General Know-How of Handling Stains Like a Pro

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There are some rules that are pretty much the “common sense” of dealing with stains and you should definitely know them. We should face the fact that stains unavoidably happen – if you have small children or pets at home, you know that they occur on daily basis. Read on and find out which are the main principles of handling a stain and on the other hand the biggest ‘No’s’ when you are treating one.

  • Let`s begin with the things that you should do – he most important of them all is to act as quickly as possible. In general most of the stains can be removed when they are still fresh. Once they have set, they may be a nightmare to get rid of! The most common example is with a paint spill on the carpet. If you treat it right away, all of the pigments will easily come off. However, if you leave it at some later point, it is most likely for you to need the help of professional carpet cleaners.

  • You should find the origin of the stain – it depends whether it is a protein stain, an oily stain, etc. Sometimes a proven efficient method for a certain type of stain may prove wrong when treating another the same way. This is the case with chlorine bleach on perspiration stains – you will just make them worse.

  • The next thing you have to check is the kind of fabric or surface the stain is on. You can`t treat wood with acids so forget about polishing the surface with vinegar. Some synthetic fabrics are very vulnerable to chemical solvents which may result in discolouration and damaging the structure.

  • Always be prepared – keeping ’emergency stain kit’ on hand is crucial. General stain removers are white vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda. Another must is having a good stock of paper towels. It`s a good idea to keep a multi-purpose stain remover just in case you are not sure whether you should treat the spot with any of the aforementioned household items. They may be expensive but opt for one that can treat few different types of stain – for instance, oil-based, protein stains like blood and eggs, etc. Some modern housewives even buy a dry cleaning detergent that is perfect when it comes to handling stains on delicate fabrics like carpets and upholstery.  In fact in similar approach professionals in upholstery cleaning efficiently remove different stains from sofas.

  • Don`t try to remedy a situation by using harsh approaches when you can simply get rid of the stain with water and mild soap. Once you have tried that go for the big guns. A common mistake that people do is not being patient enough. Sometimes the cleaning solution should be left to act for a couple of minutes. Don`t rush to rinse the spot. Yet, if you use a harsh chemical if you let it sit for too long, there is a risk of damaging the material.

  • Now, about the total ‘No’s’ when it comes to treating a stain. Do NOT panic – when you hectically start running around for a solution you won`t find one. Be calm and decide which will be the most suitable method of dealing with a particular stain. If you don`t rethink carefully the tips above and just grab the first thing you see you can just worsen the situation.

  • Another common mistake is that many people instinctively start rubbing rigorously. However, in a lot of cases, the approach should be gentle as otherwise, you can simply spread the stain further. When you act slowly and gently the chance of damaging the surface drastically lowers.

  • Mud stains are one of those exceptions to the rule to act immediately – when the spot fully dries it is much easier to be brushed off rather than start cleaning it right away. The soil will go deeper in the fabric and it will be a stain challenge even for the most diligent housewife!

  • Always have in mind that you should test whatever product you are using on a small patch on the surface. Don`t risk to ruin your item just because you neglected this part! Sometimes even a stain remover that is known to be efficient can cause a worse stain after it fully dries. This is fully valid when it comes to using bleach as a stain remover. Don`t miss to check the labels too – you may think a certain material is washable but sometimes it turns out that you have assumed wrongly. Double check for a peace of mind!

When you are handling stains, always try to find an eco-friendly way. Yes, commercially-bought stain removers may be really efficient but usually, they contain large numbers of chemicals that may be hazardous for you and your family! When there is no other option but to use them, make sure you ventilate the area thoroughly afterwards. Now that you know this general tips, you don`t have to panic every time your kid drops their food on the tablecloth.

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