The key to dealing with any stain is to act fast! If you leave a stain to dry out, it will become very difficult to shift later on, and if it’s on your brand new carpet or jeans, you will probably have to pay professionals to get rid of them. Below are a few tips on how to deal with the most common stains, as well as useful household items that can be used and are not only cheap but effective.
Things to have on hand for stain removal
Two very useful everyday items to have in your kitchen to deal with stains are salt and baking soda. These two powders are very useful for general cleaning, but can really limit and even completely remove a stain if applied to it quickly.
The same method can be used for both – simply apply a generous amount not only to the stained area but the area around it, then leave the salt or baking soda to do it’s work for around 10 minutes. Even if you don’t entirely remove the stain, then you will have severely limited the damage. For lesser stains this will normally do the job completely.
Having some white vinegar on hand is also useful. Again this can be used for general purpose cleaning and is very cheap, but also great for tackling certain stains.
Red wine stains
Nothing can potentially ruin your dinner party faster than a red wine stain, but there are very effective ways of removing it provided you deal with it quickly. Surprisingly, one of the best antidotes to a red wine stain is white wine. Simply splash a generous amount of white onto your stain and give it a few minutes, and it should completely remove it from your carpet or clothing.
Salt is also useful here too. If you have coarse salt, it will work even better. Again, simply apply generously as soon as possible to the affected area.
Grass can be tough to get out, because it often gets deep into the fibres of any material. Speed is once again of the essence here, and warm water and a thorough scrub will often do the trick if you’re fast.
If the stains are a little older, or you couldn’t get to them right away (often the case with children’s clothes), then you can instead simply combine some baking soda and white vinegar, until you have a paste like consistency. Apply this to the stain and give it a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly, and you should have dispersed the stain altogether.
The combination of baking soda and white vinegar works wonders on coffee stains too. The sooner you can get the mixture onto the stain the better, and make sure to leave it for a few minutes to get to work properly. Once done, it’s best to wash whatever was stained in the washing machine.
Whether it’s a drop of blood from a shaving cut or a graze or nose bleed, blood can be tricky to remove. The best thing to do with blood stains is to always use cold water first. Hot or warm will simply set the blood making it harder to get out of your clothes or carpet. Use a combination of salt and cold water for larger stains.
Other general tips
Generally, these approaches should be successful, but if you need a little extra power in your stain removal mixture, then swap the baking soda for a small amount of detergent or similar substance. Simply follow the same approach as you would with any other mixture, and leave to work for a few minutes. Giving the stained item spin in the washing machine can often help shift a stubborn stain too. Another good powerful alternative is window cleaner, but only use a small amount.
This is a guest post written for Review Centre by Grace. Read more tips at Domestic Cleaning Manor House.