Let's face it; stains happen to all of us. Whether it's red wine stains on your brand new carpet, gross grass and bloodstains on your kids' clothes, or sweat stains on the best work shirt you own, stains seem to be inescapable! So what now? Do you throw the whole thing away and buy anew? Absolutely not. You hop on Google and search "how to get rid of _ stain" and wind up here, scouring through this article as fast as you can before the stain sets. Well, you're in luck. We're going to make this quick and simple, tackling the toughest stains with miscellaneous products and items you already own.
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Protein-based stains are among the most troublesome and most time-consuming stains to remove, but are not impossible! They also include things like foods containing cream, cheese, eggs, baby food, or from urine or fecal material. Moving quickly on these stains will provide the most desirable results.
Water-based stains are probably the most frustrating. Not because they're difficult to remove, but because they usually happen at the most inopportune moments. Big meeting? Why not spill your coffee down the front of your outfit. Family dinner? Why not let the messy child spill their grape juice all over your freshly washed carpets? Although they may make you want to scream, water-based stains can often be cleaned in a normal wash cycle! For slightly tougher stains, follow these simple steps.
Oil-based stains are among the most common stain you will encounter. These stains usually come from oil or grease based products that we use everyday such as motor oil, cooking oil, hair products or lotions with oil in them, bacon grease, lard, and butter.
Pets, eerily similar to children, can be messy and unpredictable. They come with a completely different set of smells and accidents. To keep your home smelling fresh and clean, check out some of these tips we've gathered!
The Humane Society suggest you "Add a one-pound box of baking soda to your regular detergent and wash as usual, air-drying if possible. If you can still see or smell the soiling, wash again with an enzymatic cleaner — these break down pet-waste odors." If you don't have any enzymatic cleaner, try this homemade carpet shampoo specifically for pet odor and stain.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends you "Start by rinsing the area thoroughly with plain water. Rent a wet vac and keep saturating and vacuuming the area until clean." If that method doesn't quite get rid of the odor then they suggest to use an enzymatic cleaner - "These bio-based cleaners work on a molecular level to break down and remove odors and stains. Be sure to choose an enzyme-based cleaner made specifically for pet stains."
The Humane Society urges that you "replace the wood on your furniture, walls, baseboard or floor is discolored, the varnish or paint has reacted to the acid in the urine." This ensures that your place feels clean and your pet is safe!