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Tips To Remove Clothing Stains:

The trick to stain removal is to treat all stains as emergencies. If you do not address the stain quickly, your shirt or skirt, which you love dearly, will have to be banished from your wardrobe.

Basic Clothing Stain Removal

The basics of stain removal are absorbents, stain dilution, stain softeners, stain solvent, and stain removal. At each step the clothing and the stain has to be taken into consideration to ensure that stain is removed completely.

Absorbents for Clothes Stains

Absorbents do the job of absorbing excess stains. Any liquid that has not reacted with the cloth is taken away by absorbents. This will have the effect of limiting the damage. Absorbents are Cornstarch Cornmeal Talcum powder French chalk Fuller's earth etc. The use of absorbents depends on the stain causing materials, and is specific for stain causing materials.

Stain Softeners

Stain softeners work on the stain and reduce the damage. Stain softeners work when the stain is wet. If the stain is dry, the stain softeners will not work. Vaseline, lard, pepsin glycerin etc. are examples of stain softeners.

Acids and Alkalis: Water is a neutral material. The acids and alkalis have effects that are opposing. Normal water has a pH of 7.0 Acids have pH of less than 7 and alkalis have a pH more than 7. The pH of an acid or alkali solution determines the strength of acids and alkali.

Departure from the neutral value of 7 determines the strength. Larger the departure, higher is the strength of acid or alkali. The higher the strength, the larger is the damage from acid and alkalis. Acids in normal use are White vinegar, acetic acid (10%), lemon juice, oxalic acid etc. Alkalis in normal use are baking soda (soda bi carb), washing soda, ammonia, sodium thiosulfate etc. The acids can be injurious to your hands. Wear hand gloves when using them.

Stain Solvents

Solvents are the materials that act as antidote for stain causing material. They soak up the stain causing materials and neutralize them. Common solvents in use are cleaning fluids (non-flammable), Carbon tetrachloride, Stoddard solvent. These are non-flammable. The flammable solvents are Benzene, gasoline, turpentine, alcohol, kerosene, acetone, amyl acetate (banana oil), and commercial cleaning fluids. See the instruction on tin before use of solvents.

Easy Stain Removal

Household stains appear all over, especially with kids. It seems that even the ceiling isn’t immune to staining! Always, the best defense against stains is preventing them, but this isn’t always a reasonable suggestion. Purchasing commercial products to combat stains will probably work, but can be expensive and dangerous if you have little ones around the house. Here are some natural and generally safe recipes for stain removal. If they are not safe for little ones, we have clearly marked this information along with the recipe.

Mold and Mildew Stain Removal

Hydrogen peroxide and water mixed in a 50%-50% solution and sprayed on the walls of the bathroom will help prevent mold. In the event that mold has already formed, spraying several times over a 24 hour period will get rid of the mold and mildew. A stronger version of this on lawn furniture works well also—75% hydrogen peroxide to 25% water in a spray bottle. This works on most items but always test for colorfastness before spraying a whole item.

Mold and mildew on leather can be removed with rubbing alcohol. Use a mixture of one half rubbing alcohol and one half water. Sponge onto the leather and allow to air dry or dry in front of a fan—never in the sun!

Acids and Alkalis: Water is a neutral material. The acids and alkalis have effects that are opposing. Normal water has a pH of 7.0 Acids have pH of less than 7 and alkalis have a pH more than 7. The pH of an acid or alkali solution determines the strength of acids and alkali.

Departure from the neutral value of 7 determines the strength. Larger the departure, higher is the strength of acid or alkali. The higher the strength, the larger is the damage from acid and alkalis. Acids in normal use are White vinegar, acetic acid (10%), lemon juice, oxalic acid etc. Alkalis in normal use are baking soda (soda bi carb), washing soda, ammonia, sodium thiosulfate etc. The acids can be injurious to your hands. Wear hand gloves when using them.