Stain removal can vary greatly in difficulty, from exceedingly easy to nigh impossible, depending on several important factors, including the object the stained, the agent causing the stain, the speed at which you can begin to clean the stain and the environment around the stain. Because of all of these factors, every stain is different, and may require slightly different techniques. Most of them, however, can be bested by using some of the basic stain removal tips found in this article.
Using Water and Saliva to Remove Blood:
Blood stains are notorious for being almost impossible to completely remove once allowed to dry. Simple cold water, however, can reverse this process and make the stain as fresh as if the blood had been spilled only just now. This method, however, is most useful for washable fabric and other materials that can withstand an extended soaking in water. Simply submerge the entire stain in cold water, and wait for 1 to 2 hours. When the stain is removed from the water, the blood will have loosened its hold on the object, and be more than willing to come out with the proper encouragement.
Fresh blood stains can easily be ousted by using the saliva of the person whose blood caused the stain. Enzymes in the saliva break down the chemical bonds of the protein contained in the blood and starts begins to dissolve the stain. This method is useful for both fresh blood stains and those made fresh by soaking as described in the previous paragraph. The easiest and most practical application of this method is to insert a clean, dry cloth into the person’s mouth and keep it there for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cloth is thoroughly drenched in saliva. The cloth can then be used to blot out the blood stain until it is completely gone.
Breaking Down the Sugar in Coffee:
The main cause of coffee stains is sugar. The sugar in the coffee adheres to the item its touching and causes the unsightly black and brown stains. There is, however, an easy method to break down the sugar in coffee and release the bonds, making the coffee stain removal easy. Pour boiling hot water over the stain until no more coffee can be lifted from the stain. Wash and dry as usual afterward, and the fabric should be clean and ready to wear.
Hairspray Removes Lipstick:
Lipstick can leave a telling stain that can get some people into trouble. It also leaves an unattractive mark that can be embarrassing if seen. There exists, however, a cosmetic that can battle lipstick stains, called hairspray. The simple product, found in most homes, has a chemical make-up that starts to breakdown the lipstick, if applied properly. Begin by spraying a thick coat of hairspray on the stained area. Take a bar of hand soap and rub hard on the afflicted area for several minutes. Then take the fabric and launder it normally. When removed form the drier, the stain should be gone completely.
Lemon Juice for Ink Stains:
Due to recent innovations in pen development, ink stains are far less common than in the days of old. Malfunctions, however, do occur and when not in possession of a pocket protector, some serious ink stain removal might be required. Lemon juice is a surprising remedy to remove ink stains. Begin by running cold water on the stain until the water runs clear with no more ink being removed. Make a paste out of one part lemon juice and one part detergent and apply it to the stain. Let it sit 30 minutes, and wash and dry the shirt normally. Repeat is the stain remains.