Today we are continuing our guide series on how to remove all sorts of stains out of all types of fabrics and textures around the house. We want to help you get rid of all possible stains before they get permanent and ruin the look of your beloved possessions. We share our professional experience and knowledge to help you find the best solution to your stain removal problem and we make sure to recommend you the usage of products you most probably already have around the house and are very effective in fighting stains from all sorts without ruining fabrics.
Without further ado, let’s find out how to remove stains:
How to remove chocolate stains
- Clothing and fabrics - Before doing anything else and attacking the stain, allow the chocolate to harden and then gently scrape off as much as possible. Next, apply just a drop of laundry detergent or mild dishwashing soap and rub the stain gently. Next, launder the garment according to the label directions. If there is a stain remaining after laundering, then use a small amount of colour-safe bleach on the stain or normal bleach for white clothes and re-launder.
- Carpets, rugs, runners - Once again, allow the chocolate stain to harden. You can use an ice cube to make the process faster and once the chocolate is hard, gently scrape off as much chocolate as possible. Then mix a few drops of dishwashing detergent with 3 cups of warm water and start blotting the stain gently, working from the outside in and do not scrub it intensively, otherwise you risk the stain to spread around. Next, use a paper towel or a dry sponge to blot the treated area and blot dry. If there is any soapy residue left, you can rinse with clean water to remove the detergent. Once again, remember that while rinsing you have to work from outside in. Alternatively, you can cover the affected area with a paper towel and gently iron the area (always use the lowest setting to prevent damaging the texture). The heat from the iron should melt the remaining chocolate and it will stain up the paper towel.
How to remove coffee and tea stains
- Clothing and fabrics – Remember that treating the stain immediately is the most effective thing to do for removing it completely and successfully. If attacked immediately, sometimes even cold water running is going to remove the coffee or tea stain left. If this method does not work, you can try rubbing liquid laundry detergent and a few drops of cold water on the stain. Then let it soak for a few minutes and if the stain appears to be really stubborn and annoying, then let it soak for longer, up to 30 minutes is ok. Then launder the garment as it is required on the label and if any remains, try bleaching it in the sun. Use colour-safe bleach for colourful clothes and normal bleach for whites.
- Carpet, rug, runner – First things first, be sure to immediately blot the affected area with a paper towel to remove any excess that is a risk for the stain spreading out. Spay cold water during the stay and continue blotting. If you work fast, this is just enough to remove the stain entirely. If the stain is more stubborn than you expect, then mix 1 teaspoon of mild detergent with 1 cup of lukewarm water and blot the area with a clean cloth or paper towel. You can also mix 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup lukewarm water and blot the affected area.
How to remove fruit juice stains
- Clothes and fabrics – Treat the affected area as quickly as you can and pour hot water over. If the stain remains, then rub the stain with a cut lemon or lemon juice and allow it to soak for around 30 minutes. Then rinse with cold water and let dry, then you can launder as usual.
- Carpets, rugs, runners – Blot up the excess juice as much as possible to remove excess and then moisten a clean cloth with a cleaning solution. You can use cleaning solutions such as mild detergent mixed with white vinegar and cold water, or baking soda mixed with cold water, or 3% hydrogen peroxide and then ammonia for cranberry juice stains. Press the moistened cloth over the affected area and press gently. Repeat with a clean cloth if needed.
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