How To Get Rid Of Different Stubborn Stains

Whether you stumble upon them on your furniture or they’re embedded in your clothes, battling stains is no fun. Even less when they are the stubborn type, as those stains need unique methods or an extra bit of time and effort to remove them.

For those times when the regular soap just won’t do the trick, we’ve got tried and tested techniques to make those stubborn stains surrender without a fuss!

Before starting

It is crucial you know that the wrong water temperature can screw things up—it could either ruin the removal process or the surface you’re dealing with.

Take delicate stuff like satin, silk, wool, and even wood, for instance. Cold water is the go-to move for handling them without causing chaos. Also, don’t even think about using hot water on organic stains; it’ll make them set on surfaces (especially fabrics) like a tattoo.

Bonus tip: If you’re not sure about a fabric, sneak a peek at the washing instructions on the label.

Red wine mishaps

If you spill red wine on your clothes or furniture, you have to act fast! Here’s how

Create a mix with one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water. Then, generously apply the mixture to the stain with a dash of enzymatic laundry soap. Wait three minutes, then throw the fabric in the washing machine with cold water and the same soap.

No machine in sight (or dealing with something too big for it)? No problem. Apply the hydrogen peroxide mix directly, wait three minutes, give the stain a little massage, and rinse with cold water.

Tomato sauce smudges

Dealing with tomato sauce stains can be a bit tricky due to their chemical composition. Whenever you spot one, grab a spoon or dinner knife and scrape off the excess as much as you can.

Next, bring out your cleaner—whether it’s laundry soap, dishwashing liquid, or hand soap—and work the stain, washing it by hand. When you’re done, rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Pro-tip: If possible, toss the stained item in the washing machine with cold water and enzymatic detergent.

Grass or plant stains

Handle grass stains with care because chlorophyll (the green stuff) practically turns them into dye, re-coloring your threads.

Fight back by whipping up a mix of one part baking soda and hydrogen peroxide blended with three parts warm water. Apply it to the stained spot and let it sit for about ten minutes, then hand wash or toss it in the machine with your regular detergent.

Organic accidents

Knowing how to tackle organic stains is especially useful for pet owners dealing with urine, feces, and vomit stains, for example. 

The best way to ensure those pesky stains are completely out is with a product called enzymatic cleaner. These products use friendly bacteria that basically eat away the stains. Simply apply it directly to the spot, following the label’s instructions— remember that warm and hot water are a big no-no!

Pro-tip: For bloodstains, make sure your cleaner contains proteases (check the label).

Paint and ink blots

As these products are designed to set for good wherever they’re used, removing them can be a challenge. Act on them ASAP when you spot one.

Handle them by gently rubbing isopropyl alcohol with a clean cloth and working it into the stain. If it is a large stain, work from the outer ridge to the center to avoid it from spreading. Rinse with cold water, repeat a couple of times, and finish with a heavy-duty laundry detergent wash.

What if the stain refuses to budge?

When it comes to battling stains, speed is key. Even seemingly easy stains can become tricky or permanent over time, no matter how vigorously you scrub.

If you’re dealing with those stubborn stains, don’t push it too far. Going overboard could backfire, causing harm to the fabric or surface you’re trying to save. If you’re feeling bold, proceed with caution!

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