Some stains are simply awful as if they cannot be removed successfully, leaving you with no choice but to buy new clothes. Luckily knowing a few hacks will help you handle even the worst stains. There are a few rules to stick by, one being that the earlier you treat the stain, the easier it is to remove. The sooner you soak or pre-treat the stain, the better your chances are of removing it. Another precautionary step would be to test a small portion of the fabric before using any product on it. This way you know that the product won't damage your garment.
Here are a few ways to get rid of deep stains:
As hard as it is to resist the charms of chocolates, it's just as hard to remove stains left by it.
- Allow the chocolates to harden out and then proceed to remove them gently.
- Treat with a colourless dishwashing liquid and water.
- If the stain was caused by milk chocolate, use a few drops of ammonia. If the stain was caused by dark chocolate, use two tablespoons white vinegar (for colors) or hydrogen peroxide for white chocolates.
- Use a mixture of one tablespoon of enzyme laundry detergent and two cups of water.
- In case of oil stains, place the stem side down on a stack of paper towels. Apply an oil solvent and allow it to dry then later rinse. Machine wash, using the hottest water recommended for the fabric.
- Cover the stain with an absorbent powder such as cornstarch, baking soda, salt or baby powder and allow it to sit. Brush the powder off but don't rub it. If the stain is persistent use a dry cleaning solvent.
- Apply dishwashing soap to the stain and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Blot with a clean cloth then wash it using an enzyme detergent.
- For carpets, blot oil stains with rubbing alcohol. Carpets being an expensive purchase, we recommend that you use carpet cleaning services regularly to prolong the lifespan of your carpet.
3) Ketchup and Other Tomato-Based Substances
Whenever possible, rinse under cold running water right away. Soak garment in warm water and dab the spot with a sponge that has been coated with some dishwashing soap. Stubborn stains can be treated with methylated spirits. Apply a stain treatment and allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Use diluted white vinegar to remove any remaining colour.
Cover the spot with stain remover and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Wash in warm water using an enzyme detergent. Use liquid dishwashing detergent and warm water to work on the stain.