Stain Removal Chart

Adhesive tape, chewing gum, rubber cement Baby Formula Beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, alcoholic beverages)
Blood Brown or yellow discoloration from iron, rust, manganese Candle wax
Chocolate Cosmetics Crayon
Dairy products Egg Fabric Softener
Fruit, juices Grass Ink
Mildew Mud Mustard
Nail polish Paint Perfume
Pine Resin Scorch Shoe Polish
Tar Tobacco Typewriter correction fluid
Urine, Vomit, mucous, feces or stool

Stain Treatment
Adhesive tape, chewing gum, rubber cement 1. Apply ice or cold water to harden surface; scrape with a dull knife.
2. Saturate with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid.
3. Rinse.
Baby Formula 1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
3. Rinse.
Beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine, alcoholic beverages)

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Sponge or soak stain in cool water.
2. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of granular laundry product and water.
3. Rinse.

NOTE: Older stains may respond to pretreating or soaking in a product containing enzymes, then rinse.

Blood

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

 

Fresh  Stains:
1. Soak in cold water (do not use hot water as it will set blood stains). Rinse.

Dried Stains:
1. Pretreat or soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Rinse.

Brown or yellow discoloration from iron, rust, manganese 1. Use a rust remover recommended for fabrics. Rinse.
NOTE: Do not use a chlorine bleach to remove rust stains because it may intensify discoloration.
Candle wax

 

 

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1. Scrape off surface wax with a dull knife.
2. Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and to avoid transferring stains.
3. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Sponge remaining stain with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid; blot with paper towels. Let dry.
4. Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Chocolate

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Pretreat or prewash in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Or, treat with a prewash stain remover.
Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Cosmetics

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1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of granular detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap.
2. Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Crayon For a Few Spots:
1. Treat the same as candle wax or dampen the stain and rub with bar soap.
2. Rinse using the hottest water possible.

For a Larger Area:
1. Wash with hot water using laundry soap and 1 cup of baking soda.

Dairy products (milk, cream, ice cream, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, cream soups) 1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
3. Rinse.
Egg

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1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
3. Rinse.
Fabric Softener 1. Dampen the stain and rub with bar soap.
2. Rinse out.
Fruit, juices

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Rinse well with clean water.
2. Apply small amount of laundry detergent solution WITHOUT BLEACH, blot.
3. Rinse, blot until dry.
Grass

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Ink

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

NOTE: Some inks in each of the following categories -- ballpoint, felt tip, liquid -- may be impossible to remove. Rinsing may set some types of ink. Try pretreating using one of the following methods:
Prewash Stain Remover:
1. Pretreat using a prewash stain remover. Rinse.
Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid:
1. Sponge the area around the stain with the alcohol or cleaning fluid before applying it directly on the stain.
2. Rinse thoroughly.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Mildew

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NOTE: Badly mildewed fabrics may be damaged beyond repair.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Mud

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. When dry, brush off as much mud as possible.
Light Stains:
1. Pretreat with a paste of granular detergent and water, liquid laundry detergent or a liquid detergent booster. Rinse.
Heavy Stains:
1. Pretreat or presoak with a laundry detergent or a product containing enzymes. Rinse.
Mustard

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Nail polish

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

NOTE: Nail polish may be impossible to remove.
1. Try nail polish remover but do not use on acetate or triacetate fabrics.
2. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply nail polish remover to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
3. Repeat until stain disappears, if it does.
4. Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Paint

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

Water-based Paint:
1. Rinse fabric in warm water while stains are still wet. 
2. Rinse.
Oil-based Paint and Varnish:
1. Use the same solvent the label on the can advises for a thinner.
2. If label is not available, use turpentine.
3. Rinse.
4. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, bar soap or laundry detergent.
5. Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Perfume

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover or laundry detergent.
2. Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Pine Resin

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1. Sponge cleaning fluid into the stain; let dry.
2. Mix liquid laundry detergent and ammonia; soak stain in the solution.
3. Rinse using liquid laundry detergent.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Scorch NOTE: Badly scorched fabrics may be damaged beyond repair.
Note: Get professional help.
Shoe Polish

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

Liquid Shoe Polish:
1. Pretreat with paste of granular detergent and water.
2. Rinse.
Paste Shoe Polish:
1. Scrape residue from fabric with a dull knife.
2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid; rinse.
3. Rub detergent into dampened area.
4. Rinse well.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Tar

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1. Scrape residue from fabric.
2. Place stain facedown on paper towels. Sponge with cleaning fluid. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more tar and to avoid transferring stains.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Tobacco

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1. Dampen stain and rub with bar soap; rinse.
2. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
3. Rinse.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Typewriter correction fluid

(Use our Spotter Bottle)

1. Let stain dry thoroughly, then gently brush excess off with a clothes brush.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.
Urine, Vomit, mucous, feces or stool

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1. Pretreat in a product containing enzymes.
Note: If any stain remains, get professional help.

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