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Removing Household Stains Solutions and Ideas

As a Home Building Expert, I have had to deal with a lot of in-house construction incidents like workers spilling coffee on a newly installed carpet or
a worker cutting his hand and leaving bloodstains on drapes or upholstery fabrics and such. So I have through my career, to come up with a fast and proven cleaning solution that has saved me time and money and that may help you as well.
*Rubbing any stain with paper towels or cloths only serves to spread the stain more, so just pat and dab the stain.
*Also using Vinegar on certain fabrics other than white color items could cause some color distortion or fading. If you do use Vinegar always dilute with water by at least 30-50% of water.

Mud on your carpet? Wine on your living room furniture?
Stains are one of life’s guarantees—they’re bound to happen sometimes, no matter how much of a neatnik you are. Luckily, you’ve got our ultimate guide to common laundry and carpet stain removal to teach you how to knock out common household stains, from muddy paw prints to red wine spills.
(Quote from The Home Matters)

Removing Coffee Stains:
For stubborn coffee stain removal, we suggest pouring club soda over the stain and blotting. Alternatively, patting a coffee stain with plain white vinegar or, for deeper stains, soaking a stain in a mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water may help before washing as usual. As a bonus, this vinegar tip also helps remove fruit juice stains.

Removing Mud Stains:
Rainy days get us down—especially if the rain creates mud and that mud makes its way into our carpet fibers. For synthetic fiber rugs, first, allow the stain to dry, then vacuum up as much of the dirt as possible. Mix 1/4 teaspoon of dish-washing detergent into 1 cup of warm water, and dab onto the stain with a clean cloth to saturate it. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes, then use a dry cloth to soak up the excess liquid and repeat the process with plain warm water. For natural fiber rugs, follow the same process and then repeat using a mixture of one cup white vinegar to two cups water, then repeat the process with the detergent mixture again.

Removing Red Wine Stains:
This tip works for red wine stains on upholstery, bedding and most importantly carpeting and rugs. For all fresh spills immediately sprinkle baking soda (or salt if no baking soda) on the affected spot. Let the baking soda soak-up the spill then blot (no rubbing) the spot. follow-up with Mix 1/4 teaspoon of dish-washing detergent into 1 cup of warm water (wait 10 min) then dap until gone.

Removing Blood Stains:
To remove blood stains from carpeting or upholstery, sponge with a mixture of 1 tablespoon liquid dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of cold water. If the stain is dry, brush the stain well with soft bristles and then sponge. Rinse with cold water, blot with a clean cloth and repeat until the stain is removed. For stubborn blood stain removal, blot with a mixture of one tablespoon of ammonia and 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Then sponge with a clean sponge and cold water, and blot dry with a clean cloth.
A quick tip: to remove blood stains from your clothes or other household fabric, never use hot water. Instead, rinse fresh stains with cold water before laundering in cold water, or for dry stains, soak in cold water and then launder cold.

Removing Pet Stains:
If the stain is still wet, begin by soaking it up as much as possible using paper towels or cloth, not a newspaper. The newspaper contains ink which can be deposited into the area your trying to clean. Use thick layers and stand on top of them for about a minute to best soak up the stain and fight odors. Rinse the area with cold water. Use Baking Soda to help with pet odor, then vacuum when dry. 

Attacking a fresh stain occurring stain is Vidal…as you know, the longer you wait the worse gets and harder to clean.
In my house, I use a fast cleaning response using Dawn dishwashing detergent. Yup, it works for sure!
Put simply, there is a secret ingredient. While the complete “recipe” is inaccessible for the masses, a Dawn spokeswoman has pointed the magic to uniquely powerful surfuctants—or, the chemical compounds that reduce the surface tension of a liquid when it’s dissolved, aka the stuff that cuts the grease.
In a spray bottle, combine ¼ teaspoon dishwashing detergent (not dish soap or laundry detergent) with 1 cup of warm water. Spray on the stain and repeat as needed. Towel dry.
All solutions for home living have some advantages and disadvantages…“There are no perfect solutions out there, only the ones that are perfect for you.”
Chris Town/

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