Your Complete Guide to Stain Removal!

With stain removal tips for almost every spot known to man, this is your one stop site for getting rid of filth.

Spills and smudges have been around as long as messy kids and clumsy lapses in hand-eye co-ordination. Fun and mess are often one in the same, and this guide has been created for fun-loving people such as yourself.

Whether you’re throwing a party, playing in your backyard, painting your bedroom, working on your car, or simply enjoying a family dinner at home, chances are that spots will pop up.

It doesn’t matter if that spot is on your clothing, fabric, carpet or upholstery - you need to know how to get it out.

There are several ways to get rid of stains. The technique that works best will depend on the type of spot and where it’s located.

For example, if you spill a soft drink on your T-shirt, you can pretreat it with a spot removal product and toss the shirt in the laundry. But if you spill the same soft drink on the carpet, you’ll need to blot up the liquid, then apply the recommended spot remover, and blot some more.

Fabric comes into play, too. If the item is washable, you have more at-home treatment options than if it is dry-clean only. (Keep in mind, though, that some fibers react badly to the chemicals in some spot removal products.) Obviously, it’s important to have a good overview of the art of spot removal.

Note: If you are unsure about the cleaning requirements for your fabric, carpet, or upholstery be sure to test your stain removal method on a hidden spot. If you see any evidence of damage – such as loss of color or a change in texture – or if you are unsure about the method’s safety for your fabric, consult a professional dry cleaner or a professional upholstery or carpet cleaner for advice.

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In Stain Removal A-Z you’ll learn how to beat all the biggies: red wine, chewing gum, ink, blood, grease, chocolate, sweat, lipstick, and many more. You can get rid of almost all spots with simple products from around the house. So, let me remind you not to let a spill or smudge spoil your day. Just look them up and get them out!

Types of Spots is your guide to the different categories of spots and how to beat them. Spots aren’t as mysterious as some people think. Most spots fall into one of four main categories: protein, oil-based, tannin and dye. The rest are usually some combination of those stain categories. By understanding what is in a spot, textile scientists can determine what will remove it. Armed with this spot-removal know-how, you too can beat most spots before they beat you – with a few exceptions, of course.

Stain Removers A-Z is your guide to useful spot removers which can be used to eliminate any mess you encounter. You may not know this, but some of the very best spot removers are things you use every single day. Not only do these spot removers work great – they’re right at your fingertips!

Stain Removal Tips offers guidelines you should follow when dealing with stains. So, before attempting to remove any spots, it is important to read the following rules for clothes & fabrics, carpets, and upholstery. Also, it's a good idea to check out these Laundry Spot Removal Tips because doing your laundry the wrong way can permanently set existing spots, and even create a few new ones.

Carpet Spot Removal A-Z is your step by step guide to carpet stain removal for almost every spot known to man. You can get rid of almost all spots with simple products from around the house. Removing spots on carpeting is something you have to expect to do yourself, because onto every carpet a little wine must fall. Or barbecue sauce. Or pet pooh. You can’t afford to call in the professional cleaners every time your boss dribbles her gin fizz on your carpet. So it pays to learn how to clean up the little messes in between deep cleanings.

Spot Removal from Clothes A-Z is your step by step guide to spot removal from clothes and fabrics for almost every spot known to man. Clothing spot removal is always easier when the stains are fresh. But sometimes spots sneak in under the radar screen. These you need to address before washing. If you let them pass through a washing cycle (or the tumble dryer), the spots may become permanent. If you treat them beforehand with the right spot removal solution, however, you stand a good chance of removing clothing spots for good.

Unknown Spots is your guide on how to remove particular spots which aren’t listed in Stain Removal A-Z. Here’s what to do: look for a similar spot, check out the ingredients listed on the label of the product that caused the spot, ask the manufacturer how to remove spots. If you’ve identified the spot but still have no clue what to do about it, this is a mystery spot and should be treated accordingly.

Tools & Techniques is your guide to the tools and techniques required for removing spots. Stain removal doesn’t require a lot of elaborate tools. Here’s pretty much all you will need: brushes, cotton swabs, white cloths, paper towels, eye dropper, spray bottle, squeeze bottle. The ten spot removal techniques are designed with three goals in mind: 1) to dislodge the spot from the fabric; 2) to avoid grinding the spot deeper into the fibers; 3) to treat the fabric gently so it retains its original look and feel. Here are all the techniques you need to know for removing spots: blot, brush, flush, freeze, presoak, pretreat, scrape, sponge, tamp, and vacuum.

Spot Crises is your guide to cleaning spots when household crises occur. Chewing gum in your hair, a pen springing a leak in your pocket – life’s just full of surprises! Here’s a quick-look-up guide to household disasters.

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