Nov 1, 2009

Removing Stains

By Ellen Wilson

Removing Stains You just spilled your lunch all over your favorite shirt.  Although a Tide-to-go pen may work for the moment, some stains need more serious work.  Treat as soon as possible and you may have to repeat the process of stain removal.

Grease (oil, butter, mayonnaise) Treat stain with a dry solvent and then rinse with isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry and then spray area with diluted dishwashing-soap. Before washing, let it soak in an enzyme detergent.
Blood Spray with diluted dishwashing-soap and let it sit. Rinse in cool to lukewarm water. Treat with enzyme detergent and wash.
Fruit Juice Spray diluted dishwashing-soap on the stain and let it sit.  Rinse in tepid water and if stain remains, treat it with an enzyme detergent and wash.
Chocolate Scrape off excess chocolate and then spray area with diluted dishwashing-soup.  Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse thoroughly.
Gum Use ice to freeze gum and then scrape off as much as you can. Remove the residue with an oil solvent and rinse with isopropyl alcohol. Let it dry before treating with an enzyme detergent and washing.
Sauces (ketchup, barbecue) Treat stain with diluted dishwashing-soap before soaking in lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of white vinegar if stain still remains. Treat with an enzyme detergent before washing.
Ballpoint Ink Saturate the stain by spraying with a can of aerosol hair spray. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing.
Mud Scrape off as much mud as possible and then apply diluted dishwashing-soap. Soak. Before washing, treat with an enzyme detergent.
Mustard Rinse the area with white vinegar and wash with dishwashing detergent.

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