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Cleaning Tips

5 Ways Your Cleaning Service Can Remove Stains From Items

November 11, 2020

Every household has to deal with laundry, it’s a necessary chore. We also have a handful of clothing items that have stains, they’re just unavoidable – especially if you have kids. Get rid of stains, not your clothing. With the following tips your cleaning service can remove pen, dirt, grass stains and more. Save your […]

Every household has to deal with laundry, it’s a necessary chore. We also have a handful of clothing items that have stains, they’re just unavoidable – especially if you have kids. Get rid of stains, not your clothing. With the following tips your cleaning service can remove pen, dirt, grass stains and more. Save your favorite items and avoid tossing out what you can salvage.  Say ’bye-bye’ to stains forevermore, with the knowledge on how to eliminate them.

“To get rid of what you no longer need is neither wasteful or shameful.”

 ― Marie Kondo

Conquer Grass Stains

If you or someone in your household is active and/or plays sports outside, a grass stain is sure to appear at some point. The well-known household cleaner, OxyClean, does a great job of removing most stains – including grass. Looking for something a little more natural? Try adding the following ingredients together, as noted on TipsBulletin. Mix, apply, and scrub lightly with a toothbrush:

  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 cup plus 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • ½ cup vinegar
  • Liquid dish soap
Grass lawn. Photo by Petar Tonchev on Unsplash.

Eliminate Pen Marks

After a long day at work, or school, we can often accidentally get a pen mark or two on our clothing. Not to worry, we can get the pen out relatively quickly. Tide.com recommends using rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer to dilute the ink. Set a paper towel under the clothing to absorb excess ink and blot with a second paper towel on the top of the fabric. Repeat until all ink is absorbed, then toss in the wash.

Get Food & Oils Out

We’ve all spilled food on our shirts before, and sometimes it happens to be a favorite blouse or even a white pair of jeans. Food and oils from food can stain our clothes permanently if we let them sit for too long. A stain remover pen can fix it if you know you’re not going to be home for a couple of hours. If you have the ability to wash your clothes at home, take dishwashing soap to the stain (after gently removing any large food particles on top of the fabric).

Let the soap sit anywhere between a couple of minutes to a few hours depending on the stain. Lightly scrub, and wash on cold. If the stain is still present, repeat the process and let the soap stand for a longer period of time.

Zap Wine, Coffee, or Soft Drinks

Ever in a morning rush and simply spill coffee on your clothes? Or turn to the side and watch your wine glass tumble over onto your evening outfit? Both types of stains are easy to remove. With a coffee stain, you can rub laundry detergent or liquid soap on the stain. Let it sit for a few minutes or more depending on how severe the stain is. Spruce.com recommends adding a little cold water into the coffee stain with the soap before letting it soak.

With wine, you can mix 1 part dish soap together with 3 parts hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for a couple of minutes to an hour, wash, and inspect to make sure the stain is removed before drying. As noted above, treat the stain, wash, and repeat as necessary. As a preventative measure, some furniture colors can help cleaning companies avoid stains entirely.

Wash Away Dirt & Dust

Dirt stains happen and normally accompany grass stains. Work to scrape off excess dirt or mud. Dust is a little easier to treat, as a simple wash is normally what treats dust stains. Soak your muddy or dirt-stained clothing items in detergent and water for about an hour. Wash separately, inspect for any stain traces, and repeat if necessary.

Now that your cleaning service is prepared with stain-treatment knowledge, you can remove the stains that once hindered you. Get rid of stains with the right cleaning methods, not your clothing items.

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By Danielle Brockman