DAILY FIND: Sometimes the Internet is a crappy place full of crap. But today I’m reminded that it’s an amazing trove of free and good information from reliable sources: The University of Illinois Extension has created a searchable index of every stain known to man and stain removal solutions for each. The tool will even tell you what your window of stain-treatment time is to achieve optimal results.
This is nerd GOLD, people. Use it in good health. -ts
UFYH, have you seen this?
So I keep saying that I don’t have a degree from stain college, but apparently the University of Illinois Extension is, in fact, stain college, so you should check this database out.
A) Sippy cups or drink in the kitchen from now on.
B) Mix a little lukewarm water, dish soap, and vinegar. Dab at the stain a few times, then use a clean cloth soaked in the solution and let it sit. Blot up with clear water. Repeat until stain goes away.
I’m almost afraid to say vinegar :)
Try making a paste of baking soda and water and working it into the build-up/fabric with an old toothbrush. Let it sit, then wash it as usual. OxiClean would also be worth a try. I think the paste/brush combo is key, though.
Steam/vac cleaner with an upholstery attachment (or a small steam cleaner like the Little Green or similar). If you don’t own one (it’s possible I’m the only weirdo who does), you can rent them at the grocery store or home improvement store.
There’s little more satisfying than seeing the dirty water reservoir after you’ve steam cleaned something you previously thought was white or off-white. Satisfying in the kinda gross way.
Depending on colorfastness, peroxide can help a lot, especially with the blood stains. A mild solution of dish detergent and water, worked into the carpet fibers with a toothbrush should start budging the stains, while the steamer will probably handle the rest.
Rubbing alcohol should work on most stains. Blot it on, and maybe use a small brush like a toothbrush to work it into the fabric. You can also use a mild dish detergent and water solution, work small amounts of it in with a scrub brush, and then blot dry with clean rags.
They can be used to clean:
Vinegar doesn’t, but WD-40 does.
If you have specific questions about stains, know that my answer will always be some combination of baking soda, vinegar, hot water, Magic Eraser, and a scrub brush. If you have a specific stain question, Google is a much better, faster, and more accurate resource than I am.
I’m the motivational support. The technical stain stuff has all been handled, and handled better, by other people.