Stains can be very difficult to get rid of, especially if they have been left for some time to soak into fabric, and unfortunately stains are unavoidable, especially if you have children and pets in your home. Before you start cleaning any stain, you should check to see what the best way to remove the stain is, often scrubbing and rubbing on the stain straight away with water and a cloth will make the stain spread rather than disappear, furthermore using an unsuitable stain remover could actually make the stain permanent rather than get rid of it, damaging the fabric in the process.
Here is how you should best tackle stains:
· If there is anything solid on the stain this should be removed before you tackling the actual stain itself. Use the edge of a knife to scoop up anything solid and remove it, once anything on top of the stain has been removed use a white cloth and some cool water and blot the stain clean, working from the outside of the stain inwards to avoid spreading the stain.
· If you have a stain on some white material or fabric then you can clean the stain away using lemon juice. Slice 2 or 3 lemons and add them to a pot of boiling water, allow the water to boil for a minute or two and then turn the heat off, put the stained fabric into the pot of boiling water and allow it to soak for up to 60 minutes. Take the fabric out of the water and then wash in the washing machine, instead of tumble drying the fabric, dry it in direct sunlight.
· If the stain is particularly oily you should use some corn starch to sprinkle over the stain, leave this on the stain for about 15 minutes until the corn starch has absorbed the oil and then dab the stain with a white and clean cloth and some cool water lightly until the stain is removed. If after the area has dried there is still some stain visible you can repeat this process once more to remove the last of the stain.
· If the stain is particularly greasy the best thing you can use is some baking powder mixed in with a bit of water until it turns into a thick paste. Apply the paste onto the stain and leave it to allow it to break the stain down.
· If you have an ink stain on some material, the way in which you remove this stain greatly depends on the material it is on. For example if you have ink on cotton you should use alcohol directly on the ink to remove it and then wash the fabric in the washing machine. Alternatively if you have ink on polyester, use hairspray and spray a lot of it directly onto the ink stain, pat the stain clean with a white and dry cloth and then wash it in the washing machine.
· For red wine stains you should clean as soon as you can, add salt onto the red wine stain and put the fabric into cold water to soak. Blot the stained area until the red wine has gone and then wash the fabric in the washing machine. Alternatively you can cover the red wine stain in baking powder which will draw out the stain itself, then you can wash it in the washing machine when you get chance.