This may come as a surprise to many, but some of the best and most effective methods for removing stains from clothes come from carpet cleaners. After all, removing stains is par for the course for a carpet cleaner, though the medium is carpets and rugs instead of clothes. Still, in certain situations, stain removal methods may be taken to be standard for both clothes and carpets. And since in both instances, the desire is to maintain the original quality and color of the garment or carpet fabric, a lot of the stain removal methods that carpet cleaners use may also be used to great effect when it comes to removing stains from clothes.
Below we take a look at some of the most common stubborn stains and how carpet cleaners deal with these stains, and which methods you can also use in dealing with the same stain on your clothes, too. Always remember, however, to check the manufacturer’s tag, whether on your clothes or for your carpet, for instructions on how to clean, and what cleaning methods may not be advisable for use on the specific cloth or carpet you are trying to clean.
The key is to blot, never to rub or scrub against the stain. Doing so will only push the stain deeper into the fabric, making it that much more difficult to remove.
Using a clean white cloth to blot will make it easier to see how effectively you are removing the stain. If the spot dries, try spraying cold water on it before blotting again. Do this repeatedly until you manage to lift the stain completely.
Alcohol can be very handy in dealing with stubborn stains, including grease, makeup stains, mustard, gravy, and permanent markers. In fact, you may not need to use pure alcohol, either. Alcohol-based products like hairspray, hand sanitizers, even vodka, have been proven effective in dealing with stubborn stains like ink, grease, and oil.
For clothes, apply the alcohol to the stain, wait a few minutes, and then wash. For carpets, spray the alcohol on the stain and then use a clean cloth to blot. In either case, make sure that you have completely removed as much of the spilled substance as possible before attempting to deal with the stain itself.
Dish detergent and vinegar
If cold water and alcohol don’t work, try using a solution of cold water, dish detergent, and vinegar. A tablespoon each of detergent and vinegar to two cups of water can usually work for several different stains.
Spray the solution on the stain using a spray bottle, wait a few minutes before blotting. Repeat this process again and again until you have completely lifted the stain. For carpets, make sure that the spot is completely dry afterward, for which you can blot using a clean cloth, or use a hair dryer or heater. For clothes, finish by laundering your garment. In either case, you may surprise yourself at how completely you can remove any stain.