7 Common Stains and How to Remove Them

Accidents can happen in the house, and some of those accidents end up being spills that leave stubborn stains on your fabrics. Knowing what to do when that happens will go a long way to help you get past such situations. Buying furniture, carpets, towels, or linens with light colors comes with some risks. Even a single tiny blemish can be easily seen. To overcome that, here are some cleaning techniques that can help you remove some stains.

  1. Wine spills

A wine spilled

Wine is one of the toughest stains to remove, whether on your carpet, furniture, or bedding. It contains a substance called chromogen which is a major compound in plants used for making dyes. The last thing you want is that pop of color on your furniture. Here are some steps to help you get rid of it.

  • Acts quickly to reduce the amount of time the stain can soak or spread across the fabric
  • Avoid scrubbing the stain as you will be spreading it deeper and wider into the fabric.
  • Instead, use a clean absorbent cloth and gently blot the wine, soaking as much as possible
  • Apply a dry material like table salt, sodium percarbonate, dry soap powder, or baking soda to soak up the remaining bit. Apply a generous amount and give it time to soak as much wine as possible.
  • Vacuum the dry material
  • Finish with a stain removal product like chateau spill

Did you know?
💡A ton of grapes can be produced into 720 bottles of wine.

  1. Makeup stains

Make Up Stain
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Makeup stains can also be problematic to Airbnb hosts. Foundation, lipstick, mascara, and eyeliner have staining qualities. So what happens when a guest forgets to carry their makeup remover? They will look for an alternative, which, unfortunately, could be your white towels. Bedsheets can also have makeup stains because some guests will be too exhausted to wash off before bed. Depending on the makeup used, here is how you can remove stains.

  1. Lipstick

Lipstick stain

Lipstick can be hard to remove, and if you do not use the right cleaning technique, you will find you are spreading it across the fabric. Use a paper towel first to blot the stain off of the fabric, then pour a bit of rubbing alcohol to clean off the makeup pigment. You can finish by using soap and water to wash off the remaining oils and wax.

Did you know?
💡 80% of American women wear lipstick on a regular basis, and more than a 25% won’t leave the house without it.

  1. Mascara

Mascara stain

Some of the places you are likely to see mascara include bed sheets, towels, couch pillows, or any other place that is likely to come into contact with a guest’s head. Apply a stain removing detergent on the makeup stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. Once the detergent has absorbed the stain, use a scrub brush to remove the stains. Rinse the material in cold water, and you are good to go. You can also soak the linen in OxiClean and water if the detergent is insufficient.

💡Eugène Rimmel, a chemist, created a cosmetic utilizing the newly produced petroleum jelly. Rimmel’s name became associated with the product and is still translated as “mascara” in Portuguese, Spanish, Greek, Turkish, Romanian, and Persian today.

  1. Foundation

Foundation stain

Foundations can either be oil-free or oil-based. The latter is harder to remove as it soaks into fabrics easily. If it is an oil-free foundation, apply shaving foam, let it sit for 10 minutes, and then throw it into the wash. For an oil-based foundation, use a dish detergent, let it soak for 15 minutes, and then put it in the wash.

  1. Oil stains

Oil stain

Oil is present in a lot of things, including food, facial products, lotions, and sunblock. Here is how you can remove oil from fabrics.

  • Use a dry paper towel to absorb excess oil
  • Put some cornstarch or baking soda in and let it sit for an hour.
  • Get a toothbrush and massage the powder. The powder will clump up as it absorbs the oil.
  • Apply a small amount of dish wash and gently rub it into the stain to remove the remaining dish.
  • Finish by washing the material.

  1. Blood

Blood is easier to remove when the stain is fresh. Get some hydrogen peroxide and apply a good amount to the stain. Give it a few minutes and grab a cloth to help remove the stain. You can repeat the process a few times if the stain is not coming off. For stubborn blood stains:

  • Massage dish soap over the stains
  • Apply a small amount of ammonia
  • Pour some baking soda, then give it a few minutes.
  • Finish by scrubbing the material and rinsing it with cold water.

Do not let these common stains make your fabrics look unappealing. Use the techniques mentioned above, and your cleaning job will be easy.

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