Accidents and spills happen all the time, and are seemingly unavoidable when everyone's having great fun. Here's how to remove the most common stubborn stains we encounter. Don't be surprised to find out that most stains can actually be removed! You just need to know how or what to use to get them out of your precious clothes and linens.
On the go, and the life of the party
A couple of our favourite perk-me-ups and celebratory drinks are infamous for being tough to remove. Take a look at our list and don't fret. We've got you covered from breakfast to brunch, and until your next fancy dinner party.
• Successfully remove tea and coffee stains by sprinkling a bit of baking soda onto a damp cloth and working it into the stain.
• Use white wine to neutralise red wine stains, and milk to bleach it!
• To deal with chocolate and chocolate-based drinks, wait first for the stain to harden. Then you can use a spoon or butter knife to gently remove the chocolate.
Meet and greet, play out in the street
Outdoor activities also top the list of culprits when it comes to stubborn stains. A simple and relaxing picnic can be a source of tough-to-remove dirt, just as a rough-and-tumble soccer game on a rainy day.
• You can choose to soak grass stains in white vinegar or brush non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste directly on the stain.
• Same as dealing with chocolate stains, leave mud to dry and brush the affected area with a coarse bristle brush afterwards.
• Sweat produces that usual and unsightly ring around the collar on your favourite shirts. What you can do is rub some stain remover like Vanish Power O2 directly onto the stain, and let sit for 25 to 30 minutes before washing.
Top tips and stain-fighting like a pro
While a lot of natural and do-it-yourself solutions to stains are available and very effective, the basic approaches to stain removal are pretty much standard. Don't forget to keep this quick list at the top of your mind, and you'll be a stain-fighting ninja in no time!
• Be quick! The sooner you address a spill the more likely you will be able to stop it staining.
• Always blot, and never rub the excess liquid from your stains using paper towels.
• Work out stains from the outside to prevent it from spreading. Starting from the middle part where the spill is most concentrated will only worsen the damage on your garment.
• Rinse, repeat, and don't give up! Working out stains usually follows the pre-treatment process, rinsing, drying, then repeating the cycle several times. Be patient, and you'll get the best results for all your efforts.