Stain Cleaning

by Karen Bates
(last updated March 18, 2019)

2

It can be discouraging when you clean an area of your home but see the same old stain every time that just won't go away. You could have everything else perfectly cleaned, but that one little stain will bother you as long as it's there. A stain like this might force you to cover it up with a strategically-placed rug or a piece of furniture just so you won't have to see it anymore. It may seem like you tried everything to get rid of the spot, only to be let down.

Although ridding your home of a stain might seem impossible, there may be things that you haven't tried yet that could be effective. Sometimes, trying a different cleaning method will make all the difference, even if you've tried to remove the stain before without success.

Whether you have a stubborn stain on the carpet, sofa, clothing, or another material, using certain cleaning methods for different surfaces can help you erase that stain for good. To clean annoying stains, try one of these ideas:

  • For clothing stains, try to blot the stain as soon as it happens. Don't rub, because this may just spread the stain. Use a pre-treatment spray on the stain, then wash in the washing machine. Don't put the garment in the dryer until you are sure the stain is gone. You may also be able to use bleach to help reduce or remove stains on certain clothing items.
  • Carpet stains are most easily removed when cleaned as soon as a spill occurs, but some old stains can still be removed or reduced. Try using a commercial carpet cleaner and a rag or sponge to work on the stain. If you attempt to remove the stain without success, you may want to use a steam cleaner or carpet shampooer.
  • Remove upholstery stains by blotting fresh stains with a rag, then applying a cleaner. The method you should use depends on the material. Some stain-removal options include rubbing alcohol, hairspray, ammonia, or a commercial upholstery cleaner used on the spot.
  • If you find stains on your grout or tile, try a natural method of cleaning. Use a vinegar solution and some baking soda, and scrub onto the area with a brush. Rinse away with water.

Although not all stains will come out easily, trying different methods that you may not have considered before could do the trick. Give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

MORE FROM KAREN

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes are a delicious breakfast favorite. They are not difficult to make, and you can add fruit or other ...

Discover More

Coffee Cups

Coffee cups are designed to hold your coffee drink and can show part of your personality at the same time. Choose from ...

Discover More

Hygiene Services

Maintaining good hygiene is a vital factor for many companies. Using a hygiene service can ensure that your facilities ...

Discover More

Tough Tools for Tough Cleaning Jobs O-Cel-O sponges and Scotch Brite scrubbers are truly a fashion-meets-function success story. The highly absorbent and durable sponges in this handy six-pack make quick work of tough cleaning problems in any kitchen, bathroom, or garage. Check out Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scrub Sponges today!

More Cleaning Tips

Sunlight Can Remove Stubborn Stains

Some stains are just stubborn and almost impossible to remove. When you're at your wit's end, try your most accessible ...

Discover More

Removing Water Stains from Silk

Water spots on silk can be removed by rewetting the spot and the area surrounding it with a clean wet cloth. If the stain ...

Discover More

Removing Oil from Silk

Silk is perhaps one of the most beloved fabrics around, and can add a touch of elegance to just about any room. Most ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two more than 5?

2015-09-21 09:12:08

Jeanne

Remove scum from shower dots. Tried many things. Help. Thanks


2015-09-21 07:57:12

Josette Brincau

Would you please give me a hint on how to clean a water pipe from the inside as it has become green with water. Can I use vinegar and baking soda for it to become a clear pipe Thanks


Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.