Stains on your clothing, furniture and your carpet are the definition of frustrating. But before you throw away that blouse you accidentally spilled red wine on, or retire your child’s good jeans because of grass stains, try some of these helpful tips.
Before We Begin
- The most important aspect of stain removal is pre-treating as soon as possible. The sooner you can soak or pre-treat a stain, the better your chances of being able to remove it.
- When pre-treating, always test a discreet area of fabric with a pre-treating solution to make sure the product doesn’t damage your garment.
- Try an enzyme detergent. These detergents are specifically formulated to break down proteins and lift out stains.
And now for the main event: These stains have been the cause of plenty of scrubs, bleachings and soaks over the years, so try these tips before you end up throwing your hands up in frustration — and maybe even the garment into the trash.Grass
1. Apply stain treatment then rub the fabric together. An old toothbrush can be very helpful to get the treatment into the fibers.
2. Use diluted white vinegar or ammonia to remove any remaining color.
3. Methylated spirits, also known as denatured alcohol, can be used and is available from hardware stores and supermarkets.