Tough Stains And Their Removal Methods

Tough stains: Everybody has certainly come across this problem once in a while. Removing those tough stains from your favorite cloth is not that difficult. Here we are providing some tips for treating different types of stains.

Tough stains

Tough stains


1. Tea or coffee stains: Use either lemon juice or white vinegar to rinse the stained area of the cloth. Before washing soak it for at least an hour.

2. Blood stains: Take cold water and soak the stained cloth in it for a long time. To treat more stubborn stains, use hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the affected area. Use butter knife or fingernail to scrape or loosen the blood stain. Also, a mixture of cold water and corn starch (1:1) is useful for treating blood stains.

3. Ink stains: Use milk to treat stains caused by inks.

4. Grass stains: Grass stains on the cloth can be removed by using toothpaste or white vinegar. Apply plain white toothpaste (not gel) on the affected area. Dip a toothbrush in water and then use to scrub over the stain and repeat this process if needed. Alternatively, you can also use white vinegar to remove the grass stains. Soak the affected area in vinegar for at least an hour.

5. Grease and oil stains: Sprinkle corn starch on the stained area. Let the cornstarch soak up the oil or grease for around 20 minutes and then brush off the powder. Repeat this process if needed. Alternatively, you can rub alcohol directly on the stain until it starts to fade. To remove oily stains from your pillowcases you can use shampoo. Rub it over the stained area and then rinse using water.

6. Wine stains: When the stain is fresh, sprinkle baking soda on it and then stretch the affected area over a large bowl. While securing the fabric, add boiling water over the stain. Alternatively, you can also use white vinegar or club soda to rinse away the stain.

7. Sweat stains: Add half a cup of peroxide into the washer and let the soak stained cloth for about half an hour. After soaking wash as usual.

8. Tomato stains: White vinegar or borax are useful in treating tomato based stains. Soak the stained fabric in vinegar. For toughest stains, rub 1:1 paste of borax and water on the stain.

9. Blotting: Take a damp towel and place it over the affected area. Using fingertips, apply pressure repeatedly over the stained area. It will help to lighten the stain.

10. Miscellaneous tips: There are some basic tips that one should follow while treating the stains. Always keep patience and give the stain-removing product a chance to work. Always try to treat the stain when it is still fresh. Longer time make them to set in and worst to treat. Before applying any heat, try to remove stains as much as possible. Heat sources like dryers and iron make stains to set permanently. Never rub, instead try blotting the stains. Blotting helps to absorb the stains (into the blotting medium such as a damp towel or tissue paper) and prevents the fabric from damage.