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Some Tips to Clean the Food Stains

Aug 17, 2007
There are some other food stains which can happen anytime during the dinner or lunch time. Start from the gravy stains to the salad dressing. Use these tips on how to remove the stains.

Lipstick and perspiration stains can sometimes become a problem, as they sometimes cannot be removed easily. There are some tips which you can use on how to clean these stains.

EGG, MEAT JUICE, AND GRAVY STAINS should be rinsed with cold water before they are washed. Non-wash-ables should be sponged with cold water. Later, when the material has dried completely, the stains should be sponged with cleaning fluid to remove oily traces.

WHITE SAUCE AND CREAM SOUP SPOTS on washable materials can be treated with warm water and soap or detergent Sponge non-washables with warm water, let them dry, then sponge away oily traces with cleaning fluid.

SALAD DRESSINGS. Use warm water and soap or detergent on stains made by salad dressings containing eggs or cream. Use hot water for French dressings. Sponge salad dressing stains on non-washable materials first with lukewarm water, then (when dry) with cleaning fluid. Instead of cleaning fluid, if desired, you can sprinkle the stains with an absorbent or an absorbent mixed to a paste with cleaning fluid. Let the absorbent stand for a while, then brush off the powder. You might have to repeat this treatment several times, but the method is very safe for all materials.

FOR MUSTARD STAINS on washable fabrics apply glycerin and rub it in well. Then launder the garment Sponge materials that will not wash with denatured alcohol, or diluted alcohoL If the stain is not entirely removed and a bleach is necessary, use a commercial dye stripper (two tablespoonfuls to a pint of water). Sponge the stain quickly and rinse thoroughly. Or use an oxalic acid solution made by dissolving three tablespoonfuls of crystals in a pint of water. Apply this solution with a medicine dropper and let it stand for several minutes, then rinse promptly with water. Apply a weak solution of ammonia, borax, or baking soda to counteract the acid, and rinse again.

TOMATO JUICE AND CATSUP STAINS should be rinsed or sponged with cold water to remove the solid particles. Work glycerin into the stain, let it remain for half an hour, then wash with warm water and soap or detergent Sponge any remaining traces with hydrogen peroxide or sodium perborate solution, then rinse or sponge them with cold water.

LIPSTICK AND ROUGE are two of the commonest stains any housewife encounters. First soften with vaseline, then on washable materials launder in warm soapsuds. Never use soap before the stain is softened so as to avoid setting it. On non-washable materials, use a solvent, preferably carbon tetrachloride. Sponge with alcohol if any slight stain remains after the solvent. Washable materials, if colorfast, may be bleached with hydrogen peroxide and sodium perborate mixture (one teaspoonf ul of perborate to one pint peroxide).

PERSPIRATION STAINS, like all other stains, should be treated when they are fresh, for the best results. If they become set, they are difficult to remove and the fabric may be weakened. Summer clothes, whatever the material, should always be stored clean and spotless to avoid trouble from this cause and others.
Stains caused by perspiration are usually acid when they are fresh, but become alkaline when they are old. Anti-perspirants are usually acid.

For top success in dealing with fresh stains, wash or sponge them promptly with warm water containing a detergent or soap. Water is essential, no matter what the material is, because dry cleaning fluids will not dissolve either perspiration or anti-perspirant preparations. Sometimes oil from the skin is included in such stains and these can be sponged with cleaning fluid after the stain itself has been dissolved with water and the material has dried thoroughly.
Perspiration and anti-perspirant stains, improperly treated or disregarded while they are fresh, become yellow with age and often weaken the fabric. They must be bleached, and you might try sodium perborate first.

DISCOLORATION FROM PERSPIRATION. Perspiration many change the colors of fabrics. The original color sometimes can be restored (after laundering) when the stain is still fresh by sponging the place with a mild alkaline solution made of warm water and ammonia or baking soda. Just holding the discolored fabric in the fumes from an open ammonia bottle sometimes does the trick. Old stains, which are alkaline, sometimes can be treated successfully with an acid. Try sponging them with a weak solution of water and white vinegar. Rinse afterwards with water. THIS ACID-ALKALI REACTION, incidentally, is fundamental in treating any spots caused by acids or alkalies.

EGG, MEAT JUICE, AND GRAVY STAINS should be rinsed with cold water before they are washed, for salad dressing use warm water and soap or detergent. Mustard stains can be clean by applying glycerin and rub it well.

Lipstick stain can be very difficult to remove, but after reading this article, we need not to worry anymore, soften the lipstick stain with Vaseline before washing in soapsuds, use alcohol for non-washable materials. Use acid for fresh stains caused by perspiration, use alkaline if the stains are old.
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