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Getting Rid of the Most Common Stains From Fabric

Aug 10, 2008
Stains are a real nuisance especially when it is on your favorite clothing and worse if you discover it later. Some stubborn stains need special treatment but most of the stains disappear if treated immediately. Usually soapy water if spread lightly is considered the best solution to get stains out of fabric. You need to scrub properly and then dry thoroughly. If this method does not work you can use the steam cleaner method but avoid harsh chemicals. A little baking soda would also help and if none of these work then you need to send it for dry cleaning. We bring some useful tips to get stains out of fabric.

Alcohol Stains

You have to blot the alcohol stains and then apply vinegar with a sponge on the same spot and later rinse it. If the stain still remains then try hydrogen peroxide.

Bloodstains

This is one of the most common stains that you have to encounter with. First scrape the bloodstain and then use cold water to blot the spot. If the stain remains use ammonia and rinse it properly. Try some hydrogen peroxide if nothing seems to work.

Candle Wax

First you need to scrape off the wax. Use a clean cloth over the area and run your iron that is warm over it to make the wax melt and get absorbed in the cloth. The rest can be removed with the help of a fluid used for dry cleaning.

Chocolate Stains

You need to scrape it first and then use the fluid that is used when dry cleaning with a sponge. Then use a solution of detergent with the sponge on the spot and rinse it. If it still persists use a bleach solution or hydrogen peroxide. For coffee stains also you can use a solution which has detergent and then rinse it. Then add vinegar to blot the area after which you need to rinse again and allow it to dry in the air.

Stains Made by Ink

Sponge the stains with a solution of detergent and rinse properly. For stubborn stains you can use inexpensive hair spray or alcohol. You can even use acetone or non oily nail polish remover and bleach that are safe for the fabric.

Mustard and Ketchup Stains

These stains should be scraped. Then sponge it with solution that has detergent first, then with vinegar or bleach and rinse it thoroughly.

Mildew Stains

Dry brush the area and then sponge it with antiseptic solution and then mark the area. Next you can apply ammonia with the help of a sponge and then rinse it off. You can also use a bleaching product made out of chlorine if considered safe for the fabric or else hydrogen peroxide would work as well.

Rust Stains in White Cotton Fabrics

You need to rub lemon juice and salt and leave it for several hours and then wash it normally. If you place it in the sun it is more effective.
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April Kerr owns website Vintage Fabric Supply which has details of where to buy vintage pillowcases and vintage table cloths .
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