How To Remove Tough Stains ( Ink, Grass, And More!)

Dealing with stains in clothes or furniture is part of a homeowner’s daily routine. While some stains can budge without much hassle, others require special techniques or extra effort for removal.

If you’re faced with stains that regular soapy water won’t remove, you’ve come to the right place. Here, you’ll find some tried-and-tested methods to make the most common stubborn stains vanish without a struggle!

Before you start cleaning the stains

It’s crucial to understand that water temperature plays a big role in removing stains. For instance, for delicate materials like satin, silk, wool, or even wood, avoid using hot water as it could harm them.

Also, steer clear of warm and hot water when dealing with organic stains, as it might make them become permanent (especially when the stains are on fabrics).

Pro-tip: When in doubt about a type of fabric, always check its label.

Organic stains

Knowing how to handle organic stains is useful, especially for pet owners dealing with accidents like urine, feces, or vomit.

The best way to tackle these stains is with an enzymatic cleaner. These special products contain friendly bacteria that essentially eat away the stains. Just apply it directly to the affected area, following the instructions on the label—but remember, avoid warm or hot water!

Pro-tip: Look for cleaners with proteases for bloodstains (check the label).

Wine spills

A lovely evening with a glass of wine can turn sour if you end up with a spill. Act fast to remove it effectively with this method:

Create a cleaning solution with one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water. Apply this mixture generously to the stain and let it sit for three minutes. Then, toss the fabric into the washing machine with cold water and your regular detergent.

If washing the item by machine is not possible, don’t worry. Apply the hydrogen peroxide mixture directly, wait three minutes, gently rub the stain, and rinse with cold water.

Tomato sauce stains

Tomato sauce stains are tough because of the chemicals in them. When you spot one, the first rule is to grab a spoon or knife and remove as much excess sauce as possible.

Next, mix equal parts of baking soda and salt and add a bit of water to make a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain and hand wash with cold water. Finally, launder the item in the washing machine.

Pro-tip: Use an enzymatic detergent in the washing machine for better results.

Grass or plant smudges

Chlorophyll in plants is what makes them green and also what makes these stains difficult to remove. Create a cleaner by mixing one part baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide with three parts warm water.

Apply your homemade cleaner to the stained area and let it sit for about ten minutes, then either hand wash or run it through the washing machine with your regular detergent.

Paint and ink stains

As paint and ink are designed to set on the surfaces they’re used, they tend to be pretty stubborn to remove. The key is to act fast when you spot one.

Deal with them by gently massaging isopropyl alcohol into the stain with a clean cloth. If it’s a large stain, start from the outer edges and work your way to the center to prevent it from spreading. Use cold water to rinse the area and repeat the process if necessary.

Pro-tip: Machine wash the item with heavy-duty detergent after applying alcohol if possible.

What if the stain doesn’t come out?

When it comes to removing stains, acting quickly is essential. If you don’t treat them promptly, even seemingly simple stains can become stubborn, resisting your best scrubbing efforts.

If you’re struggling with persistent stains, don’t push it. Too much scrubbing can damage the fabric or surface you’re trying to clean.

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