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How to treat the 11 most common stains

An accident can happen out of nowhere. You may spill some coffee onto your lap, slip and fall in mud or accidentally get some lipstick on your shirt. However, this is no reason to throw your whole garment or favorite sweater away! When you know exactly what to do with any stain that may occur, you can treat it accordingly and get rid of the stain altogether. Want to learn more? Below are the 11 most common stains listed, together with the corresponding removal method. Read on quickly!

Coffee stains

Treat immediately with warm water. Dab gently with laundry detergent or with diluted vinegar in water. Wash in the hottest water allowed for the material and repeat if necessary. Avoid soap bars or powdered soap as these can cause the stain to set permanently.

Lipstick stains 

Never rub a lipstick stain further into the fabric. Gasoline is the product that you will want to use with this type of stains. Use a new wad of cotton every time you dab the stain with gasoline. Do this until you see no more color pigment on the cotton wad. Then wash normally. You can afterwards remove the (fatty) leftovers with dish soap. 

Wine stains

Directly immerse in lukewarm water. Apply salt to the stain and let it rest for a while. Remove the salt with the use of some water, pat the stain with detergent or glycerine and let it rest upside down on kitchen paper. Rinse the garment and wash it normally according to the label. Do not use green soap.

Tomato sauce stains

Remove the residual sauce with a knife or spoon. Pat some liquid detergent on the stain. Wash with cold water from the inside of the garment (turn the material over), as you do not want the stain to penetrate further into the clothing. Then follow the washing instructions on the label.

Urine and faces stains 

Remove the remains and immediately rinse the clothing in cold water. Soak gently and stir regularly in cold water with laundry detergent. Repeat this and allow the clothing to soak for approximately 20-30 minutes. Then wash immediately. You can bleach the garment if necessary but don¿t do this when it comes to diapers.

Sweat stains and collar discoloration

Wash with warm water and a detergent. If the yellow discoloration remains, you can soak the garment in warm water with some salt, or you can use an enzyme-based agent. Bleach can be used on white clothes, but only as a last resort.

Chocolate stains 

Does your shirt or overhemd a chocolate stain? Mix one teaspoon of gentle liquid laundry detergent with some water. Gently rub this into the stain to clean it. Chocolate is brown but especially fat! So you choose a substance that dissolves fat, which detergent is the best for. Clean the stain with a sponge with clean water.

Mud stains 

Immerse and stir in lukewarm water in order to remove as much mud as possible. Add some laundry detergent and let soak for about 20-30 minutes. Rinse and repeat. Then wash the garment normally and optionally treat the remaining stain with bleach if possible and necessary.

Butter and fat stains 

Treat immediately with lukewarm water and laundry detergent. Place it upside down on kitchen paper and let it rest. Repeat if necessary. For difficult stains you can use bleach on the inside of the men¿s clothing or herenkleding.

Blood stains 

Wash with cold water. If possible soak in water that is at room temperature for a minimum of 10-15 minutes. Treat the stain with a product with enzymes or with ammonia. Wash separately.

Removing bad smells

Not all stains are visible with the bare eye. If any bad smells remain after washing, you can apply calcium carbonate (lime) and let this sit for a few hours. You can shake the excess product off the clothing or you can use a hand vacuum cleaner for this.

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