Build a Stain Removal Kit for Quick, Easy Cleanup


Stains happen. It’s a fact of life. No matter how careful you are, at some point wine will spill, wax will drip, mud will track, etc. It happens! If you’re prepared for it, it’s no big deal and our new Stain Removal series can help make cleanup easy.

This week we build a stain removal kit and cover some basics. To get started, remember that the longer a stain sits, the harder it is to remove, so it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Be prepared by keeping these items on hand:

  • Stain remover stick: Great for pretreating if you can’t wash a stain immediately.

  • Cornstarch or Talcum powder: To absorb grease stains.

  • Oil solvents or dry-cleaning fluids: Products like K2r also help remove greasy stains.

  • Combination solvents:  Shout and Spray ‘n Wash type products are good all-purpose stain removers and are effective on greasy stains, too.

  • Salt: Cheap and easy pretreatment for blood stains, wine, watermarks, mildew and rust.

  • Clear dishwashing liquid: A good all-purpose stain removal.

  • White vinegar: The wonder remedy.  This stuff does everything!

  • Glycerin: For ink stains.

  • Tools: Cotton swabs, eyedropper, clean white absorbent cloth.

Every stain is different, but these basics will help you get the best outcome.

  • Treat stains as soon as possible.

  • Blot the stain gently with an absorbent towel. Rubbing or scrubbing will cause it to spread.

  • Don’t use hot water or put the stained item in the dryer. Heat will set a stain.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we share tips and hints for cleaning up specific stains.


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