Coffee Cup With Stain On Carpet

Your ultimate guide to removing stubborn stains!

Stains are no match for us! We’ve got the ultimate guide to getting rid of tough and stubborn stains.

Red wine spills after a hard day, kids paint marks that have made it past the carpet protector and hair-dye that gets just about anywhere! No matter what stain you’re tackling here are some great tips and products to rid your clothes and carpet of pesky stains and marks.

Stains, you’re not sta’in!

Wine

We’re going to call it and say wine is your biggest stain issue right now! You’re enjoying a nice glass after a hard day and all of a sudden it’s everywhere. Instead of ramping that stress back up, here’s how to sort it.

Red Wine Spilt On Carpet
Spilt on clothes?
Fill a sink or a bucket with warm water and washing detergent and gently soak the item for about an hour. Gently wring out the excess water and wash in your machine as normal.

Spilt on the carpet?
Dab out as much of the stain as you can with a microfibre cloth and warm water. Apply an effective stain remover and leave for around 3 minutes then gently dab again with a wet cloth. For more stubborn stains, repeat the process again and leave the stain remover for a little longer.

Tea and Coffee 

Similar to wine, coffee and tea stains can be a nightmare! Act quickly and follow these tips for fast and easy removal.

Coffee Spilt On Computer And Desk
Spilt on clothes?
Pour warm water directly on the garment and add a few drops of laundry detergent. Gently rub this in and then rinse. You could even use some white wine vinegar mixed with water. Then pop it in the wash on a normal cycle.

Spilt on the carpet?
Similar to the wine stains, dab the stain with a cloth and leave a stain removal solution for around 3 minutes or more depending on the stain. Wash away with warm water and your stain should be no more!

Ink & Felt Tip

Turned your back for 5 seconds and the kid’s of got hold of the pens? Maybe you dropped your markers and ink has spilt all over the floor. Whatever the situation, don’t panic!

Ink Pen Leaked In Shirt Pocket
Spilt on clothes?
Save your favourite t-shirt or the clothes your kids have just put on! Blot the stain with a dry paper towel to remove as much as possible. Place a clean white cloth under the garment beneath the stain and moisten with an ink and felt stain remover. Leave for 3 minutes (10 for larger stains) and dab with a clean damp cloth.
Spilt on the carpet?
Dab the stain with a dry paper towel to remove as much as possible. Try using oil-free hairspray on a dry cloth and dab the stain until it fades. If this doesn’t work, apply a carpet stain remover directly onto the stain and let it soak for around 60 seconds. Dab the stain with a clean cloth and warm water.

Paint 

Kids Paint

Let’s deal with the easy kind first! If your kids have somehow got more paint on their clothes and your carpet than the actual paper, here’s how to remove it!

Young Boy With Paint On Face And Shirt

Spilt on clothes?
Kids paint is usually washable so it should be pretty easy to remove from clothes. It’s best to get it before the stain completely dries. Use a spoon or dull knife to remove as much of the paint as possible, apply a washing detergent to the marks and wash as normal.
Spilt on the carpet?
Again spoon as much of the paint off as possible and it should easily remove with a carpet stain remover and a wet cloth. If the paint has dried, try dabbing it with some nail varnish remover until it starts to fade.

Wall Paint 

Now for the real pain! Removing wall paint from your latest decor phase can be a nightmare. Luckily, we’ve got tips on how to do it.

Paint Brush With Pink Paint On Carpet

Spilt on clothes?
Place a clean white cloth under the garment beneath the stain and thoroughly moisten with a paint stain removal solution. Leave it to work for 3 minutes (10 for stubborn stains) and gently dab away with a clean, damp cloth. Wash in your usual cycle to completely remove.

Spilt on the carpet?
Blot the spot with a wet paper towel to remove as much paint as possible. If the stain is dry, apply a small amount of dish detergent with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes. Use a knife to gently scrape the paint as it softens. Then, clean with a carpet stain remover and vacuum. If you have a steam cleaner, this is great for helping to soften and remove.

Mud and Grass 

If you’re around kids or are a budding gardener, mud and grass stains will be something you come across a lot!

Kids Playing With Grass Stained Clothes

Spilt on clothes?
Place a clean white cloth under the garment beneath the stain and thoroughly moisten the stain with a mud and grass stain solution. Leave for 3 minutes (10 for stubborn stains) and dab with a damp cloth. Wash on your normal cycle to remove completely.

Spilt on the carpet?
It’s usually the mud from shoes that spreads around your carpet. A normal carpet stain remover and some elbow grease should do the job!

Cooking Oil and Fat

If you’ve been trying your hand at cooking, oil and fat can splash out on your clothes and can be a nightmare to remove! Here’s what you can do:

Cooking Oil Pouring Into Pan

Spilt on clothes?
If you’re mid cooking, try and take a quick break to act fast with this type of stain. First, dap the area with a dry paper towel to remove as much as possible. Then, apply a cooking oil and fat remover to the area, leave for 3 to 10 minutes and gently remove with a damp cloth.

Alternatively, you can try baking soda and washing up liquid. Cover the area with baking soda and leave to soak for 30-60 minutes, then scrub with an old toothbrush. For the remaining stain, apply a small amount of washing up liquid with your fingers and wash as normal.

Hair Dye

Hair dye is made to stay put! If you’ve decided to be your own hairdresser and dye your hair, you’ve probably come across this dilemma!

Woman Dying Hair In Mirror

Spilt on clothes?
Rub some laundry detergent on to the stain, rub with a soft-bristled brush and rinse well. Wash in your normal load and repeat if necessary. If it’s white clothing (don’t cry), apply some chlorine bleach, soak for 15 minutes and rinse well.

Spilt on the carpet?
Use a spoon or knife to remove as much of the hair dye as you can. Mix two cups of cool water, a tablespoon of distilled white vinegar and a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and dab the area with a cloth or sponge. Leave the solution on for 10-15 minutes then blot with a paper towel. Repeat the process if necessary.

Antiperspirant & Sweat

If you’re an experienced jogger, gym-goer or you’ve just taken up a new sport, you’re no stranger to antiperspirant and sweat stains and smells!

As soon as you’ve finished your exercise take off your clothing and moisten the stain with an antiperspirant and sweat stain remover. Leave the solution to work for up to 30 minutes and wash as normal.

Baking soda is also great for this. Mix 4 tablespoons with warm water, rub it into the stain and leave the item to soak for around 2 hours. Then wash as normal.

 Animation Of Woman With Stain On Top

 Top Tips

  • Treat stains as soon as possible – fresh stains are always easier to remove as they have not yet set into the fabric.
  • Be wary of using hot water, as heat can often “set” a stain.
  • Do not soak wool or silk. Instead, use a specialist ph-neutral detergent to protect the delicate fibres.
  • Always treat a stain from the wrong side of the fabric.
  • Never rub – always dab. This is to stop stains from spreading and to also reduce the risk of fibre damage.
  • Always work inwards to the middle of the stain to avoid spreading the mark further. Alternatively, place a clean cloth under the stain and work the stain and stain remover onto the cloth underneath.
  • Always check wash care label instructions as some fabrics are not suitable for stain removers which contain enzymes.

With many of these common stains, it’s best to pop the item in the washing machine following your removal. Here are 7 washing machine settings you probably aren’t using that will help you with the chore!


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