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Spilling coffee down your shirt is never fun, especially if you’re already running late for work. And finding a trail of mud across your beautiful cream carpet can seem like the end of the world.

But once you know which stain removal methods to use on which types of stains, you’ll soon take all the stains that life throws at you in your stride. 

Here’s how to remove some of the most common stains from your clothes and carpets. 

1. Red Wine

Red wine stains on your teeth are bad enough, but on your clothes, they can seem like a disaster. Never fear, this is how to get red wine out:

  1. Stretch the fabric over a bowl and secure with a rubber band
  2. Sprinkle salt on top of the stain then pour water over it to see the stain disappear before your eyes
  3. Wash the garment as normal

Red wine is also one of the most common carpet stains, but this requires a different removal tactic: 

  1. Blot (don’t rub!) the stain with a dry towel
  2. Mix 1 tablespoon of dish soap, water, and 1/4 of a cup of vinegar in a spray bottle, spray the stained area and allow it to soak for 5-10 minutes
  3. Blot the stain until it disappears

2. Mud

Muddy knees and puddle splashes are common if you have kids. Here’s how to remove mud stains from clothes:

  1. Let the mud dry then shake to remove loose debris
  2. Rub liquid detergent into the stain then leave it to soak for 15 minutes
  3. Work at the stain every few minutes by rubbing it with your fingers 
  4. If the stain remains, apply a stain remover gel or spray, let it soak in for five minutes, then wash the garment as usual

Mud can often find its way onto your carpets too. Here’s how to remove it:

  1. Wait for the mud to dry
  2. Vacuum the muddy area, making sure to go in different directions to pick up all the loose debris
  3. Mix a teaspoon of mild dish soap into a cup of lukewarm water then use a white cloth to blot this solution into the stain until it’s gone

3. Coffee

A white shirt, a busy morning, and a cup of coffee. All too often this combination ends up with a stain down your front. Here’s how to get rid of it:

  1. Soak the stain with club soda
  2. Using a clean cloth, blot until the stain has gone

If your coffee has ended up on the carpet, try this method:

  1. Blot the stain with a cloth or paper towels
  2. Pour a little beer onto the stain and blot again
  3. Rinse the area with water and blot again

To avoid the beer odors leaving you with a smelly carpet, sprinkle baking soda on the stain and then vacuum. 

4. Tomato Sauce

Pasta and tomato sauce is a great combination, but splashes of sauce can often find their way onto your clothes. Here’s how to remove tomato-based stains:

  1. Scrape away any solid remains with a knife 
  2. Let the stain soak in cold water for five minutes
  3. Apply laundry detergent to a spare toothbrush and gently scrub the stain  
  4. Wash the garment in hot water then let it air dry

If your spaghetti sauce has ended up on the carpet, this requires a different stain removal technique:

  1. Mix a small amount of dish soap with warm water 
  2. Using a towel, rub the solution into the stain, starting at the outer edges and moving toward the middle
  3. Dab at the stain with water and blot dry

How to Remove the Most Common Stains

As these tips for removing some of the most common stains show, spillages and accidents don’t have to ruin your clothes and carpets. And they definitely shouldn’t ruin your enjoyment of tomato sauce, coffee, or red wine!

That said, getting professional help can make all the difference when it comes to getting rid of stubborn stains and leaving your home sparkling clean. Request a quote today to find out how we can help you!

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