stain removal guide

A stain removal guide for when you work in housekeeping

A stain removal guide is handy when you need to use it.

Often in laundry, you will have to remove stains from clothes before you wash them.

These days there are specialized chemicals available for specific purposes. All the chemicals are very effective against stain removal.

However back in the day when these chemicals were not available, we used to use this method below to remove stains.

How to remove various stains?

StainStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4Step 5 Step 6
Tea/ CoffeeTake Hot water and soak the stainOnce soaked, dab the stainIf the stain persists, use mild detergent from laundry Scrub with a toothbrush so that the stain does not spreadDab with fresh waterLet the surface dry
Chewing GumRub the gum with IceLet it freezeScrap it off using the dull edge of a knife (even a butter knife would do)
InkTake hot water and soak Once soaked, dabIf the stain persists, use any alcohol based chemical on your trolley or simply get acetoneDab again carefully as the stain can easily spread over once acetone is usedDab with fresh waterLet the surface dry
Nail polishUse AcetoneDab again carefully as the stain can easily spread over once acetone is usedDab with fresh water Let the surface dry
Make upScrap off excess make up using the dull edge of a knife (even a butter knife would do). If it is powder form, vacuum it first.Dab the stain with AcetoneDab with fresh warm waterLet the surface dry
OilDry up the oil/grease from the surface with tissues/dry towel dusterUse mild detergent or use the shampoo with hot water to scrub off the stain. Use a toothbrush and ensure that the fibres are well soaked with the detergent/shampooDab with fresh waterLet the surface dry
Food stainsRemove excess curry/food from the surface using the dull edge of a knife. Dry up the oil/grease from the surface with tissues/dry towel dusterUse mild detergent or use the shampoo with hot water to scrub off the stain. Use a toothbrush and ensure that the fibres are well soaked with the detergent/shampooDab with fresh warm waterLet the surface dry
WineBlot with tissues/dry duster to remove as much wine as possibleDab with cold water, if the stain persists, use mild detergentClean up the chemicals with fresh cold waterLet the surface dry
BloodSoak with cold water only as hot water will harden the stain further. (Remember - proteins coagulate with high temperature)if the stain is fresh, repeated dabbing/blotting with cold water should help. If old then soak with cold water, dab and then apply mild detergent or salt past or hydrogen peroxide. Let this rest for few minutes or half an hour depending on the size and age of stainClean up the chemicals with fresh cold waterLet the surface dry

Let me know in the comment below, what you use these days for effective stain removal.

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