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Acidic Cleaner

Tips to remove Acidic Cleaner stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

There are many types of acidic cleaners in your home. Spilling an acidic cleaner on your carpet, fabric or upholstery will spell doom as this is a stain that you will not be able to get out. The stain will change and / or remove the coloring in your carpet, which is not reversible.

Some types of acidic cleaners include:

  • Toilet cleaners
  • Acne Medications
  • Battery Acids
  • Bleach
  • Hair Dye
  • Insect Killers
  • Fertilizer for Your Houseplants

And there are many more acidic cleaners / solutions which can affect your carpet color. You will have to replace the carpet or have this one area of carpet replaced for a great new look. 

Acne Treatments

Tips to remove Acne Treatment Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Have you spilled a bit of acne medication on the carpeting in the bathroom or in the bedroom, fabric or upholstery?

Acne medication will not come out, it will actually take the coloring out of your carpet, fabric or upholstery.

You will need to replace this portion of the carpet or call a professional to dye your entire carpet as it will not come out as other stains would.

Acne medication will stain your fabric and upholstery. It will not come out, it will actually take the coloring out of clothes and upholstery.

There is little that you can do to correct this stain.

Acidic Cleaner

Tips to remove Acidic Cleaner stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

There are many types of acidic cleaners in your home. Spilling an acidic cleaner on your carpet, fabric or upholstery will spell doom as this is a stain that you will not be able to get out. The stain will change and / or remove the coloring in your carpet, which is not reversible.

Some types of acidic cleaners include:

            Toilet cleaners

            Acne Medications

            Battery Acids

            Bleach

            Hair Dye

            Insect Killers

            Fertilizer for Your Houseplants

And there are many more acidic cleaners / solutions which can affect your carpet color. You will have to replace the carpet or have this one area of carpet replaced for a great new look.

Acne Treatments

Tips to remove Acne Treatment Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Have you spilled a bit of acne medication on the carpeting in the bathroom or in the bedroom, fabric or upholstery?

Acne medication will not come out, it will actually take the coloring out of your carpet, fabric or upholstery.

You will need to replace this portion of the carpet or call a professional to dye your entire carpet as it will not come out as other stains would.

Acne medication will stain your fabric and upholstery. It will not come out, it will actually take the coloring out of clothes and upholstery.

There is little that you can do to correct this stain.

Alcohol

Tips to remove Alcohol Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Alcohol stains on clothes, fabric and even on carpeting can be a tough situation but you can get this stain out using these cleaning tips.

Rinse your clothes or fabric with hot water and let the item air-dry.  No bleach or soap.  If you still have a stain, soak it bleach or colorfast bleach for half an hour if the fabric instructions allow you then let air-dry.

If stain remains, rinse the fabric with quart of carbonated soda with a quart of water and soak the item overnight if possible. Rinse and air dry.

For carpet, blot the stain with a paper towel or clean cloth if it’s still wet. Spray the alcohol stain with a mixture of a cup of vinegar and two cups of cool water and continue to blot up the alcohol in the carpeting. Vinegar will neutralize the alcohol stain and the odor as well.

For a dry alcohol stain, try using regular bleach-free dishwashing liquid mixed with water to blot up the stain. Be sure to keep changing your towels as you are cleaning so you are not putting any of the alcohol back into the carpet.

If you happen to find that you still have a little of that difficult stain in the carpet, spray the area with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Let the peroxide stay on the carpet for at least half an hour to an hour and then blot it up.

Apple cider

Tips to remove Apple cider Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Apple cider is a liquid that you should try and blot up as soon as you see the stain. If the stain is dry or fresh, soak in the hottest water possible for the fabric that you are working with.

Apply a pretreatment stain stick or spray to the apple cider stained area. Apply a liberal amount of liquid laundry detergent to the stained area, working the liquid in well with your fingers or a soft scrub brush. Rinse the fabric well, and re-inspect for the stain. Repeat as needed until you are sure that the apple cider stain is gone.

For carpet, blot the stain with a paper towel or clean cloth if it’s still wet. Spray the alcohol stain with a mixture of a cup of vinegar and two cups of cool water and continue to blot up the apple cider stain in the carpeting. Vinegar will neutralize the stain and the odor as well.

For a dry apple cider stain, try using regular dishwashing liquid without bleach mixed with water to blot up the stain. Be sure to keep changing your towels as you are cleaning so you are not putting any of the apple cider back into the carpet.

If you happen to find that you still have a little of that difficult stain in the carpet, spray the area with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Let the peroxide stay on the carpet for at least half an hour to an hour and then blot it up.

While it is still wet, the first thing you will need to do is use a few paper towels and blot up any excess liquid that you can on your upholstery. If the stain is already dry, wet the area with a few sprays of water, but without making the stained area too wet. Blot the area with a towel or paper towel to bring out the excess liquid and to start removing the stain.

If the apple cider stain is stubborn and remains after working with the water and blotting method, add a few drops of clear, bleach free liquid detergent to the water that you are using on the upholstery. Spray just a bit on the upholstery and dab or blot off using towels or paper towels to bring out the excess moisture. Rinse the upholstery with a clear water spray, blotting until you bring out all the suds and the moisture from the upholstery. Rinse your upholstery using a mixture of half and half water and white vinegar to prevent the upholstery from holding back any of the detergent in the material. Finally blot the wet area with a towel or paper towel until it is barely wet to touch.

Apple juice

Tips to remove Apple juice Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Working to get Apple juice stains out of your carpet just takes a little extra attention but you can get it out using these tips.

Using a paper towel or a clean cloth, blot up as much of the extra apple juice on the carpeting as you can without pushing it further into the carpet. For large spill, use a wet dry vac to pull out as much of the liquid as you can. Using your spray bottle, spritz the carpeting so that you are wetting the fabric just a bit and then blot up more of the coloring from the apple juice. Continue using a clean part of your cloth to avoid bringing up more of the colored apple juice.

If you have a bit of apple juice stain still in the carpet, use your spray bottle with two cups of water and two tablespoons of dish liquid that is non-bleach. Using your clear water spray, moisten the area and blot until you bring out all of the soap and suds that may be in the carpet fabric. Give your carpet a bit of time to dry so you can see if the carpet is still holding any apple juice color in the fabric.

If you have an apple juice stain on your fabric or clothing, wash the fabric in the hottest water possible for the type of fabric that you are working on. Let the fabric air dry.

If the fabric still has apple juice stain, apply a pretreatment spray or stain stick to the area and let this sit for about ten minutes. Rinse and then launder again. Repeat as needed until the entire apple juice stain is gone.

Asphalt

Tips to remove Asphalt Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Asphalt stains on clothes or fabric, carpeting and upholstery should be worked on first by scraping or picking off as much of the excess asphalt on the fabric as possible. Use your fingers or a butter knife to do so.

Freezing the fabric and then working on the asphalt stain is sometimes much easier. Apply liquid laundry or dish detergent to the stained area and work in well with your fingers or a soft scrub brush. Apply the liquid from both sides of the stain if possible. Let this sit for about fifteen minutes.

If it is allowed on the fabric, soak the item for 10 minutes in a gallon of water with a cup of liquid or powdered bleach and then rinse. Re inspecting for the asphalt stain.

If the asphalt stain still remains, put the stain side down and apply a few drops of dry cleaning fluid to the back of the stain. Repeat as needed until the entire asphalt stain is gone.

Wet your cotton ball or paper towel with a bit of rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning solution. Do not pour either of these items directly on to the upholstery or on the carpeting, just blot and dab at the stain until the entire stain has been lifted.

If you find that the stain still is on the upholstery, wet a paper towel with water and dab at the stained area. Once you have wet or semi wet the stained area, use your paper towel and dab at the area with a bleach free liquid detergent, dab at the stain.

Rinse the stained area well by spraying on a water, bringing out all suds, then blot off. Do not over wet the upholstery while cleaning. After rinsing the stain area, be sure to rinse the upholstery with a solution of water and vinegar, (half and half, using clear white vinegar). Spray this lightly over the upholstery and blot off moisture. If you have acetic acid, you could rinse the upholstery with this in place of the vinegar.

If you still have a bit more stain left in the carpeting, apply a few drops of dish detergent and about a quart of water, to the area that is stained. Continue blotting the area with a wet cloth and then blotting with the dry to bring up more of the asphalt stain in your carpeting. Be sure that you use a liquid that is bleach-free or lanolin-free as this will cause additional stains on your carpeting. Let the area dry and repeat as needed with the above steps you are most comfortable with.

Auto oil

Tips to remove Auto oil Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Dirty auto oil is a difficult mess to get out of your upholstery, carpeting and even on your clothes or fabric. Here are the best cleaning tips so you can get out without leaving a yucky mess. Be sure to always try and tackle a stain while it is fresh.  The older the stain, the more times you may need to repeat these cleaning processes to work out that auto oil stain.

When the accident first happens, take a paper towel and blot the excess auto oil from the, upholstery, carpeting, clothes or fabric.  Don’t rub the auto oil or your stain will get larger.

If the fabric still has auto oil stain, apply a pretreatment spray or stain stick to the area. Let the garment sit for about an hour, and then rub in some clear bleach free laundry detergent using your fingers or a soft scrub brush. Rinse in water and then launder as usual.  Recheck the stain and repeat if needed to remove any remnants of the stain.

If you have a very persistent auto oil stain and your fabric tag states you can use bleach, soak your fabric in a bucket of water with two cups of bleach or two cups of all color fabric bleach. Rinse out the bleach with water. Let the garment dry to check if the stain is gone. If all else fails, use a few drops of dry cleaning solution on the stain, and then blot it up with a paper towel.

For carpeting and upholstery, wet your cotton ball or towel with a bit of rubbing alcohol. Keep using clean portions of your towel and dabbing until you don’t have any more oil coming up or when the stain is gone.

Wet the stained area on your upholstery or carpeting with a mixture of water and clear bleach free detergent or dish liquid and spray over the stained area.  Then rinse the upholstery with clear water, removing both traces of the auto oil and the detergent used to clean this stain. Spray it on, blot and dab to remove the excessive moisture. Rinse the area well with a mixture of water and vinegar to get out deep down auto oil stains, and detergent at the same time.

Stains that are deep in the carpeting can be brought up using a spray of peroxide. Apply with your fingers and then blot up with a clean towel. Spray the stain area with peroxide again and leave this dry for at least an hour and then spray and blot again. Continue until your auto oil stain is gone leaving your carpet renewed!

Baby food

Tips to remove Baby food Stains

Baby food is best treated when it is still wet but this is not always the option. Blot up as much of the excess liquid food as you can. If the food is already dried on the fabric, scrape off any excess food that you can using a butter knife or your fingernails.

Treat the food stain with a pretreatment spray or stain stick, letting the stain sit for about ten minutes.

Apply a liberal amount of liquid laundry detergent to the stained area, working it in with your fingers or a soft scrub brush. Soak the fabric in a cold bucket of water for a few hours or overnight if possible.

Launder the item as usual. Then let the fabric air dry so that you can re inspect the stain.

If the stain is very stubborn, check if you can use bleach – soak the fabric in a gallon of water with a half cup of bleach for 10 minutes. Rinse and re inspect.

If you don’t like using bleach on your baby clothes, you can use a cup of vinegar and two cups of water, soaking the fabric in cold water. Rinse well and then re inspect.

Repeat all or any of these steps as needed to bring out the baby food stain completely.

Baby formula

Tips to remove Baby formula Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Baby formula is best treated when it is still wet but this is not always the option. Blot up as much of the excess liquid as you can. If the formula is already dried on the fabric, carpeting or upholstery, scrape off any excess that you can using a butter knife or your fingernails.

Treat the stain with a pretreatment spray or stain stick, letting the stain sit for about ten minutes.

Apply a liberal amount of liquid laundry detergent to the stained area, working it in with your fingers or a soft scrub brush. Soak the fabric in a cold bucket of water for a few hours or overnight if possible.

Launder the item as usual. You can also add unseasoned meat tenderizer to the area before you wash. Then let the fabric air dry so that you can re inspect the stain.

If the stain is very stubborn, check if you can use bleach – soak the fabric in a gallon of water with a half cup of bleach for 10 minutes. Rinse and re inspect.

If you don’t like using bleach on your baby clothes, you can use a cup of vinegar and two cups of water, soaking the fabric in cold water. Rinse well and then re inspect. Or try putting lemon juice on the area and setting it in the sun and then washing as usual your baby formula stain will lighten and be gone.

Spray the stained area on your upholstery or carpeting with a mixture of three tablespoons of dish liquid in four cups of water. Dab the area until you have brought out all the stain then rinse spray with just water and using a clean cloth to bring the soap out of the carpet.

For stubborn formula stains on your upholstery, rinse the area well with a mixture of half water and half vinegar to get out deep down baby formula stains.

If the baby formula stain is still showing in your carpet, use two tablespoons of peroxide in a cup of cool water. Spray this on the stain and let it sit for about an hour or two and then rinse with a spray of clear water and a clean cloth to lift out the remaining baby formula stains.

Repeat all or any of these steps as needed to bring out the formula stain completely.

Banana

Tips to remove Banana Stains from carpets, fabric and clothes.

Follow these easy steps to solve your banana stain problems.

To remove banana stains from a carpet make a mild detergent solutions and pour it onto the stain then blot. Apply some luke warm water and blot again. As you are doing this you need to soak up as much of the fluid that is being created. Use some towels or tissue to soak it up.

To remove banana stains from fabric or clothes wash the item in the hottest wash that the item can bear. Avoid using soap as that can set the stain. You can also soak the item in warm water with a little enzyme prewash stain remover for about half an hour. If the stain is really old then you may have to use a mild laundry bleach, if your garment allows it.

Battery Acid

Tips to remove Battery Acid Stains

Here is the easiest way to lift out battery acid stains.

To remove battery acid from your clothing, rub a paste of baking soda and water into the spot right away, leave for two hours, then launder as usual.

Beer

Tips to remove Beer Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Beer spills are almost inevitable. But you can work out that beer stain fast and easy using these great cleaning tips.

If you have found the beer stain or spill while it is still wet, the first thing you will need to do is use a few paper towels and blot up any excess liquid that you can. If the stain is already dry, wet the area with a few sprays of water, but without making the stained area too wet. Blot the area with a towel or paper towel to bring out the excess liquid and to start removing the stain. Repeat this wetting and blotting, as needed, until you are no longer bringing out any of the beer stain or until the beer stain is gone.

For stubborn stains on clothes, wash your clothes or fabric in the hottest water possible for the particular fabric. Just use water, no bleach or soap.  Soak the stain for about half an hour with a pre-soak / pre-stain treating stick or liquid. Rinse with hot water and let the item air-dry.  If you still have a stain, treat the fabric with bleach or colorfast bleach if the fabric instructions allow you.  Soak for half an hour and then rinse and let air-dry. If you find that you still have a stain left in the fabric, try rinsing the fabric with a quart of carbonated soda with a quart of water and soak the item overnight if possible. Rinse and air dry.

If the beer stain is stubborn and remains after working with the water and blotting method, add a few drops of clear, bleach free liquid detergent to the water that you are using on the upholstery. Spray just a bit on the upholstery and dab or blot off using towels or paper towels to bring out the excess moisture. .Rinse the upholstery with a clear water spray, blotting until you bring out all the suds and the moisture from the upholstery. This will bring out any remaining stains from the upholstery from the beer. Rinse your upholstery using a mixture of half and half water and white vinegar (clear vinegar) to prevent the upholstery from holding back any of the detergent in the material.

If you have found a dry beer stain over your carpet, try using regular bleach-free dish washing liquid mixed with water to blot up the stain. Keep changing your towels as you are cleaning so you are not putting any of the beer back into the carpet as you continue cleaning it up. Still have a little of that difficult stain in the carpet? Spray the area with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Be sure to let the peroxide stay on the carpet for at least half an hour to an hour and then blot it up.

Beet juice

Tips to remove Beet juice Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Beet juice stains should not alarm you because with this cleaning tip, you can work out that beet juice stain quick without leaving a residue behind!

When you first see the beet juice stain and it is still wet, you should soak up as much as you can with a paper towel or dishcloth. If the stained area is dry, spray on just enough water to moisten the area and blot up as much of the excess liquid as you can. The beet juice will come up with just water.  Continue this until the stain is gone or you have removed all the beet juice that is possible with this method. You can also try soaking a piece of white bread in cold water and put it over the stained area. Once the bread has absorbed the stain, wash as usual.

For difficult upholstery stains, wet a paper towel or cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and then dab on the stained area. Continue to do this until you have removed all of the stain. Rinse with clear water and blot until nearly dry. Other option is repeat cleaning the stain but this time using ammonia on your towel, blotting and dabbing at the stain. Rinse with cold water, dabbing and blotting the area until the stain is removed. Blot the upholstery well, until it is nearly dry. Spray a mixture of water and clear, bleach free liquid detergent and blot off using a clean towel to remove any final remains of the beet juice stain. Rinse with clear water until you have removed all of the suds.

If you have a beet juice stain on your fabric or clothing, wash the fabric in the hottest water possible for the type of fabric that you are working on. Use a bleach free liquid laundry detergent and apply to the stained area before washing. After washing, do not dry the fabric, but check to make sure the entire stain is gone. Let the fabric air dry but don’t put it in the dryer until you are sure the stain is gone. If the fabric still has a beet juice stain, apply a pretreatment spray or stain stick to the area and let this sit for about ten minutes. Rinse and then launder again. Repeat as needed until the entire beet juice stain is gone.

For carpeting, blot up as much of the beet juice as possible using a paper towel. Be sure to pick up any remaining beet, or scrape the beet juice remains off the carpeting before you try to treat the stained area. If you find that you have a huge amount of beet or beet juice on the carpeting, try using a wet dry vac to get up as much as you can. You can try spraying the area with cool water and continue blotting up as much of the excess juice as you can. Keep spraying and blotting until you have brought out the entire stain.

Another solution in getting beet juice and beet stains out of the carpeting is that you can use a spray bottle and a few squirts of dish liquid in the water. Use the same blotting method as mentioned above – spray, blot, spray, blot up and continue until your beet juices are gone from the carpet. If you have just a small amount of juice stain, spray the area with plain water or you can use the mixture of dish liquid and water and lay clean cloth over it. Put a heavy object like a brick or chair leg on the wet area on top of the towel to pull the moisture and the stain out of the carpeting. For the stubborn beet juice stain, use your spray bottle of water and add about a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Keep repeating this as needed and the stain will lift out leaving you with a clean carpet.

Beetroot

Tips to remove Beetroot Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Beetroot or beet stains can be tackled by following these quick and easy steps. So worry no more.

When you first see the beetroot juice stain and it is still wet, you should soak up as much as you can with a paper towel or dishcloth. If the stained area is dry, spray on just enough water to moisten the area and blot up as much of the excess liquid as you can. Continue this until the stain is gone or you have removed all the beet juice that is possible with this method.

Rinsing the stain under cold running water can also remove the beetroot stain. Then wash immediately with a biological detergent that contains bleach. Another method is to soak a piece of white bread in cold water and put it over the stained area. Once the bread has absorbed the stain, wash as usual.

For difficult upholstery stains, wet a paper towel or cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and then dab on the stained area. Continue to do this until you have removed all of the stain. Rinse with clear water and blot until nearly dry. Other option is repeat cleaning the stain but this time using ammonia on your towel, blotting and dabbing at the stain. Rinse with cold water, dabbing and blotting the area until the stain is removed. Blot the upholstery well, until it is nearly dry. Spray a mixture of water and clear, bleach free liquid detergent and blot off using a clean towel to remove any final remains of the beet juice stain. Rinse with clear water until you have removed all of the suds.

If you have a beetroot stain on your fabric or clothing, wash the fabric in the hottest water possible for the type of fabric that you are working on. Use a bleach free liquid laundry detergent and apply to the stained area before washing. After washing, do not dry the fabric, but check to make sure the entire stain is gone. Let the fabric air dry but don’t put it in the dryer until you are sure the stain is gone. If the fabric still has a beet juice stain, apply a pretreatment spray or stain stick to the area and let this sit for about ten minutes. Rinse and then launder again. Repeat as needed until the entire stain is gone.

For carpeting, blot up as much of the beetroot as possible using a paper towel. Be sure to pick up any remaining beet, or scrape the beet juice remains off the carpeting before you try to treat the stained area. If you find that you have a huge amount of beet or beet juice on the carpeting, try using a wet dry vac to get up as much as you can. You can try spraying the area with cool water and continue blotting up as much of the excess juice as you can. Keep spraying and blotting until you have brought out the entire stain.

Another solution in getting beet stains out of the carpeting is that you can use a spray bottle and a few squirts of dish liquid in the water. Use the same blotting method as mentioned above – spray, blot, spray, blot up and continue until your beetroot are gone from the carpet. If you have just a small amount of stain, spray the area with plain water or you can use the mixture of dish liquid and water and lay clean cloth over it. Put a heavy object like a brick or chair leg on the wet area on top of the towel to pull the moisture and the stain out of the carpeting. For the stubborn beetroot stain, use your spray bottle of water and add about a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Keep repeating this as needed and the stain will lift out leaving you with a clean carpet.

Berry Juice

Tips to remove Beetroot Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Berry stains are inevitable when you have small children or when you are entertaining in the home. If you have found a squashed berry or some berry juice in your carpeting, use these solutions to get out the stain:

First, it is important to blot up as much of the juice as possible using a paper towel. Be sure to pick up the berries, or scrape the berry remains off the carpeting before you try to treat the stained area. If you find that you have a huge amount of berries or berry juice on the carpeting, try using a wet dry vac to get up as much as you can.

Using cool water, spray the area with water and continue blotting up as much of the excess juice as you can, just be sure not to pour the water on the stain as this will push the stain out further in your carpeting. Keep spraying and blotting until you have brought out the entire stain.

Another solution in getting berry juice and berry stains out of the carpeting is that you can use a spray bottle and a few squirts of dish liquid in the water. Use the same blotting method as mentioned above – spray, blot, spray, blot up and continue until your berry juices are gone from the carpet.

If you have just a small amount of berry staining or berry juice in the carpeting, you can spray the area with plain water or you can use the mixture of dish liquid and water and lay your clean cloth over it. Put a heavy object like a brick or chair leg on the wet area on top of the towel to pull the moisture and the stain out of the carpeting.

For the stubborn berry juice stain, use your spray bottle of water and add about a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Spraying on the peroxide and water mixture and then working it in to the various pieces of yarn in the carpet blot the moisture up using a clean cloth. Keep repeating this as needed and the stain will lift out leaving you with a clean carpet.


Berry juice can cause stains from berry juice that you drink, spills when you are eating fruits, or if you are eating jellies, jams or other types of goodies that include berry fruit juice like pies and ice cream toppings. Use these tips to work out those berry juice stains fast.

If you have a berry juice stain on your fabric or clothing, wash the fabric in the hottest water possible for the type of fabric that you are working on. Use a bleach free liquid laundry detergent and apply to the stained area before washing.

After washing, do not dry the fabric, but check to make sure the entire stain is gone. You can let the fabric air dry but don’t put it in the dryer until you are sure the stain is gone.


If the fabric still has a berry juice stain, apply a pretreatment spray or stain stick to the area and let this sit for about ten minutes.

Rinse and then launder again. Repeat as needed until the entire berry juice stain is gone.

Sometimes berries can drop on the upholstery, getting squashed in and making a mess. Use these tips for both fresh and dried on berry juice stains on your upholstery for a great clean.

Bleach

Tips to remove Bleach Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Cream of tartar for Bleach stains


If you have a favorite top or skirt or even socks that have been yellowed by using bleach you can whiten them by boiling the item in a quart of water with half a cup of cream of tartar.

General advice for Bleach stains


Bleach is often used throughout your home and is easily spilled. If you have just spilled bleach, reach for paper towels or a cloth and start blotting up the excess liquid. Adding water to dilute the bleach may save the area from becoming discolored it you act fast, but at the same time, you could be pushing the stain out further.

Rit for Bleach stains


If you spill bleach on a single-colored article of clothing, you can try using Rit to restore the color. It is very effective, and quite easy to use – you can even do the entire process in your washing machine. It comes in a wide range of colors, so you should be able to find a color to match, or you can even mix two or more of the colors. The color is as permanent as any clothing dye, so it will fade, but not any more quickly that other dyes normally do. You can help to set the color by soaking them for an hour in a mix of 1/2 cup vinegar, 1/2 tablespoon of salt, and 1/2 gallon of water after you have completed the dying process. If the rinse water shows color after an hour, repeat the procedure.

Blood

Tips to remove Blood Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Ammonia for removing a blood stain


If you have a blood stain first pre-soak in cold or warm water at least 30 minutes. If stain remains, soak in lukewarm ammonia water (3 Tbs. per Gallon of water). Rinse.

If stain remains, work in detergent and wash, using bleach safe for fabric.

Blood stains


To remove blood stains from clothing, try sponging the stains with 3% hydrogen peroxide, or, cover the stains with a paste made of either salt or meat tenderizer and cold water. Let sit for 30 minutes, then sponge with cool water. If the stains are set-in, you may need to treat with a commercial enzyme remover product, such as Biz. Remember to use cold water whatever solution you choose, as heat will set the stains.

When you first are faced with a bloodstain, you should rinse the fabric in cold water to get out as much as you can fast.


If the stain is already dried on, rinsing the fabric in cold water will still get out some of the excess blood leaving you with a smaller amount of stain to deal with. Be sure to use cold water!

Make a mixture of a gallon of warm water, a tablespoon of liquid laundry detergent or dish liquid, and a 1/8 cup of ammonia. Soak your fabric in this mixture for a few hours, overnight is fine.

Rinse the fabric well and re inspect the stained area.


If the stain remains, treat with a stain stick or spray pretreatment. Let this sit for about ten minutes, and then apply a good bit of liquid laundry detergent and work it in with your fingers or a soft scrub brush like a toothbrush.

Rinse the fabric well and then launder.

Check for the bloodstain again before drying in the dryer.

For stubborn stains, apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the stained area, letting it sit for just about ten minutes and then rinse. Repeat the entire process as needed until the bloodstain is gone completely.

If you happen to have an accident in your home and blood is in the carpet, you can get it out using these great tips:

While the blood is still wet, blot up the blood using paper towels or clothes.

Keep blotting until you have gotten all the liquid up that you possibly can without rubbing the carpet. Using a spray bottle, make a mixture of two tablespoons of ammonia and a cup of cool water.

Spray this all over the area where the bloodstain is without making the carpeting too soaking wet because the ammonia will break down your padding under the carpeting.

Continue blotting up the wetness as you spray it so you are lifting the stain as you are blotting it. Using fresh or clean paper towels as you continue spraying will tell you if more of the stain is working its way up. Another solution that you can use to get bloodstain out is to use your spray bottle and add a few squirts of dish liquid.


Be sure that your dish liquid does not contain bleach, as this is another type of stain that will ruin your carpeting. Just a few squirts, about two tablespoons of detergent and three cups of water is going to give you a good cleaning solution that you can spray on the area, then continue blotting to bring up the bloodstain. You will need to ‘rinse’ the area by spraying with just cool water after using the soapy water and blot this up as well to remove the detergent from the carpet.

If you find that you still have a bit of a tinge of bloodstain in your carpeting, you can use your spray bottle with three cups of cool water and add a cup of peroxide. Spraying this on the stain and letting it sit for a bit and then blotting up you will remove any remnants of the stain.

If when cleaning the carpeting it is really wet, use your shop vac and concentrate on one area until you have brought up a lot of the liquid. Blotting and vacuuming without pushing the stain further into the carpeting will give you great success in getting out bloodstains.

If you have blood on the carpet, try this tip as soon as possible while the blood is still wet. Sprinkle corn starch over the area, as the corn starch absorbs the blood just brush it off with a broom and reapply as needed.

Accidents do happen and if you have a bloodstain on your upholstery, one of the best things that you can do is work with the stain while it is still fresh. If the blood is dried on, don’t worry you can still get it out of you upholstery materials.


If the blood is still fresh, blot with a towel or paper towel to soak up the blood. Coffee filters work great, absorbing the liquid without letting go.

If the stain is dried already, spritz with just a few sprays of water and then blot the moisture out of the material. You will find that the water will loosen the bloodstain and bring it up on to your towel.

If the blood stain is fresh and it is possible to soak the clothing item then do so immediately in cold water and the stain will flow out, never use warm or hot as this will set the blood in the material.

Cornstarch and water for egg stains from clothes
As soon as possible, cover blood stains with a paste of cornstarch and water. Allow to dry and brush off. Repeat if necessary. Not for velvet or velour upholstery.

Blood stains with cream cheese or butter
Use cream cheese or butter! Rub in with a little cold water. Quicker than using milk and no bleach action and even works on dried blood.
Blood stains. Use cold water to remove blood stains
If the blood stain is fresh and it is possible to soak the clothing item then do so immediately in cold water and the stain will flow out, never use warm or hot as this will set the blood in the material.

Cornstarch and water for egg stains from clothes
As soon as possible, cover blood stains with a paste of cornstarch and water. Allow to dry and brush off. Repeat if necessary. Not for velvet or velour upholstery.

Blood stains with cream cheese or butter
Use cream cheese or butter! Rub in with a little cold water. Quicker than using milk and no bleach action and even works on dried blood.

Dried Blood. Advice for the removal of dried blood stains

1. Soak in milk and rub until nearly gone.
2. Immerse and rub in ice cold water that has 1 tablespoon ammonia in it per cup of water.
3. Rub with hand soap. Add borax and rub more.
4. Rinse and rub in ammonia solution.
5. Do this until stain is almost 100% gone.
6. Rinse in clean cold water.
7. Spray with hydrogen peroxide and let sit and rub until clean.
8. Rinse in cold water and spray with pre-treat and wash in washing machine.

Continue using whichever step works best for your stain and after all that cleaning there should be no stain left, or very very little.

How to get blood out of clothing

When you get blood on any type of fabric get head and shoulders shampoo and rub it in and the stain will disappear! Even if it’s really old.

Blood stain removal with hydrogen peroxide

If you want to remove a blood stain try using fresh hydrogen peroxide. When it is applied to the stain it will bubble up. Blot and repeat several times until the bubbles lessen. Then wash as usual.

Blood stains removed with ice cubes

Fresh blood stains are easier to remove when you rub an ice cube over the stained area. After you see the ice starting to melt rinse in cold water and launder as usual.

Remove meat juice stains

Scrape with dull blade. Pre-soak in cold or warm water for 30 minutes. Wash with detergent and bleach safe for fabric.

Blood stains removed with Meat tenderizing crystals

If it is more stubborn blood stain then apply a paste of meat tenderizing crystals and cold water to the area and then leave it for about an hour and rinse in cool water, and you will see the stain just flow away!

Blood stains with milk

Milk is great for removing blood from clothing. Pour a little milk on the spot and soak for a few minutes. It will loosen the blood so you can blot it right up. Remember to never use warm water!

Blood stains with Original Pine-Sol

Take Original Pine-Sol and place it in a spray bottle….Simply spray the blood spot with the Pine-Sol and watch it dissolve, if the blood stain is been there for a few days, then you may need to rub the Pine-Sol into the fabric…I used this on our new mattress after my Poodle bled on it…..It WORKED, no more blood spots….I have even used this on our sheets after cutting my leg while shaving the going to bed, getting blood spots on the sheet…

Blood stains with peroxide

To get blood out of clothes or rug use peroxide.

Blood stains pre-soak in cold or warm water

To remove a blood stain pre-soak in cold or warm water at least 30 minutes. If stain remains, soak in lukewarm ammonia water (3 Tbs. per Gallon of water). Rinse. If stain remains, work in detergent and wash, using bleach safe for fabric.

Blood stains. Saliva removes blood stains
Use your saliva on your blood stains, rub, and it doesn’t take long at all. I have tried it and every time, it works.

Blood stain removal with saliva

If the blood is your own, just add your own saliva (spit on it) and watch it disappear.

Remove blood stains from clothing with salt

To remove blood stains from clothing, sprinkle stain with salt and rinse immediately in cold water. If the edges of the stain are stubborn, sprinkle area with more salt and leave to soak.

Blood stain removal with salt

Ordinary table salt is great for removing blood stains. Just dampen the stain and pour salt directly on it. Rub and the salt will pick up the blood! Launder the garment immediately if possible.

Witch hazel for removing blood stains

For removing even SET-IN blood stains….I discovered this by accident:

If it is small, tie an elastic band around the area–as if you were doing tie-dye, and immerse it in Witch Hazel for a few hours. I had a skirt that had a dark blood stain which came out after doing that. The skirt sat in my closet for 2 years until I did that! I was JUST about to throw it out!

Bolognese sauce

Tips to remove Bolognese sauce Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Stains that have been caused by Bolognese sauce can normally be dealt with by normal washing with a biological detergent. However that is not always the case and more stubborn stains can be treated as follows;


Stubborn Bolognese stains can be loosened by soaking in a solution of equal parts glycerin and water. If your fabric is white then you can also soak the item in a hydrogen peroxide and water solution. If your hydrogen peroxide is a 20% volume then you need to dilute it to 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 9 parts water.

Always do the color-fastness test before using bleaches. Never use bleach on wool, silk, flame resistant or easy-care finishes.

Butter

Tips to remove Butter Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

Butter has a greasy oil type residue that can stain both your fabrics and clothing.  If you have found a butter stain accident on your fabrics or clothes, use the following cleaning tips to work out that butter stain.

Pretreat all butter stains with a stain stick or spray.  Leave this sit on the fabric for about ten minutes.  Longer won’t hurt it at all.
Apply clear liquid laundry detergent to the butter stained area.  Rub the liquid in well with your fingertips or a soft scrub brush to work in the detergent while working out the butter.

Rinse the fabric will, and re inspect for the stain.  Hang dry if needed for checking the butter stain.

If the stain persists, you can reapply the pretreatment stain spray and then the laundry detergent.  Be sure to focus on the area where the butter stain is.

If the fabric tag states that you can use bleach on this fabric, soak the fabric in a bucket of three gallons of water with two cups of bleach, liquid or powder.  Let the fabric soak for about ten minutes.

Rinse the fabric well, launder as usual and re-inspect for the butter stain.  Do not dry in the dryer until you have checked for the stain.

If you have a very stubborn butter stain, put the fabric stain side down and apply dry cleaning fluid to the back of the butter stained area.

Let the fabric dry and the launder as usual if the butter stain is gone. Repeat if you can still see it.

If you have found a butter stain on your upholstery, use this tip to work out that greasy stain for a great clean.

It does not matter if the stain is fresh or old, these cleaning tips will work out that stain great.

If the accident has just happened you, first need to blot the upholstery to get out any excess amounts of butter in your upholstery. If the stain is fresh or dried, you now need to spray the stain with clear water. Blot the stained area again to bring out more of the butter from your stained upholstery.

Make a solution of water and a few drops of clear bleach free dish liquid and spray the stained area. Blot using a towel or a paper towel until you are unable to bring out any more of the stain or until the stain is gone. Rinse again spraying clear water over the stained area, blotting to bring out the detergent in the upholstery and any remaining butter stains. Rinse the upholstery again, but this time using a half and half mixture of vinegar and water, clear white vinegar is what you should be using.

Spray the upholstery; dabbing and blotting to bring out any, remaining butter stains in the upholstery. Repeat as needed to get any remaining stains out of your upholstery.

Grease, oil, butter and fat are all the same when it comes to dealing with the stain. They are stains that can be dealt with quite easily in numerous ways.

Calamine Lotion

Tips to remove Calamine Lotion Stains from carpets.

Calamine lotion is used to relieve itchy skin, to help when someone has the chicken pox or when someone has gotten into poison ivy or poison oak among other things.


If you have spilled a bit of calamine lotion in your carpeting, use these tips to get it out of your carpeting without leaving a stain.

Most likely you are catching this lotion right after is has spilled. Scrape up the lotion as much as you can with a butter knife, a plastic utensil, or even a plastic credit card.

Scrape and wipe the lotion on a towel, doing this a few times you will get the majority of the lotion out of the carpet.

Now to tackle the stain: Put a bit of rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and dab the area where the lotion is still in the carpeting. If any color from the carpeting is on your cloth stop with the first rub!


If the color is not coming off onto your cloth, continue cleaning the area but using only small amounts of rubbing alcohol at a time until the stain is gone. Be sure to only blot and dab the area not rubbing the carpeting, as this will cause your stain to go deeper.

Another solution that you can use to bring calamine lotion stains out of your carpeting is to use a spray bottle with about three tablespoons of dish liquid in four cups of water.

Spray and dab the area until you have brought out all the stain, and then rinse the area using just water and a clean cloth to bring the soap out of the carpet.

If you have spilled a bit of calamine lotion in your carpeting, use these tips to get it out of your carpeting without leaving a stain.

Most likely you are catching this lotion right after is has spilled. Scrape up the lotion as much as you can with a butter knife, a plastic utensil, or even a plastic credit card.

Scrape and wipe the lotion on a towel, doing this a few times you will get the majority of the lotion out of the carpet.

Now to tackle the stain: Put a bit of rubbing alcohol on a clean cloth and dab the area where the lotion is still in the carpeting. If any color from the carpeting is on your cloth stop with the first rub!

If the color is not coming off onto your cloth, continue cleaning the area but using only small amounts of rubbing alcohol at a time until the stain is gone. Be sure to only blot and dab the area not rubbing the carpeting, as this will cause your stain to go deeper.

Another solution that you can use to bring calamine lotion stains out of your carpeting is to use a spray bottle with about three tablespoons of dish liquid in four cups of water.

Spray and dab the area until you have brought out all the stain, and then rinse the area using just water and a clean cloth to bring the soap out of the carpet.

For trace remains of a calamine lotion stain in your carpeting, use two tablespoons of peroxide in a cup of cool water. Spray this on the stain and let it sit for about an hour or two and then rinse with a spray of clear water and a clean cloth to lift out tougher stains.
Candle Wax  

Tips to remove Candle Wax Stains from carpets, fabric and upholstery.

To get candle wax out of your carpet, lay a brown paper bag over it and iron with a hot iron. The wax will be absorbed into the paper and out of your carpet.

To remove the candle wax, first chip off as much of the surface wax as possible, using a butter knife or credit card. Then, place several layers of paper towel over remaining wax, and apply a warm iron to draw wax into the paper towels. Replace the paper towels if they become saturated. You could also try using an acetone-based nail polish remover, or a spot dry-cleaning solution with acetone.

Once wax has hardened, scrape up what you can with a dull knife. Put paper towels or and old, white cloth over the area; with iron on low-warm (no steam), gently press.

As wax is lifted, move towels so a clean part covers the remaining wax; repeat until wax is gone. If colored wax leaves a stain, blot with spot remover or carpet cleaner, following label directions.

To remove a candle wax stain, use a dull knife to scrape off as much wax as possible. Place fabric between two blotters or facial tissues and press with warm iron. Remove color stains with non-flammable dry cleaning solvent. Wash with detergent in the hottest water safe for fabric.

Burning candles in your home so you can have those great scents that you love sometimes can lead to accidents where you will find candle wax in your carpeting. Here are a few great tips on how to get candle wax out of your carpeting:

If you have a plastic knife, rubbing the cooled wax, you will be able to bring up a few bigger pieces of the wax and you can throw this away.

After you have gotten a few of the bigger pieces of wax out without pulling on the carpet fibers too much you can move on and get the wax out that is a little deeper in the carpet. Start by using a paper grocery bag (because of the fibers) or a terry cloth towel (because of the multiple textures) place this over the candle wax stain on your carpeting. Using your iron, heat the area on low and the wax will transfer over to the bag or the cloth leaving your carpet good as new!

Be sure not to touch the iron directly on the carpet or you could melt it. If you have some dry cleaning fluid, dab this on the stained area and blot up with a clean cloth. Candle wax stains can be brought up gently using a dabbing motion with a few drops of rubbing alcohol.

The rubbing alcohol will get the coloring from the wax out of the carpeting. Use only small amounts of rubbing alcohol at a time on the candle wax to work it out carefully.

Candle wax stains in your fabrics are going to be much easier to face when you freeze the fabric. Making the candle wax hard, you can pick it off with your fingers, or scrape it off using a butter knife.

To get deep stains out of your fabric, put the stained area between two thin towels and use a warm iron over the stained area. This will melt the wax out of your fabric and onto the towels. Repeat as long as you see wax still coming out of your fabric.

To remove coloring and additional wax from your fabric, put the stain side down on a hard surface and apply a few drops of dry cleaning solution. Let the fabric dry and then launder as usual.

To get hot wax out of carpet first get several pieces of newspaper larger than the stain and a hot iron. Place the newspaper over the hot wax and soak up as much as you can while still hot using several pieces of paper. The newspaper will not soak up a lot of wax so when there is a thin layer of wax on the paper it’s time to get a new piece.


When the wax has dried or if it’s already dried then use the same process using the iron by placing the newspaper over the wax stain and lightly ironing over the paper on top of the wax slowly soaking it into the paper. And like before the paper will not soak up a lot so when there is a thin layer of wax it’s time for a new piece.


You’ll be able to see it soaking through the paper so use caution to not get in on your iron. It didn’t do any damage to my iron but just be careful. It can be a long process depending on the amount of wax but slowly but surely it will come up!!!

Heat your iron up and have paper towels ready. When iron is hot place paper towels on wax, and the iron on paper towels. Make sure you use enough paper towels to not cover your iron in wax. Works on fabric and hard surfaces.

Place a piece of kitchen roll or an old towel over the fabric and iron it off!
Simple yet very effective

Candy

Tips to remove Candy stains from carpets.

Children, guests, and the celebrations that take place in the home often will lead to you finding candy in the carpeting. If you have a candy stain you can get it up using this tip:

Start by scraping or carefully pulling the big chunks of candy from the carpeting. Sometimes using a butter knife or your fingernails you can get the majority of the candy out of the carpeting by carefully picking at the affected area.

The get most candy stains out, a warm water spray and blotting with a paper towel or cloth will work great. The water will break down the sugar and the candy will come right out.


For tougher candy stains, use a mixture of two tablespoons of dish detergent and two cups of water dabbing the area with a wet cloth and then with a dry cloth to bring up the stain. Rinse with clear water and a dry cloth to bring out more of the candy in the carpeting.

For candy stains that leave coloring stains in your carpeting, using a spray bottle with about two cups of water and one cup of vinegar OR one cup of peroxide will bring out the stains that are left in the carpet. Just spray the mixture on the carpet and blot up with a clean cloth to bring the food coloring out of the carpet.

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