Removing Tough Stains From Fabric

Gleem understands that removing tough stains from fabrics can be a bit of a nightmare, and we’ve all experienced that heart-wrenching moment when you knock over a glass of red wine onto your carpet. So for this week, let’s tackle those tough stains together!

 

Red wine

The most infamous substance known for its staining properties. It’s often viewed as something that when it’s spilt onto something, it’s now a permanent feature, but this is incorrect.

If you spill red wine onto a fabric of some sort, such as clothes or upholstery, it’s important to act fast before it becomes too absorbed into the material. Also, it is imperative to remember not to rub the stain. This is a good general rule of thumb to follow when it comes to any dropped liquids, otherwise, you are just spreading the stain across the surface which is just giving you a bigger problem to deal with.

Instead, gently dab the stain with a damp cloth to remove the excess liquid first. If the fabric is not fixed into place like carpet, pull it taut over something.

Either way, sprinkle the stain with a granulated substance such as sugar or salt to help absorb more of the moisture.

Then pour over boiling water to flush out the stain. If it is an article of clothing, pop in the washing machine on the highest setting it can endure without damage.

 

Mud

If you have little ones, no doubt you’ll be familiar with this struggle. It is recommended to let mud stains dry because of the property of dirt; it’ll make it easier to remove. Once it’s dried, brush off the excess then soak the stains in a mixture of 1 tsp vinegar and washing-up liquid to ¼ of water, leave to soak for 15 minutes and rinse.

For things like shoes, it is a lot easier. Most wet wipes will be able to lift the dirt off straight away.

 

Dye

Dye can be a serious problem as it is made to alter the colour of fabric. But if you act fast, it is a doable task. Preferable before the dye sets, douse the stain with cold water, then again with hot. If this doesn’t work try a mixture of dish soap, vinegar and warm water, 1 tsp of each for about 500ml water, sponge the stain then follow up by blotting it with a damp cloth until it is lifted.

 

Blood

Another stain that is easier if you catch it immediately. Flush the stain with cold water. If the fabric is lighter, dab with peroxide, but if it is a dark colour, gently rub the wet stain with soap to form a lather.

However, if the stain has already dried, spray the stain with a store-bought stain removal solution then machine wash using an enzyme-based fabric detergent, as this will help break down the stain further.  

 

The Gleem team hopes this blog post was useful to you! Good luck with your cleaning and remember to book a Gleem clean to make the most of your free time!