Accidents happen. Red wine gets tipped over onto the carpet. Food spills and makes clothing stains. Athletic activities, weekend sports and leisurely beach and park time all contribute to clothing stains. There’s no need for panicking though as some of the easiest products to remove clothing stains are stored right inside your house.
Common Household Stain Removal Agents
You won’t need a professional Arlington cleaning service crew to come to the rescue of your favorite dress, just some water. For many seemingly disastrous stains, it’s as easy as mixing a bit of cold water with the following common household products and rid your clothing of stains. Many stains can set when introduced to warm water. For blood stains, promptly rub the area with hand soap and rinse out with cold water. For tough grease stains, rub in dish-washing soap into the clothing stains until you can feel a change in the grease’s texture, then simply rinse out with cold water.
Thankfully for your clothing stains, red colored foods and vinegar do not mix. Pouring white vinegar onto red wine clothing stains will decrease the pigment with each pour until the stain has dissipated. For other red foods like cherries, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon – delicious in the summer time but not attractive to be worn – mix glycerine with vinegar, hang the item out in the sun to dry and let the natural light bleach out the stain for you.
Acidic lemon juice can help remove abrasive clothing stains caused by grass, coffee, tea and clingy substances such as glue, residue left behind from sticky items and tape. Squeeze the lemon juice on to the clothing stains, allow for saturation and wash.
Keep Time on Your Side
Once the deed has been done, timeliness is one of the most effective tools when dealing with tough clothing stains. The last thing you want to happen is to have the clothing stains set into the fabric. Once they’ve settled in, there’s not much wiggle room for them to go anywhere. If you are not at home or in close proximity to any cleaning solvents, remove any attire immediately that has clothing stains and either saturate or soak with water.
Similar to the rules of the kitchen, keep away from the heat if you don’t want the clothing stains to make a permanent home in your new jacket or blouse. Avoid hot water when dealing with clothing stains. Heat seals stains in.
Keep it Light
Apply gentle pressure when dabbing water or any stain removal solvents into the clothing item. The fabric needs time to soak instead of harshly being scrubbed, which could damage the fabric or cause the stained area to look different than the rest of the untreated garment.