Cleaning Common Stains – Milk, Tomato Sauce, Pencil

clean common stainsMilk stains really don’t seem that hard to clean, but in fact, they are and it can take you up to an hour to remove them entirely. The problem is that once milk dries on a fabric it can darken and the stain turns into a big mess. Here is what you should do with milk stains.

Step 1: As a general rule for most stains, the quicker you treat it the better. Put the fabric in cold water and leave it there for about 10 minutes. Make sure you are using cold water as warm water will darken the stain.
Step 2: After soaking the fabric if the stain is still visible, rub some liquid detergent for laundry and soak the fabric for half an hour in room temperature. Rub the stained area gently every few minutes – this way the detergent will penetrate the fabric quicker and will loosen the stain. Rinse the fabric thoroughly and check the result.
Step 3: You can add some type of stain remover like gel or stick or spray the stain and leave it to sit for about 10 minutes. You don’t have to rub the fabric while waiting.
Step 4: If the stain remains, repeat steps 1, 2 and 3. If the stain has dried you will need to treat it several times before you remove it fully.

One of the nastiest stains on any piece of clothing is that of tomato sauce. It can look quite nasty and you simply can’t hide it. However, you can clean it quickly and with just a few easy steps.
Step 1: Treating the spot as soon as possible is advisable, especially if there is excess tomato sauce on the fabric. You can remove it with a butter knife or a spoon. Be careful not to smear the area even further.
Step 2: Run cold water through the fabric, from the back side of the stain to get off as much as possible.
Step 3: Rub some liquid detergent through the stain with circular motion.
Step 4: If the stain remains and the clothing is white you can use a mild bleach (vinegar, lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide) and apply it with a sponge. Rinse the clothing well afterwards.
Step 5: If the stain of tomato sauce is particularly stubborn you will need to use a stain remover and repeat some of the steps.

A useful tip is to check what kind of stain it is before you treat it – if it is a combination of food and oil, then treat the oily part first with a dishwasher liquid.

Quite a common stain is caused by pencils. Even though we use pencil on paper stains are often found on our clothes afterwards. It is not hard to clean them and it takes only about 10-15 minutes. First of all, try to erase the pencil. You may be surprised at how easy it is to simply use a pencil eraser. If you rub the stain gently you can do a really good job. If it remains use a stain remover – apply it and follow the product’s instructions. Wash the garment normally in the right temperature for the given fabric.

Mas you can see from the above-mentioned tips most common stains can be treated pretty easily and successfully. Don’t despair if tomato sauce goes on your new white shirt while eating your spaghetti. You can deal with just about any stain with the great cleaning products available on the market these days.

Nicole really enjoys sharing interesting home cleaning and organizing tips. You can check http://www.cleanngone.co.uk/ for some of her latest publications.

On October 22nd, 2012, posted in: Uncategorized by

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