Finding a new stain on your carpet or your favorite T-shirt can be a nightmare, but with a little effort, most can be entirely removed. Many people will give up after trying one method to remove the stain but do not realize that stains can vary substantially. As such, it can be helpful to know the right method to get rid of the specific stain you are dealing with. Here are 5 of the most frequent stains and how best to get rid of them.
Blood is a notoriously difficult substance to remove from surfaces because of how quickly it dries. This is a particularly common issue for clothing, as a small cut can easily end up staining the clothes you are wearing if you’re not careful. For both clothes and carpet stains, the best solution to use to treat the stain is cold water, ammonia, and hydrogen peroxide. Most commercially sold stain removers contain both of the latter ingredients.
Coffee is a very common stain but fortunately, it is also one of the easiest to remove. Unlike other substances such as blood and wine, coffee doesn’t tend to stain substances too deeply, so most widely available stain removers should be suitable. One important thing you should remember when treating many stains, though, is to use cold water, as hot water can end up causing the stain to set in some cases.
Red wine, like blood, is typically thought of as one of the worst possible stains to encounter. Yet, it can actually be quite easy to remove, if you know the correct process. In fact, in many instances, all you’ll need is some salt. For carpet stains, you should first blot the stain, then apply salt to the stained area. Once you have left the salt for a few minutes, you can then simply vacuum the area to remove the stain. The process is similar for clothes, although instead uses salt and hot water. For particularly damaging carpet stains, you may also consider hiring home carpet cleaning services to remove the stain entirely.
If you’re dealing with a grease stain, the key ingredient you’ll need for removing it is dish soap. Since it is designed to remove grease, a solution using dish soap should normally do the trick. For clothes, working dish soap into the stain and then washing the item as normal should remove the stain. Meanwhile, for carpets, try applying a solution of water and dish soap for several minutes, before blotting the area with an absorbent cloth.
Chocolate, because it can solidify after being spilled, is particularly stubborn. To start with, you should always try to remove as much of the chocolate as possible using a knife. The more you scrape away, the easier it will be to remove the stain. Applying commercial stain removers should then lift the stain out once you have left it there for several minutes, though for clothes, you may need to wash the item multiple times.
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