Red Wine: will stain fibres if left for too long; stains will become permanent if heated in a dryer as they will then “set.” The goal then is to “lift” the red wine off of the fibres by diluting it and wicking it away. Scrubbing is therefore a no-no.
The most effective form of stain prevention is to treat the stain right away:
- Always dab the stain with paper towel to absorb as much of the wine as possible
- Never rub at the stain
- Apply a liquid solution (see below) to remove the remainder. Adding moisture to the affected area is the quickest way to break up the stain and prevent it from settling.
Salt – Spread liberally over the stain then allow to dry. Wash with cold water and detergent / baking soda
Club Soda – Pour club soda on top of the stain first. Soda on its’ own often works however sometimes both soda and salt are needed.
Dishwashing Liquid & Hydrogen Peroxide – Mix HP and liquid dish soap – proportions vary from 1-1 to 3-1, this seems to effectively break up the red colour in the wine.
- Paint: If paint drips on your clothes use a sponge soaked with thinner to wipe softly on the wet stain. Then, soak the garment in warm water and wash it with detergent.
- Blood: Blood-stained clothes should be washed immediately. Use only cold water because heat will colt the blood, making it more closely to the fibre. If the stain is large, use hydrogen peroxide to wipe it first, then wash the item with detergent.
- Lipstick: Use tissue paper to absorb oily surface. Then, wipe it out with a cloth wetted with benzene or alcohol. Clean the clothes with warm water and wash it with detergent.
- Plant Resin: Soak the garment in hot and highly saturated soap water for a while, then wash it with detergent.
- Gum: Place an ice-cube on the gum for a while, scrape the stain softly before wash it with detergent.
- Rust: If the rust stain is on linen or cotton, first soak the garment in water. Then, sprinkle salt and smear some lemonade on the stain. Rub it stain several times and wash the clothes with detergent.
- Ink: Immediate action is needed for an ink stain. First, sprinkle some salt and smear lemonade on the stain. Rub it strongly and place the stain in front of steam.
- Nail Polish: Wiping the nail polish out will make the stain bigger. It is better to drop some acetone onto the stain and wash it out with detergent.
- Fruit juice: Stretch the item on top of a buckle. Pour boiling water onto the stain. It will loosen the stain from the fabric.