Getting rid of common stains

Stains are a pain, there’s no doubt about that! They can appear on your clothes, your carpet and on furniture, especially in workplaces where there is high traffic and drinks machines! Here are some top tips for dealing with some of the most common stains we see on a daily basis:

Before treating any stain, a little pre-treatment as soon as the stain occurs is recommended. The sooner a stain is pre-treated, the easier and more effective any removal attempts will be. When pre-treating, always test a little non-visible area first to check for discolouration or possible damage to the fabric.

Grass Stains
Walked in on shoes, especially during the summer when grass is being cut regularly. Apply some detergent or specialised stain treatment directly onto the grass stain and rub. Any remaining stain can be treated with a little diluted white vinegar.

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Red Wine Stains
A handful of salt should be applied to the stain as the salt absorbs the red colour from the wine. Apply some cold water and leave overnight. Alternatively, call in the experts for those carpet stains you can’t shift. For Commercial Carpet Cleaners Cheltenham, visit https://www.clean-able.co.uk/carpet-cleaning-cheltenham/

Chocolate
Scrape off any excess chocolate and use a soft toothbrush to spread around some detergent on the stain. Gently rub with the brush and allow to sit for ten minutes. Use some hot water to dab at the stain with a white, clean cloth until no more colour can be seen on the cloth.

Chewing Gum
Hot vinegar applied with a paper towel for just under five minutes is the first thing to do. Then try to gently remove the gum and repeat the first step if necessary. Apply some hot water or wash the item on the hottest temperature available in a washing machine.

Fruit Juice
Cold water needs to be applied to help dilute the stain. Pour some detergent straight onto the stain, covering it completely and leave for twenty minutes. Wash the garment on a hot cycle or apply hot water to the stain if on furniture or carpet.

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Coffee Stains
Pour some cold water onto the coffee mark, apply some liquid detergent and rub with a clean sponge. You can also use a soft toothbrush to work the detergent into the fibres and leave to stand for several minutes. Wash with hot water.

Mud Stains
Let the mud dry before tackling. Start by brushing off as much dry mud as you can and mixing some mild detergent and water to rub into the fabric. If the stain is stubborn, try diluting one part white vinegar and one part water to remove the stain. Rinse clean with cold water and leave to dry.

Ink
If pens get dropped onto the office carpet then ink stains are a high possibility! If anyone has a can of hairspray in their bag, then this is the most effective treatment. Spray hairspray onto the stain and leave to soak for a minute. Blot the stain with a clean cloth and repeat until pen marks have gone.