Stain_Removal

Pictured above:  A 1950s Advertisement

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Do you have problem Stains? No Problem, we’ve got the Stain Solution for you!  

Does last night’s swinging 1950s cocktail party scream out to you in the morning when you look at the carpet? Perhaps the hurly-burly of family life has finally taken a toll on the upholstery? Has your beloved poochie shown an over affection for his favorite preening spot and left an exquisite aroma and stains? What about the newly discovered grass stains on your favorite trousers? If these dilemmas,  and more, are major household cleaning issues facing you today, take a look at the below tips and techniques for the removal of these stains and many other types of problem stains.

Remember, stains can be a tricky chore to handle and with any stubborn stain, two rules generally apply:

Treat stains as soon as possible after staining occurs. As the stain ages, the more difficult it will be to remove. All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are virtually impossible to remove.

Why not bookmark this guide as a quick and handy reference to removing stains so that you’ll have more leisure time to enjoy a good book, an evening with friends and family, dining out, or a bit of romancing and dancing to1937’s classic jazz standard,  Easy Living, written by Ralph Rainger and Leo Robin.

One more thing before we begin, if you get a chance, please do check back with us often as more is added to ourStain Solutions For Problem Stains!

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How to get out Adhesive Stains

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Special notes about solution
Rub area with ice and scrape with the side of a dull knife. Proceed as above.

Steps to Clean

Saturate the area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.

 

How to get out After Shave Lotion

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
Enzyme product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak protein stain in enzyme product for at least 30 minutes. Soak aged stains for several hours. Launder.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.

 

How to get out Alcoholic beverage stains

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one-quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Or
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

 

How to get out Antiperspirant

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
Enzyme product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Special notes about solution
Pretreat by rubbing in undiluted liquid hand dishwashing detergent. Launder in hottest water safe for the fabric.

Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak protein stain in enzyme product for at least 30 minutes. Soak aged stains for several hours. Launder.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Ash

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
Here’s what you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Asphalt

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Special notes about solution
Rub area with ice and scrape with side of dull knife. Proceed as above.

Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
Here’s what you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

 

How to get out Automobile Grease

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.

How to get out Automotive Oil

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.

 

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How to get out Baby Oil

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Absorbent
Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Barbeque Sauce

Barbeque Sauce
Treat stains as soon as possible after staining. The older the stain, the more difficult it will be to remove.

All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are almost impossible to remove.

For Upholstery
Here’s what you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

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Pictured above:  Model V is launched/Courtesy Electrolux

How to get out Beer

For Washable Fabrics
Here’s what you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one-quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
Carpet
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize with a white vinegar solution (1/3 cup WHITE vinegar in 2/3 cup of water). Saturate spot with white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
For Upholstery
Here’s what you’ll need:

White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Or
Here’s what you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

 

How to get out Beet Stains

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup of cool water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Berries (cranberries, raspberries, strawberries) Stain

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one-quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Dull knife
Wet vacuum (for spilled liquid)
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Blot up as much of the stain as is possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife. A wet vacuum is useful if a large quantity of liquid was spilled.
If spot has dried, saturate the tufts in the affected area with tap water (do not over wet). Allow to remain for about 1 minute and blot. If the spot is being removed using water, continue until the spot is completely removed. Blot dry and apply the paper towels and brick. If the stain is not completely removed, continue.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

 

How to get out Black Walnut Stains

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
Bleach
Sponge the stain with water.
Apply a few drops of dishwashing detergent in water and add a few drops of white vinegar.
Cover with paper toweling dampened with detergent solution and vinegar. Let stand 5 minutes.
If fabric is strong enough, tamp with brush or spoon.
Flush with water.
Repeat until no more stain is removed.
Bleach to remove final traces of stain.
Apply bleach solution – 1 teaspoon of bleach and 1 tablespoon of water by drops. Do not use chlorine solutions on wool, spandex or silk. Only apply for 2 minutes.
Flush with water after each bleach application.
Apply vinegar solution (2/3 cup of water to 1/3 cup white vinegar) to remove excess chlorine. Flush with water.

 

How to get out Bleach

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears, or no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, use mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water. Sponge the stain with the solution. Blot until liquid is absorbed. .
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Blood stains

Blood
Treat stains as soon as possible after staining. The older the stain, the more difficult it will be to remove.

All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are almost impossible to remove.

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
Enzyme product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Special notes about solution
Treat blood stains immediately. First run cold water through the stain. Then treat as below. If dried, pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of granular laundry product and water. Launder using bleach safe for fabric. Old stains may respond to soaking in enzyme product. For a blood stain that is not completely removed by this process, wet the stain with hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. Do not leave in this mixture longer than 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak protein stain in enzyme product for at least 30 minutes. Soak aged stains for several hours. Launder.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

All solutions for removing blood must be cool.
Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

 

How to get out Blush Makeup

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
Here’s what you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Butter stains

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Absorbent
Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

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How to get out Calamine Lotion Stains

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
Here’s what you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

 

How to get out Candle Wax

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Ice cube
Iron
Bleach
Rub with ice and scrape off excess with a dull knife.
Place folded paper towels over and under stained area and press with a warm – not hot – dry iron.
Use clean towels, repeat until no more wax melts.
Remove color with bleach or color remover as safe for fabric.
For Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Ice cube
Iron
Dry cleaning solvent
Carpet Shampoo
Rubbing Alcohol
Put an ice cube in a plastic bag and place over the foreign material to harden it.
Scrape off surface wax with dull knife.
Cover stained area with several layers of paper towels and press lightly with a warm (not hot) iron until all foreign material is removed. Be careful not to melt fibers with iron.
Shampoo, let dry and then vacuum.
Some colors, red, may leave a dye stain that is difficult or impossible to remove.
Try applying dry cleaning solvent. Blot using clean towels as long as color is removed. (Test to products in inconspicuous area.)
Shampoo to remove dry cleaning solvent.
OR
Spread brown paper (such as grocery bag) or a terry cloth towel over the area and iron with the setting on “Warm.” The wax will be absorbed into the paper or towel.
Remove any traces with alcohol or dry cleaning solvent.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Ice cube
Steps to Clean

If the wax is still soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess wax.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Chewing Gum

For Washable Fabrics
Here’s what you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Special notes about solution
Rub area with ice and scrape with side of dull knife. Proceed as above.

Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Ice cube
Citrus based product
Freeze the chewing gum using an ice cube in a plastic bag.
Shatter the frozen chewing gum with a knife handle and vacuum.
Shampoo. Let dry, and then vacuum.
Some citrus based products such as De-Solv-It® or Orange-Sol® have been demonstrated to break down the stickiness of gum so that it can be removed.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Ice cube
Steps to Clean

If the wax is still soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess wax.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Clay Stains

 

For Washable Fabrics

Steps to Clean

Baseball is a popular pastime for children and adults alike. Baseball fields typically have red clay dirt surfaces. While the red clay dirt looks nice from the stands, it stains baseball uniforms quite easily. Treat red clay dirt stains on baseball uniforms with supplies from home for successful removal. For the easiest removal, tackle red clay dirt stains as soon as possible so they don’t have time to set in.

Chemical solvents and supplies

Clean towel
Liquid hand dishwashing soap
Dishwasher detergent
Old toothbrush
Powdered laundry detergent
Ammonia

Lay a clean towel on a flat work surface so you don’t transfer the red clay dirt stains from the baseball uniform to your work surface.
Dampen the location of the red clay dirt stain on your baseball uniform. Squirt liquid dishwashing detergent onto the stain to cover it. Rub the detergent into the red clay dirt stain and allow it to sit overnight.
An old toothbrush acts as a small scrub brush for stain removal.
Launder your baseball uniform according to directions. If the red clay dirt stain is still present or partially present after washing, tackle it with a paste of equal parts dishwasher detergent and water. Scrub the dishwasher detergent paste into the red clay dirt stain using an old toothbrush.
Allow the dishwasher detergent paste to remain on the stain on your baseball uniform for two to three hours. Launder your uniform again in the washing machine.
Make a paste with powdered laundry detergent and ammonia to tackle really stubborn red clay dirt stains. Allow the paste to sit for 10 minutes, and then launder as usual.

Note: Avoid placing your baseball uniform into the dryer until you’re certain the red clay dirt stain is removed. The heat from the dryer will set the stain.

 

How to get out Coffee Stains (no creme)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one-quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize with a white vinegar solution (1/3 cup WHITE vinegar in 2/3 cup of water). Saturate spot with white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Coffee Stains (creme)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Note: Coffee and Cream – if there is cream or milk in the coffee that caused the stain be sure to use an enzyme laundry detergent when washing the stained item.
Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize with a white vinegar solution (1/3 cup WHITE vinegar in 2/3 cup of water). Saturate spot with white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Collar and Cuff stain

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
Enzyme product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak protein stain in enzyme product for at least 30 minutes. Soak aged stains for several hours. Launder.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.

 

How to get out Cologne and Perfume stains

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one-quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Blot with a white paper towel to remove as much of the stain as possible, then neutralize with a white vinegar solution (1/3 cup WHITE vinegar in 2/3 cup of water). Saturate spot with white vinegar solution, using a spray bottle and blot to remove excess moisture.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

What you will need

Detergent
White vinegar
Steps to Clean

Using clean white paper towels, blot up as much of the stain as possible.
Use plain water or mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a small amount of water or the detergent/vinegar solution. Apply a little bit at a time, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
If using a detergent/vinegar solution, sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the solution.
For Upholstery
What you will need

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Cooking Oil

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

How to get out Cough Syrup Stains

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one-quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
Or
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Prewash stain remover
Rinse in warm water to dilute the stain.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water.
Sponge the stain with detergent/vinegar solution; tamp with a brush or spoon.
Flush with water.
Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.
Launder, using bleach that is safe for the fabric.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Ammonia
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the stain as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife, then neutralize with an ammonia solution (1 tablespoon of clear household ammonia to 1/2 cup of water.). Saturate spot with the ammonia solution using a spray bottle. Do not wet backing. Blot with a white paper towel to remove excess moisture.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
RubbingAlcohol
Non-Chlorine Bleach
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution; tamp with a brush or spoon.
Sponge with water; blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol; blot until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the rubbing alcohol.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of oxygen or non-chlorine bleach with one tablespoon of water. Using an eye dropper, apply the bleach solution to the stain. Sponge immediately with water; blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge again with the detergent/vinegar solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Non-chlorine bleach
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of
white vinegar with two cups of cool water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution; tamp with a brush or spoon.
Sponge with water and blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol. Blot until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the rubbing alcohol.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of oxygen or non-chlorine bleach with one tablespoon Sponge with warm water and blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of oxygen or non-chlorine bleach with one tablespoon of water. Test in an inconspicuous spot to be sure the mixture is safe to use. Using an eye dropper, apply the bleach solution to the stain. Sponge immediately with water; blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge again with the detergent/vinegar solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Cranberry juice/sauce

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Crayon

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
Or
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Dull knife
Detergent
Baking soda
Scrape excess crayon with blunt knife.
Wash in hot, soft water with soap (such as Ivory) and one-half cup baking soda for 10 minutes.
If the stain remains, make a soap paste into stain. Wash for five minutes and rinse.
To remove remaining color, use bleach or color remover as safe for fabric.
OR

Chemical Solvents and Supplies

Dull knife
Iron
Dry cleaning solvent
Bleach
Scrape off surface wax with dull knife.
Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm, dry iron setting.
Move paper towels frequently to absorb wax and avoid transferring stains.
After removing as much stain as possible this way, place stain area face down on clean paper towels.
Sponge the stain area with dry cleaning solvent as according to the product directions.
Let dry.
Launder.
If any color remains, rewash using bleach safe for fabric.
For Carpet
What you will need

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

Chemical solvents and supplies

Ice cube
Iron
Dry cleaning solvent
If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon.
Cover the stain with a clean cloth and press, using the tip of a warm iron. Repeat using a clean portion of the cloth until all the wax is transferred from the carpet to the cloth.
If the color stain remains, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent.
OR

Chemical Solvents and Supplies

Dull knife
Iron
Dry cleaning solvent
Scrape off surface wax with dull knife.
Cover stained area with several layers of paper towels and press lightly with warm (not hot) iron until all wax is removed.
Be careful not to melt fibers with iron.
Shampoo, let dry and then vacuum.
Some colors, red may leave a dye stain that is difficult or impossible to remove.
Try applying dry cleaning solvent according to the product directions.
Blot using clean towel as long as color is removed.
Test cleaning solvent in inconspicuous area to make sure carpet coloring is not removed.
Shampoo to remove dry cleaning solvent.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Ice cube
Steps to Clean

If the wax is still soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess wax.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Or
What you’ll need:

Ice
WD40
Detergent
Steps to Clean

If the crayon is soft, freeze it by applying an ice cube wrapped in a small plastic bag, and then scrape off the excess crayon.
Spray the stain with WD-40 and let it stand for a few minutes.
Tamp the stain. Wipe off residue with a paper towel.
Re-spray with WD-40; then apply liquid dishwashing detergent directly on the sprayed area.
Tamp again. Wipe off the residue with paper towel.
Repeat Steps 2 to 5 until the stain disappears.

 

D

How to get out Fabric Dye (except red and yellow)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach
Liquid chlorine bleach
Commercial color remover
Steps to Clean

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.
Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching.
If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover according to package directions. Note that color remover will take out the fabric color as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160 degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics*. Launder.
*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent

For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution; blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
Flush with clear water.
If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol. Blot to remove the stain.
Flush with alcohol; let it air-dry.
Sponge with cold water.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Fabric dye, red

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
White vinegar
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak in 1-quart warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 30 minutes.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.
Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Ammonia
Mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution;
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar and two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

F

How to get out Felt Tip Marker

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution; blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
Flush with clear water.
If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol. Blot to remove the stain.
Flush with alcohol; let it air-dry.
Sponge with cold water.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
For Upholstery
What you will need

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cool water, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol; blot to remove the stain.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Felt Tip Pen (Permanent Marker may not come out)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach
Liquid chlorine bleach
Commercial color remover
Steps to Clean

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.
Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching.
If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover according to package directions. Note that color remover will take out the fabric color as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160 degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics*. Launder.
*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent

 

How to get out Fruit Punch

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Ammonia
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry

 

G

 

How to get out Gasoline

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Dry Cleaning solvent
Detergent
White vinegar
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess foreign material.
Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch or other absorbent in the stain. Let stand for 10 or 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Absorbent
Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Grape juice

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Graphite

For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Vacuum using crevice tool of vacuum cleaner to remove the soot. If all, or most, of the soot has not been removed, call a professional cleaner. If vacuuming has removed all particles go to the next step to remove any traces.
Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
For Upholstery
What you will need

Detergent
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup of cool water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Grass

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Enzyme product
Bleach
Soak in a solution of cool water and a product containing enzymes for at least 30 minutes or overnight, (several hours for aged stains.) Do not use hot water as it will coagulate protein in formula and make stain more difficult to remove.
Launder.
If stains remain, soak an additional 30 minutes, rewash using bleach safe for fabric, and then re-wash. Follow product‚s use instructions. Some laundry detergents contain enzymes.
After soaking, launder in warm water as usual. Avoid using heat and/or alkali products such as ammonia and some degreaser products. They can set the tannin and vegetable dye in grass stains.
Chlorine bleach is not recommended for fabrics made of silk, wool or Spandex because it will yellow and weaken the fibers. Chlorine bleach will also bleach out or fade colored fabrics. Use oxygen bleach safe for colored fabrics.
For Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Dry cleaning solvent
Acetone
Detergent
Ammonia
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with acetone.
Sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the vinegar/alcohol solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Grease

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
Carpet
What you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Carpet shampoo
Steps to Clean

Remove excess material by blotting up liquids with a clean absorbent towel.
Apply a spot cleaner or a dry cleaning solvent according to the product directions. (Test in an inconspicuous place to make sure the carpet color is not removed.)
Some spot cleaners dry to a powder. If this type is used, vacuum before continuing.
Apply carpet shampoo (diluted 1 part liquid carpet shampoo to 4 parts water) with a brush or towel.
Let the area dry thoroughly, and then vacuum.
Repeat if needed.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Absorbent
Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Or
What you’ll need:

Absorbent
Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

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How to get out Hair Dye, black or brown

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach
Liquid chlorine bleach
Commercial color remover
Steps to Clean

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.
Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching.
If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover according to package directions. Note that color remover will take out the fabric color as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160 degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics*. Launder.
*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent

For Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Ammonia
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of
white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution, blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol. Blot to remove the stain.
Sponge with cold water.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cool water, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol; blot to remove the stain.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Hair dye, red

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
White vinegar
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak in 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 30 minutes.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cool water, blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol; blot to remove the stain.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

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How to get out India Ink

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach
Liquid chlorine bleach
Commercial color remover
Steps to Clean

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.
Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching.
If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover according to package directions. Note that color remover will take out the fabric color as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160 degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics*. Launder.
*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent

 

How to get out Ink (fountain)

For Carpet
What you will need

Clean absorbent towels
Diluted carpet shampoo
Vacuum cleaner
Steps to Clean

Remove excess foreign material by blotting with a clean absorbent towel.
Sponge lightly with cool water and blot several times.
Apply diluted carpet shampoo (1 part liquid carpet shampoo to 4 parts water) with a brush or towel.
Let the area dry thoroughly, and then vacuum.
Repeat if needed.

Or

What you’ll need:

Dull knife
Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Ink (red)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
White vinegar
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak in 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 30 minutes.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.

 

How to get out Iodine

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Sponge stain from back with a solution of one teaspoon sodium thiosulfate crystals (available at photo supply stores) and one-half cup water or treat with commercial stain remover.
Flush well with water.
Repeat if necessary.
Carpet
What you will need

Detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution; blotting frequently with a dry cloth until the stain disappears.
Flush with clear water.
If the stain remains, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol. Blot to remove the stain.
Flush with alcohol; let it air-dry.
Sponge with cold water.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean white cloth and more solution.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Sodium thiosulfate
Ammonia drops
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution. Let stand for about 30 minutes.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
For stubborn stains, mix one tablespoon of sodium thiosulfate with one cup of cool water. Apply to the stained area with an eye dropper. Add a few drops of ammonia. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

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How to get out Lipstick and Lipbalm

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
Dry-cleaning solvent
All-fabric bleach
Spray or sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or treat with a stain stick. Then rub with heavy duty liquid detergent and scrub in hot water.
When Step 1 is complete, follow Step 2 to remove the dye stains using bleach. Try all-fabric bleach which is less damaging to colors and fabrics. Use liquid chlorine bleach for tough dye stains on fabrics that are safe to bleach.
For Carpet
Work on removing the stain as soon as you notice it. The longer the stain is left on the carpet the greater the chances are of the stain setting.
In every case remove all excess wet or dry material before attempting to clean. Blot wet materials using a white terry towel (check helpful hints for a detailed description of blotting). Vacuum excess dry materials or gently scrape up materials with a spoon.
Apply a small amount of dry cleaning solvent to the white terry towel and blot the stain. Continue until no further transfer of material to the towel is apparent.
If the stain remains proceed to the next step.
Mix 1/2 tsp. of dishwashing soap into 1 cup of warm water.
Apply a small amount, blot or tamp and repeat until the stain is removed. Be patient. Complete removal may require repeating the same step several times. Tamp down on the carpet; do not scrub as this may distort the texture of the pile.
Cover the stain with the towel and press down repeatedly to absorb the stain material and detergent.
Once the stain is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water; blot with a dry white terry towel until all moisture is removed. Repeat this process several times to remove cleaning solution residue. (Residue can attract soils).
Steps to Clean

Or

What you’ll need:

Dry Cleaning solvent
Detergent
White vinegar
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess foreign material.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.
For Upholstery
What you will need

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

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How to get out Makeup (water based)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.

 

How to get out Makeup (oil based)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.

 

How to get out Mascara

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Mildew

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
Bleach
Shake or brush the item outdoors.
Pretreat darkest stains with heavy-duty liquid detergent.
Launder in hot water with a heavy-duty detergent.
Bleach as safe for fabric. Mildew attacks and destroys fibers, so bleaching may not restore fibers to white.
Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
Vacuum
Remove loose mold from outer coverings of rugs and carpets brushing with a broom in the outdoors to prevent mildew spores in the house.
If the surface is vacuumed, remove and dispose of the bag to avoid scattering mold spores in the house.
Dry articles by using electric heater and fan to carry away moist air. Sun and air will stop mold growth.
If mildew remains, sponge surface lightly with thick suds of detergent and wipe with a clean, damp cloth. Be sparingly with the water on the surface.
Mildew carpets and rugs should be thoroughly cleaned and dried. Dry in sun if possible.
Contact commercial cleaning company in extreme cases. If mold has grown into the inner part of the flooring, contact commercial rug cleaner. The item may be not be cleanable and will need to be thrown out.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Ammonia
Steps to Clean

If possible, take the item outdoors and brush off as much mildew as possible. This will prevent scattering the mold spores in the house. If this isn’t possible, vacuum the surface to draw out more of the mildew. Afterward, replace the vacuum cleaner bag or remove the canister and clean outside. (To prevent more mold spores in your house)
Mix one cup of ammonia with one cup of cool water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the ammonia solution.
Dry thoroughly. Use a fan or a hair dryer on the “cool” setting to facilitate drying.

 

How to get out Milk

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
Enzyme product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak protein stain in enzyme product for at least 30 minutes. Soak aged stains for several hours. Launder.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.
Carpet
What you will need

Clean absorbent towels
Diluted carpet shampoo
Vacuum cleaner
Steps to Clean

Remove excess foreign material by blotting with a clean absorbent towel.
Sponge lightly with cool water and blot several times.
Apply diluted carpet shampoo (1 part liquid carpet shampoo to 4 parts water) with a brush or towel.
Let the area dry thoroughly, and then vacuum.
Repeat if needed.

Or

What you’ll need:

Dull knife
Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
What you will need

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

How to get out Mustard

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach
Liquid chlorine bleach
Commercial color remover
Steps to Clean

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.
Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching.
If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover according to package directions. Note that color remover will take out the fabric color as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160 degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics*. Launder.
*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent

For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Ammonia
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess foreign material.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

Or

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
Enzymeproduct
Mix one (1) teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent with one (1) cup lukewarm water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
If the stain remains, mix 1/3 cup white vinegar with 2/3 cup of water.
Apply using the clean white cloth, sponge the stain with solution.
If the stain still remains, mix a solution of cool water and a product containing enzymes following direction on the label or box. (Some laundry detergents contain enzymes.)
Cover the stain with a cloth drenched in the solution. Allow to remain on the stain the length of time recommended by the manufacturer.
Rinse the area with clean water. Blot dry.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

 

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How to get out Nail Polish

For Washable Fabrics
Special notes about solution
Do not use nail polish remover on acetate, triacetate or modacrylic fabrics as they will dissolve. Send these materials to the dry cleaner and identify the stain.

Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Nail polish remover
Acetone
On other fabrics, apply nail polish remover or acetone to back of stain over absorbent material.
Rinse and launder.
Carpet
What you’ll need:

Dull knife
Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never us a circular motion to remove spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, go to the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

Chemical solvents and supplies

Nail polish remover
After removing excess, apply nail polish remover, drop by drop, to soften.
Then blot or scrape away.
Shampoo, let dry, then vacuum
Pretest nail polish remover in an inconspicuous place. Do not use on acrylic fibers
Steps to Clean

Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Acetone
Dry cleaning solvent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Carefully blot up excess polish.
Using an eye dropper, apply a small amount of acetone to the stain.
Blot immediately.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until no more stain is removed.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
If the stain remains, apply hydrogen peroxide. Use an eye dropper to apply the peroxide directly on the stain.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the hydrogen peroxide.

 

How to get out Nail Polish Remover

For Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

O

How to get out Olive Oil

For Upholstery
What you will need

Absorbent
Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes, and then vacuum.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

P

How to get out Paint (oil-based)

For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Vacuum using crevice tool of vacuum cleaner to remove the soot. If all, or most, of the soot has not been removed, call a professional cleaner. If vacuuming has removed all particles go to the next step to remove any traces.
Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

Chemical solvents and supplies

Carpet shampoo
Turpentine or paint Thinner
Vacuum
After removing excess paint, carefully apply turpentine or paint thinner.
Blot repeatedly.
Shampoo, let dry, and vacuum.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you will need

Turpentine
Detergent
Steps to Clean

Scrape up excess paint.
Using a clean white cloth, blot up as much paint as possible.
Using a clean white cloth, blot the stain with turpentine. Tamp the stain to help break up the paint.
Keep applying turpentine to the stain, tamping and blotting until the paint is removed.
Sponge the stain with waterless hand cleaner.
Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 7 and 8 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

 

How to get out Paint, solvent or water based

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
What you will need

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Dried paint is almost impossible to remove. Check with paint store for possible commercial dry water-based paint removers or contact a commercial carpet and rug cleaner service for advice.
Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

Or

Chemical solvents and supplies

Clean absorbent towels
Carpet shampoo
Detergent
Vacuum
Work as quickly as possible so the paint does not have a chance to dry.
Remove excess paint by blotting up liquid with a clean absorbent towel.
Sponge with cool water and blot several times
Apply one (1) teaspoon liquid dishwashing detergent mixed in one (1) cup warm water or you can apply diluted carpet shampoo (1 part carpet shampoo to 4 parts water) with a brush or towel.
Rinse and repeat as many times as needed to remove the paint.
Let the area dry thoroughly. Vacuum.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.

 

How to get out Pencil

Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Pretreatment aerosol product
Detergent
Dry cleaning fluid
Use a soft eraser to remove excess. Be careful not to distort fabric weave.
Spray with pretreatment aerosol product.
Rub in heavy-duty liquid detergent.
Rinse and launder.
If stain remains, commercial pencil mark removers are available from some quilt supply stores or mail order supplies.
Dry cleaning fluid should not be used on most modern quilting fabric.

 

How to get out Perspiration

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Enzyme product
Ammonia
Pretreat with enzyme product.
If fabric has discolored, treat fresh stains with ammonia and old stains with vinegar.
Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Ammonia
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Steps to Clean

Mix one teaspoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia – fumes are hazardous)
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.
Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry

 

How to get out Pine Resin

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Pretreatment laundry stain remover
Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Dry cleaning solvent
Absorbent paper towels
Steps to Clean

Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.
If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
For Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Turpentine
Using a clean white cloth, sponge with rubbing alcohol.
Tamp the stain.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, sponge with turpentine.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat with alternating applications of turpentine and detergent solution until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Rubbing alcohol
turpentine
detergent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol.
Tamp the stain.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
If the stain remains, sponge with turpentine.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.
Sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat, with alternating applications of turpentine and detergent solution until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

How to get out Playdough

For Carpet
What you’ll need:

Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
Detergent
Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Clean

Remove as much of the foreign material as possible by blotting with a white paper towel or scraping with a dull knife.
Apply rubbing alcohol to a clean white cloth, white paper towel or cotton ball. If the spot extends deep into the pile use a blotting motion until the spot is removed or no color is transferred to the cloth. Do not allow the alcohol to penetrate into the backing as this will destroy the latex bond. If the spot is on the surface only, rub in one direction at a time. Never use a circular motion to remove the spot as this may destroy the texture. Stop if spot is removed. If not, continue with the next step.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent solution and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary.
Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.

 

How to get out Pollen

For Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Dry cleaning solvent
Vacuum off the pollen particles.
Use the sticky side of a piece of tape to carefully lift off the remaining particles.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

R

How to get out Rust

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Nonprecipitating water softener
Do not use chlorine bleach on rust stain or in water containing large amounts of iron.
For a rusty water problem, use a nonprecipitating water softener, such as Calgon or Spring Rain, in both wash and rinse water.
For severe problems, install an iron filter in the water system.
Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Lemon Juice
Detergent
3% Hydrogen peroxide
Saturate spot with lemon juice, using a spray bottle, and remain on the spot for 5 minutes.
Then go to the next step to remove lemon juice. If this does not work, and it may not, call a professional. Most rust removers contain a very strong acid and are, therefore, not recommended for use by homeowners.
Blot up as much of the liquid with a white paper towel.
Apply a small quantity of detergent solution to the spot. (To make the detergent solution mix 1/4 teaspoon of a hand dishwashing detergent which does not contain lanolin or bleach with 1 quart of water) Use a blotting motion to work the detergent into the affected area. If spot is being removed continue applying detergent and blotting with a white paper towel until spot is removed.
Rinse with tap water using a spray bottle, blot to remove excess moisture.
Spray lightly with water, do not blot this time; apply pad of paper towels and brick and allow to dry.
If there is still some stain on the carpet and blotting is not removing it, then moisten the tufts in the stained area with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for on (1) hour. Blot and repeat until carpet is stain free. Light will cause peroxide to change back to water so no rinsing is necessary. Apply pad of paper towels and weight down with brick.
OR
Chemical Solvents and Supplies

Carpet Shampoo
Rubbing Alcohol
Vacuum
Sponge with rubbing alcohol (or a solution of rubbing alcohol and water).
Blot quickly with clean dry towel.
Repeat several times until no more stain is absorbed into towel.
Apply diluted carpet shampoo (1 part liquid carpet shampoo to 4 parts water) with a brush or towel.
Let the area dry thoroughly, and then vacuum.
Repeat if needed.
Steps to Clean

 

S

How to get out a Scorch

For Washable Fabrics
Steps to Clean

Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
All-fabric bleach
If fabric is thick and fuzzy, brush to remove charring.
Rub liquid detergent into scorched area.
Launder.
If stain remains, bleach with all-fabric bleach.
Melted or glazed areas on synthetic blends cannot be fully restored.

 

How to get out Stamp Pad ink (except red and yellow)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Heavy-duty liquid detergent
Dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach
Liquid chlorine bleach
Commercial color remover
Steps to Clean

Pretreat the stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.
Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water. Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage. Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam. If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching.
If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover according to package directions. Note that color remover will take out the fabric color as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160 degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics*. Launder.
*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellent

 

How to get out Stamp Pad Ink (red)

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
White vinegar
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak in 1 quart warm water and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 30 minutes.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.

 

U

How to get out Urine

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Blunt kitchen knife
Liquid hand dishwashing Detergent
Ammonia
Enzyme product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Scrape off excess material.
Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of 1 quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon ammonia.
Rub gently from back to loosen stain.
Soak another 15 minutes in above mixture. Rinse.
Soak protein stain in enzyme product for at least 30 minutes. Soak aged stains for several hours. Launder.
If color stain remains, launder, using chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or with oxygen bleach.
Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Vacuum
White vinegar
Blot up excess material with clean towel.
Sponge with cool water and blot, then sponge with a solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar and blot well.
Shampoo, let dry; and then vacuum.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

White vinegar
Baking soda
Steps to Clean

Sponge fresh stains with cloth using detergent solution. Rinse with another cloth using white vinegar solutions (equal parts of white vinegar and water). Let air dry. If odor remains, sprinkle stained area with baking soda or calcium carbonate. Wait one day; then vacuum.
Old urine stains and odors may be impossible to remove.

 

W

How to get out Water Spots

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Clean absorbent towels
Hair dryer or fan
Steps to Clean

Using a wet cloth, moisten the spotted area.
Fold several paper towels until you have a stack about 1/8-inch thick. Place them on top of the stain and weight them down with a vase or heavy pot.
Point a fan or a hairdryer (on cool setting) at the stain so that the force of the air transfers the moisture to the paper towels.

 

How to get out Wine

For Washable Fabrics
What you’ll need:

Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
White vinegar
Rubbing alcohol
Enzyme presoak product
Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia – fumes are hazardous.
Steps to Clean

Soak for 15 minutes in mixture of one quart lukewarm water, one-half teaspoon liquid hand dishwashing detergent and one tablespoon white vinegar. Rinse.
Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
Soak for 30 minutes in one quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
Carpet
Chemical solvents and supplies

Detergent
White vinegar
Mix one teaspoon of a mild detergent containing no alkali or bleaches with one cup of lukewarm water. Blot the stained area.
Mix one-third cup of white vinegar with two-thirds cup of water. Blot.
Repeat step one.
Sponge the stained area with clean water. Blot.
OR
Chemical Solvents and Supplies

Spot Removal Solution
Pretest any spot removal solution (for color transfer to the cloth or damage to the carpet) in an inconspicuous area. If a change occurs, select a different solution.
Apply a small amount of the solution with a white cloth, and work in gently – do not rub – working from the edges of the spill to the center to prevent spreading. Allowing remaining on the spill a few minutes. Be patient. Blot.
Continue to use the first agent as long as there is a transfer of the spill to the cloth. Be patient. Complete removal may require repeating the same step several times. Or, you may need to move to the next solution.
When the spill is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water; blot with a dry cloth until all moisture is removed.
A dry, absorbent, cleaning compound may be used as a substitute to minimize drying time.
Steps to Clean

For Upholstery
What you’ll need:

Detergent
Steps to Clean

Mix one (1) tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two (2) cups of cool water.
Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.
Blot until the liquid is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.
Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent solution.
Or
What  you’ll need:

Dry cleaning solvent
Steps to Clean

Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the dry cleaning solvent.
Blot until the solvent is absorbed.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the stain disappears.

 

 

 

Resources:

The Science of Stain Removal

University of Illinois Extension/Stain Solutions was developed by:/Susan Taylor
Former University of Illinois Extension Educator

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