with a dab of any non-gel toothpaste. Apply the paste to the stain and rub the area gently with a soft cloth.

Rinse the area with water. You can repeat the process if the stain remains or you notice that you missed a spot. The solution will remove most stains.

Try High Pressure Cleaning 

Cleaning a stain from your deck or other hard materials can seem complicated. Many common stain removal solutions do not work on hard materials like wood. A solution to help remove a stain without refinishing the entire deck is pressure cleaning.

Use caution when you use a pressure cleaner. Do not put the pressure directly over the stain from a close distance. Keep the nozzle of the pressure cleaner about one to two feet away from the stained area. Gently sweep over the area and stop. Remove excess water and check the stain. If it remains, then repeat the process. Never keep the pressure directly on the stain or use the pressure cleaner close to the area. A little distance and a gentle sweeping motion will prevent accidental damage to your wood or hard surface.

Make Use of Salt

Red wine stains are notoriously difficult to remove. Fortunately, a little salt will go a long way to removing the stain. Sprinkle the salt directly on the stain. Stretch the material over a bowl and then pour boiling water over the area from one foot above the material. If you want to remove wine stains from a couch or other large object, then use the salt and then use hot water on a cloth to gently blot the stain.

Use a Stain Remover

Stain removers are a good solution for many fabrics. Spray the stain remover on the stain and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Rinse the area. If the stain remains, then repeat the process and wash the fabric.

Try Detergent

Detergent is a good solution for stains from chocolate, ice cream or related items. Rinse the fabric and then put the detergent directly on the stain. Rub gently and allow it to sit for a few minutes before you rinse the detergent.

Use White Vinegar

White vinegar is a good option for stains from sauces. If you spill ketchup, mustard or similar sauces on your clothes, then remove the excess sauce and flush the stain with white vinegar. Finish up the stain removal with dish soap and water.

Try Cornstarch

When you spill salad dressing or similar items, you want to pull up the excess oil and dressing. Cornstarch helps you pull up the oil from the fabric and removes the excess liquid. You can then use a stain remover to remove the remaining stains.

Strains are a problem you will face in any home. You may have spills or accidents that leave stains on your clothes, furniture or even your hardwood. By using the right strategies and tools, you can remove the stains and enjoy your home.

Sources:

https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/homemade-stain-removal-solutions/,
https://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/cleaning/more-techniques/how-to-remove-stains,
https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/cleaning/pressure-washer-tips