clean and remove all stains
Remove any stains from any surface with this handy sheet. Blood, mud, grease, wine, rust, makeup, oil, ink, gum… Removing a stain will become child’s play.
Removing a blood stain
In synthetic, to remove a blood stain try to clean by gently rubbing with soapy water.
On delicate fabrics (silk, wool), cover the stain with wet starch, then gently rub the stain when the starch has dried on it.
Cotton fabric and other natural fibers, immerse in cold water, then try to clean with not too hot soapy water, before rinsing (rinse with bleach if the stain is disobedient!).
Soak quickly in cold salty water, then wash as usual. The use of hydrogen peroxide in dry lines is recommended.
Mud and tar
Use scarlet water, or alternatively butter the stain, leave it to act and clean with turpentine. Rinse and put in the washing machine.
Scrape off the stain to remove excess wax, then apply blotting paper (paper towel type), and heat with an iron. The wax becomes liquid and will be absorbed by the paper.
After removing the excess, apply a touch of methylated alcohol or a solvent recommended by the manufacturer.
Absorb the stain as much as possible with a blotter. Then, depending on the nature of the fabric:
Cotton: 90° Alcohol or water + lye mixture.
Synthetic: Apply lemon juice.
Wool and silk: Dilute and apply 1/3 of methylated alcohol and 2/3 of water.
Do not use water. Remove excess fat and sprinkle with an absorbent product (talc, see flour).
Allow to dry and spray with a degreasing agent such as mineral spirits. Rinse and wash.
Rub a cloth soaked in lemon juice on the cotton and water with ammonia or methyl alcohol, if the fabric is more fragile.
Place the stained side of the fabric on blotting paper and soak the back with 90° alcohol. If the stain is oily, prefer a “Greasy” treatment.
Dissolves with alcohol at 90°C.
To remove mold, wash at a high temperature (90°c) if the fabric allows it, or use hydrogen peroxide diluted with water and bleach.
Do not let it dry and apply a solvent (type White spirit). Consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
Prepare a mixture of water, salt and lemon juice and apply it to the stain. Otherwise, use an antioxidant product.
To remove a tomato stain, simply rub the stain with a cloth soaked in milk (if the stain is recent).
Otherwise, it is advisable to wet with a mixture of water and sodium bisulfite (25 g for 1 L of water).
To remove a wine stain, there are several techniques. Among other things, it is possible to sprinkle the stain with salt, corn flour, talcum powder or terre de Sommières, or even flour.
Afterwards, the stain can be left to dry and then rubbed with a cloth soaked in milk. It is also possible to wash the stained clothes cold or at 30 degrees (not higher so as not to cook the stain).
If the wine has just been spilled, dry it with a clean cloth and immediately rub it with a sponge soaked in carbonated water.
Vinegar or cold water can also be effective.
For a carpet, prefer the combination of salt (in quantity!) + hot milk (or vinegar).
For a few days stain in cream, 55% linen and 45% cotton: soak the stain in a soft drink (Perrier type), then add cleansing gel (bath type) to the bleach (no soap because it turns blue), you will have a perfect result (cold wash of course).
If the stain has just been made, the fabric should be washed immediately. Soak it in warm water until it can be washed in the washing machine.
On colored fabrics, it can be washed with vinegar water.
To clean a carpet or rug, first try shampooing with soapy water. If necessary, wash with alcoholic water.
On smooth surfaces (table, shelf, tiles…), apply absorbent paper towels and then wash with a hot, damp sponge or cloth.
If it is a wooden surface, sponge off excess water (dry cloth).
It is possible to dry the stain with blotting paper first.
Then hit the stain with a mixture of water and alcohol and then with diluted acetic acid (1/4. Rinse and allow to dry. Repeat again if the stain is still visible.
It is also possible to use the dry Marseille soap (i.e. by rubbing it directly on the stain without water).
First, rinse with cold water to remove any excess ketchup. Soak the stain with white vinegar diluted up to 50%.
Allow it to work for several minutes. If the stain persists, soak the stained garment in a container filled with pure vinegar for several hours.
Another method: Dilute one part of hot water and one part of glycerin, soak for one hour and then wash normally.
Oil or vinaigrette
Sprinkle the stain with an absorbent substance (cornstarch, baking soda, talc, salt, etc.) that will attract the fat in the dressing. In a second step, brush the stain lightly. Rinse.
To remove a milk stain, simply rub the stain with a cloth soaked in diluted ammonia.
If the stain is recent, it can be washed simply with soapy water.
If the stain is older, that is, if it is dry, then it should be washed with hot glycerine and soapy water.
On synthetic and artificial materials, tea stains can be cleaned with lemon juice. Be careful, it is essential to rinse quickly (otherwise, a trace of lemon may appear).
A mixture of equal parts of white vinegar and 90° alcohol is also very effective.
Removes coffee stains
Rub the stain with a mixture of equal amounts of water and white vinegar.
Rub the stain with a mixture of water and lemon juice.
It is used to rub a mixture of hot water and beaten egg yolk. Then rinse with warm water.
You can also use the old Marseille soap with elbow grease.
Apply a mixture of water and alcohol at 90° to the stain.
Quickly rinse with ice water. Wash with soap, Marseille soap. If the stain persists, use white vinegar. Rub. Leave for one hour and rinse.
Eliminates sauce stains
1st method: Rinse the stain with ice water. Rub with glycerin and liquid soap. (It is possible to substitute glycerin with white vinegar).
2nd method: Sprinkle the stain with baking soda (salt, or cornstarch…). Rinse with hot water.
Moisten the juice stain with hot milk (the hotter the milk, the easier the stain will be).
Repeat the operation as many times as necessary, spacing the different operations in about 30 minutes.
It is possible to replace milk with vinegar or sparkling water. If the stain persists, it is advisable to rub the cloth with glycerine and then rinse it with warm water.
On cotton, use soapy water or trichloroethylene.
For natural and colored fabrics, use a mixture of water and ammonia.
On the silk, sprinkle talcum powder, salt, cornstarch… Brush gently so as not to damage the silk.
On the wool, it is advisable to sprinkle the soil of Sommières.
Rinse with plenty of cold water. If the stain is dry, use bleach water.
Rub an ice cube on the gum. The cooled gum will solidify and can be removed with a knife or spatula.
If grease residues remain, use a solvent such as trichloroethylene.
In the same way it is possible to iron on the stain by placing a piece of absorbent paper or baking paper between the iron and the stain.
Removes resin stains
To remove a resin stain, dilute one teaspoon of pine resin lye (San Marcos type lye) in one tablespoon of water and massage the stain with the resulting paste. Rinse well.
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