Stain Remover

By Rob Hillman 

Removing Stains – Eliminating Various Types of Stains

In each household, there is at least a single person who always leaves behind spots and stains. This could be a handyman who leaves a trail of grease spots in the attic from the garage, or the toddler who explores independence by using peanut butter to paint the wallpaper. Stains can also be caused by a cook who splatters sauce from the carpet to the ceiling or by a new puppy. Furthermore, treasured and valuable garments can get grass spots, wine stains, or oil spots thus ruining their appearance. This is the reason why removing stains regularly is very important.

Unfortunately, each stain will require to be treated differently. For instance, ketchup on concrete is not treated like ketchup on the carpet. Besides identifying the staining agent, the cleaner has to work on the stain very fast. The longer the stains are set, the harder the task of removing the stain without ruining the garment. Additionally, if the cleaner does not correctly identify the stain, or maybe uses the wrong stain removing technique or agent, the stain may remain permanent or cause more damage to the object. Once the cleaner understands the basic rules of removing stains, then the stains can be dealt with more effectively.

Stains are usually categorized into three types, with each stain requiring a different cleaning procedure. Greasy stains can be caused by cooking and lubricating oils, machine grease, butter or any other substance that produce greasy spots. Sometimes greasy spots can be removed from fabrics that are washable by machine or hand laundering. The spot can be rubbed directly with a small amount of detergent or use a dry cleaning solvent. Furthermore, grease spots can be removed from non-washable fabrics by sponging the stain with a stain-removing product. Absorbent substances like corn meal, corn starch or French chalk can also be used to remove non-greasy stains.

Non greasy spots are mostly caused by materials such as coffee, tea, fruit juice, ink and food coloring. Such stains on washable fabrics can be treated best by quickly sponging the stain using cold water. In case this sponging method does not work, the fabric can be soaked in cold water for half an hour or more. If a little stain remains, a liquid detergent can be rubbed onto the stain and then rinsed with plenty of cold water. Non-greasy stains on non-washable fabrics can be removed by sponging the stain using cold water. The stain can also be removed by placing an absorbent pad beneath the stained spot and pouring water carefully using an eyedropper or a mister.

Combination stains are caused by items such as salad dressing, lipstick and coffee that has cream. These items combine non-greasy and greasy elements. Removing stains such as these may require double treatment. First, the non-greasy part of the stain must be treated before removing the greasy residue. The initial step for treating combination stains is through sponging the stain using cold water, then work with liquid detergent on the stain before rinsing thoroughly. A dry cleaning fluid is then applied using a sponge after the material has dried up, to remove any remaining greasy stain. Allow the cloth to dry and if necessary repeat the procedure using the fluid cleaner. Stain removal can be a simple task as long as one uses the right equipment, detergents and solutions.

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