We can start making examples for thousands of situations that only prove that stains are part of our lives and they are an integral part of our lives. Stains happen all the time and anywhere, even to the best of us. But there is no point of proving that, because if you a human being that is at least one day old, then you already know the deal with stains and how annoying they are in their ambition to ruin this new shirt for work, or the carpet, or the beautiful dress, or these very expensive curtains, rugs, upholstery pieces, mats, bedding, laundry, place anything fabric-related in here. So instead of thinking philosophic of skills and telling you that they are part of life, we prefer to help you with the ultimate stain removal and upholstery cleaning guide to making stains apart your life.
- Clothing – As it is with most of the stains, blood stains have to be treated immediately, or as soon as possible, but definitely before they set in, otherwise they get way harder to get rid of. Start by blotting the excess blood gently, but never scrub and rub intensively, otherwise you risk the blood spreading and the stain getting wider. Then soak in cold water with a bit of dishwashing detergent or shampoo added to it. Scrub gently and if this doesn’t work for removing the stain entirely, wet the affected area further with hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia, then rinse with cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can soak for 15 minutes in a solution of 1-quart lukewarm water, ½ teaspoon liquid hand soap and 1 tablespoon ammonia.
- Carpet – Use cold water and a sponge to scrub gently from the outside in, once the excess blood is removed and spreading of the stain is prevented. Next, you can blot dry. Alternatively, you can sprinkle the stain with pepsin powder or spreading a thick layer of raw starch and water over it, then brush off the excess, when it is dry and repeat if needed.
Candle wax stains
- Clothing and fabrics – Place the garment in the freezer if possible and wait until the wax is frozen. Next, pull the wax off the garment. If there is any residue left, you can treat it by placing the affected area between two pieces of white blotting paper and press with a warm iron to make the paper absorb the excess.
- Carpet, rugs, runners – Use an ice cube or anything frozen to freeze and harden wax, then gently pull the wax off. Use a small amount of specially designed for carpets cleaner to remove any residue left.
Pet urine stains
- Clothing and fabrics – When it comes to pet urine, the smell is worse than the stain, so you can treat the smell by normal laundering. Remember to treat it as soon as possible, because if the pet urine sets, the stain may cause discolouration or destroy the fabric.
- Carpets, rugs, runners – Pet urine is one of the toughest stains and smells to get rid of your carpet. The stain is most probably gone when you treat it with a usual carpet cleaner, but the smell remains often, so be sure to search for a cleaner that also neutralises nasty and strong smells, or sprinkles your carpet with baking soda to neutralise the smell.
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