Do you have to struggle with removing stains from your clothes and carpets? Have you tried ways to get rid of them, but in vain? Household stains can be caused by various substances such as oil, blood, dye, cold drink and grease. They need to be treated differently for getting rid of them quickly.
Here are some tips and tricks that can do wonders with your household stains. It’s best to go for the household stains as soon as they are observed.
- Food: If it’s a fresh food stain, it is a good idea to hold it under running water. Don’t smudge or try to wipe it off with a tissue or another piece of cloth, it will spread and get worse.
- Blood: If it’s a blood stain, first hold it under running water. Then take a mix of a small quantity of salt in a bowl of water, and soak cloth for half hour or so. You will be able to scrub off the blood stain with a gentle brush.
- Grease: A grease stain will require more effort to be removed. Try dusting the stain with talcum powder (or baby powder if that’s all you have handy) for a few hours then scrub off the grease from the cloth.
- Miscellaneous stains on clothes: If you have a bunch of clothes that have been stained, put them all in a washing machine with your regular washing soap and a can full of Coca Cola (or another brand of cola). Rumor has it that most of the stains will have disappeared by the time the clothes are dried.
- Oil: If it is a stubborn stain, caused by a substance such as oil, then you need to use a strong detergent and a keep brushing the area under running warm water.
- Dye: Some stubborn stains, such as one caused by a dye, will require different treatment. You can use a small quantity of vinegar or soda on the cloth and leave it for a while. Then scrub it off with a brush.
- Liquid on carpet: If someone has spilled a liquid on the carpet, blot the carpet with paper napkins until the most of the liquid has been absorbed. Pour cold water on the carpet and repeat the blotting procedure until the stain has disappeared.
- Wax or gum: If it’s wax or some sort of gum you are trying to get rid of, you will need to place it in the freezer until it hardened, and then peel it off. If the gum is on the carpet, use an ice cube to freeze the area, then chip or peel off.
Has your stain disappeared by performing one of the above tips, but the smell has still remained? Try soaking the cloth in vinegar for some time and then wash it off; usually, that will eliminate the odor.
There are many tips for household stain removal, but these basics should get you started. If you have other great tips for removing stains, let us know in the comments!