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Tips For Cleaning All Sorts Of Stains
14Apr 2014
Tips For Cleaning All Sorts Of Stains1.    Act Fast.If you allow a stain to dry out or gunk up, then the chance of getting it out of the surface that it has affected will get smaller by the minute. You will find that acting early will prevent this from happening, so whilst it is easy to pour a little white wine and some salt on a red wine spill and get back to the part, or to ignore the soy sauce spots on your shirt as you cook, you should try to get the stain sorted as soon as it happens, otherwise you may risk never getting it out at all! 2. Keep the stain wet.This basically prevents the pigment in the staining material from settling into the surface that the stain is on. Stains generally happen on fabrics and other fibrous materials, but they can affect hard surfaces as well. If you have a porous material like unprotected stone or wood, certain fluids can stain the surface, making it look unsightly. Acting fast and wiping the stain up, then scrubbing it with a little water and PH neutral detergent or soap will usually remove the likelihood of the stain setting in. With fibers, keeping the stain moist will prevent it from settling into the fibers as it dries, and this is the best way to give yourself time to attack the stain properly. 3.    Absorb as much of the stain as possible.Dabbing at the stain with a clean cloth or a paper towel will absorb the liquid that is likely to stain the fabric. The more that you can get up in this way, the more you will not have to deal with when cleaning further. Of course, this process will dry the stain out as more liquid is drawn from the stained area, so be sure to prevent it from drying out fully by repeating step 2. Do not rub the stain with the towel, as this may spread the stain further around the affected area, giving you a wider area to clean. Push into the stain with the cloth to draw the liquid.4.    Harden hardening stains.In direct contrast to the above rule for liquid stains, materials like wax, gum and tar should be hardened and then peeled away, rather than kept wet and cleaned. The hardening aspect of the material that is staining will ensure that a fair amount of the stain will come away when it is solid and peeled off. Use ice cubes in a bag to cool and harden the stain, and ensure that it is really quite hard before you try to remove it. When it has been removed, there will still be residue left behind, but even that may be removable with a pin or scraper. 5.    Use fizz action cleaners.Oxy action cleaning products are often the best for stains, but if you don’t have any to hand you can use baking soda. When mixed with salt, baking soda and a little water can be a great combination for removing the last marks of a stain from fabric. The baking soda fizzes away at the stained area, lifting the pigment from the fibers, and the salt absorbs the liquids as they are extracted. You should use a gentle rubbing or light scrubbing, but be careful that you don’t end up extending the surface area of the stain in the process! When you feel that you have done all you can, towel the area dry to remove any last bits of color.