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Stain Removal Tips for Top 5 Tough Stains

Stains on clothing and your furniture are a real pain, but before you throw away your favourite dress, yet another school shirt, or go shopping for a rug to cover a carpet stain checkout our Clean Focus tips for removing tough stains.

Red Wine Stains

red wine stain

Drinking a good red wine is one of life’s pleasures, whether it’s enjoyed quietly after a long day when the kids are in bed, or whilst surrounded by good friends at a dinner party. Red wine is not fun when it’s spilt on a white shirt or your cream carpet!  The initial reaction for most people in the panic of a spill is to grab a cloth and scrub at the spill, this is bad news as it will sink the stain deeper into the fibres and increase the size of it. The best thing to do is to grab a highly absorbent cloth and dab the stain to soak up the excess. For carpets, sprinkle a liberal amount of bi-carbonate of soda and watch it suck up the red wine like a sponge. Once the powder has dried, vacuum up and the stain will be gone! For clothes, try and soak the stain before it dries and use an in-wash stain removal as a paste on the stain and leave for a few minutes before popping in the wash.

Coffee Stains

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A shot of hot coffee is the way most people wake up, but when it dribbles on your shirt or dress, it can be bad news. The worst thing you can do is let the stain dry and hide it under a jacket or your tie for the day.  Try and get to a bathroom and soak the stain as much as you can, then dab it with a cloth, or paper towel.  The handy thing about public bathrooms is most of them have hand dryers, so you can soak the stain thoroughly and then dry.  If you’re at home, soak the coffee stained item with detergent and then pop in the wash.

Chewing Gum Stains

chewing gum stain

Chewing gum gets everywhere!  Thoughtless people leave their gum stuck to public transport seats and back seats of cabs, in fact, they leave it in all sorts of inappropriate places. The best way to remove gum stains is to harden the gum. This makes it far easier to remove from fabric.  Pop your item of clothing in the freezer for a while, or alternatively, rub the gum with an ice cube. This will harden the gum enough to be peeled and cracked off with a knife. The gum should come away easily!

Ketchup and Sauce Stains

ketchup stains

Tucking into a juicy burger, butter chicken, or sausage sizzle at Bunnings comes with a small risk of sauce splash back or unexpected squirt! As with most stains, the highest chance of ridding the stain completely is to make sure it doesn’t dry. Soak the stain in water and soak up the excess where you can. Then rinse and sponge the stain with water and white vinegar as a pre-wash stain treatment.

Grass Stains

grass stain

If you play sports or have kids, you will know that grass stains are one of the hardest stains to get rid of.  There are two tips for getting rid of grass stains. The first is heat. Wash your clothing with an in-wash stain remover and set to the highest, safest heat cycle for your clothing. The next is enzymes. Enzymes work really hard to break up the stain during a wash cycle, so look for an enzyme stain remover to give the best chance of removing grass stains completely.

Don’t let stubborn stains ruin your clothing and furnishings. Ensure that you have some bicarbonate of soda, white vinegar, and in-wash stain remover and some absorbent clothes on hand at home so you are prepared when stains attack!

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