There is a long list of stains that are tough to bust. Whether they’re on your clothing, furniture or carpet, they are the epitome of frustrating. But before you go crazy trying to scrub the life out of them, we have a short list of stains that are tough to bust (and how to beat them).
Oil stains and grease stains are the worst! The longer they sit and start to set-in, they harder and more permanent they become. Time is of the essence. When you get a grease stain, put the item stain-side down on dry paper towels and absorb as much of the stain as possible. Sprinkle an absorbent powder like baking soda, baby powder, or cornstarch to the stain, and let it sit for 30 minutes, then brush or vacuum off. Once absorbed, use a degreaser (like Tide, Dawn, or OxiClean) and pre-treat overnight. In the morning, wash on a warm to a hot setting in the washing machine or rinse with hot water, or a carpet cleaner.
Immediately put cold water over the coffee stain. Apply something like Tide Ultra Liquid detergent onto the stain and gently rub the fabric together. Some people like to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that helps get the detergent deep into the fibers of the garment, but if on a carpet, use a washcloth or carpet brush. Let it sit for several minutes, and then without rinsing off the detergent, wash on the regular garment cycle at the hottest temperature that is allowed for that item, or rinse with hot water or a carpet cleaner.
Grass stains are one of the hardest stains to get rid of! With a ground-in grass stain, it is recommended to use regular laundry soap like Tide, and an old toothbrush to work liquid deep into the fabric. Once you’ve scrubbed it in, wash with warm water. If the stain is persistent, use a white vinegar solution that is diluted with 4 parts water.
Bloody noses, scrapes, cuts, and even the occasional female visit from ‘Aunt Flow’ can cause a blood stain on clothing or in some cases, carpets. Blood stains can be one of the hardest spots to remove from fabric. The best thing to do is to first soak with cold water and gently rinse, then rub the spot as best possible. This will make the blood stain lighter as it pulls from the clothing. Only use cold water on a blood stain because warm will only set it in, and if soaking it and pre-treating with a liquid detergent like Tide doesn’t work, you can try using hydrogen peroxide or Oxiclean on stubborn spots.
Don’t forget that stubborn spot are called stubborn for a reason! Sometimes you may have to repeat the process more than once! But to learn what stains that are tough to bust (and how to beat them) just use this list of handy tips and good luck! If you have carpet spots that are resistant to change, make sure to contact us today for a quote!