Stubborn Stain Removal Tips

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Some stains are tougher to get rid of than others, but it’s always worth reading up on how to remove the most stubborn stains rather than simply bidding well to your favourite garments or furniture items. Stains can occur for many reasons, including slips, careless eating, spillages and much more. Whatever the nature of your stain is, you may well be able to remove it if you’re prepared to invest the time and effort into doing so.

Red Wine Stains

You have a much bigger chance of removing your stain if you act quickly. If you are planning on using a stain removing product, find a small area of the garment and check for colourfastness. If this doesn’t seem to be a problem, it’s time to start beating the stain. Many stains occur when red wine is spilt. You will need a dry-cleaning solvent to attack a red wine stain if it has occurred on dry clean only fabric, but if you’re treating washable fabric, you can pre-treat it with a laundry stain remover before washing it as you normally would.

Grass and Chocolate Stains

One of the most effective ways to remove grass strains is to use a stain stick. Stain sticks are rich in enzymes and can stop the stains from setting into the material. Once you have applied the stick to the stain, you can blot it into the stain. Chocolate can be very problematic, but solutions are available. You will need to wait for it to harden before you apply treatment. Once this occurs, you can remove it gently with a knife or spoon and attack the stain with a dry-cleaning stain and blot it with your finger. You then need to rinse the stain with warm water. Repeat the steps if you need to until you have achieved the desired result.

Blood, Coffee and Ink Stains

Blood stains need to be treated quickly so they don’t set. You can flush cold water over them and blot them with the tips of your fingers. If this doesn’t work, you can use a dry-cleaning solvent or a laundry stain remover if the fabric is washable. To attack a coffee stain, saturate it with a laundry stain remover and wash it in water. A liquid dishwashing detergent may be sufficient if the remover is not available. Believe it or not, you can remove ink with hairspray. Put a clean cloth underneath the stain and let the spray soak into the stain for a few moments. Blot the stain with a different clean cloth, repeating the steps as much as necessary before cleaning the garment as normal.

Don’t tumble dry until stain is gone

When you retrieve items from the washing machine, check to see if the stain is gone. You may wish to rewash them if the stain is still visible when the garments are dry. Don’t use a tumble dryer until the stain is gone as the heat from your machine can cause the stain to set in, making it irremovable.

Get in touch

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