This stain removal guide, which is a collection of individual instruction pages organized in alphabetical order, is your one-stop source for removing stains of all types and varieties.
Just look at the alphabetical list below for help on how to remove spots and spills from all types of sources, from avocado to zucchini and everything in between.
You cannot remove all stains with the same technique. That is why it is of the utmost importance to identify the source of the spots and stains, if at all possible, prior to attempting to remove it.
If you cannot figure out what it is, then try these techniques for how to remove stains of unknown origin.
Also, there are different stain removal techniques for washable fabrics, upholstery and carpet. This stain removal guide gives you step by step instructions for each type of surface.
Please note that all of the instructions in this guide make some assumptions as follows:
In addition, the instructions contained herein suggest using the same type of basic stain removal equipment over and over, as well as assume you've got these basic supplies pulled together in a stain removal kit. You can check the links for more information about the types of equipment and supplies I think all households should stock for removing stains.
You may want to bookmark this guide as a quick and handy reference.
This is a pretty long page, so you can jump between various alphabetical groupings here:
Apple (including juice, sauce, and even apple butter)
Curry (including curry powders and spices)
Glue (for water-based school glue varieties)
Grease (motor oil and mechanical grease) (for cooking oil and grease see "oil" below)
Juice (including vegetable and fruit varieties)
Oil (such as cooking oil and grease) (for motor oil and mechanical grease see "grease" above)
Pets (including urine, feces, and more)
Salad dressing (both creamy and oily varieties)
Tea (including black and green teas)
Tomato sauce, juice, soup (and more)
I hope you have found this stain removal guide useful. Please explore the rest of the site for more stain removal tips and techniques.
If you don't see what you need to help you, you can also ask me for help here.
Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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