Removing Stains

May 27, 2010

Basic Guidelines
  • Treat the stain while it is fresh
  • Avoid hot water on an unknown stain.
  • Test fabric for color change.
  • Use removers sparingly – many brief applications are better than one long one.
  • Spread liquid remover unevenly around stain.
  • Rinse well – never let a liquid chemical dry on cloth.
  • Dry rapidly to help prevent rings.
Greasy Stains
      If washable, rub detergent into the stain. Then rinse with warm water. If stain persists, try carbon tetrachloride. Heavy substances such as pitch or asphalt, should first be softened with petroleum jelly.
     If non-washable, use cornstarch or white talcum powder. Dust powder on the spot to absorb grease, then brush off. An effective paste-like cleaner can be formed by mixing a grease solvent or cleaning fluid with talcum powder.
(adhesive tape, asphalt, butter, candle wax, cream, cream soup, gravy, margarine, meat juice, milk, oil, pitch, soot, road oil, tar)

Non-Greasy Stains
     Sponge with cold water. Then rub glycerin into the stain and let stand for 30 minutes or longer. Rinse thoroughly with water and hang in the sun while dripping wet.
(candy, catsup, cherry, chocolate, coffee, ice cream, mustard, peach, pear, plum, soft drinks, tea, tomato juice)
Other Stains
Act quickly to prevent damage. Wash stain with cold water and rinse several times; then apply ammonia water or baking soda. Have white vinegar ready to apply if color changes. Rinse well.
Soak in cold water until stain turns light brown in color. Then wash in warm soapy water. If stain persists, use hydrogen peroxide.
Chewing Gum
Rub gum stain with ice, or put garment in plastic bag and freeze. Scrape or rub hardened gum out of cloth.
Dyes and Running Colors
If washable, soak material in cold water for several hours. Wash in heavy suds, then dry in sun. Bleaches can be effective on some white fabrics.
Sponge with cold water. If stain remains, sprinkle with pepsin powder. Let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse.
Fruit and Berries
For cherry, pear, peach, or plum stains, use NON-GREASY treatment. For discoloration from citrus fruits, use ACID treatment.
If material is washable, work detergent into stain and rinse. If stain remains, use hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach. On unwashable fabrics, sponge with alcohol, if it is safe for the material.
Ink (Ball Point)
Sponge repeatedly with alcohol, if safe for fabric. Rinse immediately.
Treat while spots are fresh. Wash thoroughly and dry in sun. Or moisten stain with lemon juice and salt and place in sun.
Oil Paint and Varnish
Treat quickly. If material is washable, remove fresh stains by washing with plenty of soap. If the stain has dried, soften it first by rubbing in petroleum jelly.
The Most Troublesome Stain
Why bother with stains?  We get rid of stains so we may have a clean acceptable appearance. But there is something worse than stained clothes – a stain that makes us unacceptable in God’s sight. That stain is sin.
The Bible declares that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). And it takes just one sin to stain your soul and make you unfit for God’s heaven.
But God offers a way – the only way – to completely cleanse the stains of sin, whether many or few. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).
The New Testament gives unmistakably clear instructions for removing sin’s stains. First God identifies the only effective sin-eradicator: “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Then we are told how this wonderful cleansing is obtained: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:7,9).
Receive this cleansing now!

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