Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Stains are a difficult beast, you will find that there are so many varying ways in which to tackle them, that it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly how you are going to go about removing such things without ruining everything in some way or another. It is always wise to look in to how to get rid of certain stains, and to try out a few ways in which to do so, so that you have a favorite way to do it which can be your go to method for whenever you discover a stain. This will cut out the amount of time that you spend worrying about how best to go about removing the stain, and will increase the likelihood of getting rid of the stain before it sets in to the fabric itself. The following tips are more of a pre-treatment for removing stains from fabrics that can be handled, rather than for upholstery or carpets. If you can remove the covers form the furniture, or take down the curtains however, then this should work for you! Be sure that you have consulted a professional if the item that you are trying to clean is not of a normal material, as stain removal can be tough on various fabrics. You should not use the ammonia technique on protein fibers like wool and silk, as the chemical will break down protein fibers, leaving you with a mess rather than a clean item!
For a start, you should flush the item with cool water, to get rid of any excess staining, and to loosen up old stains as much as possible. Allow the fabric to soak in the water for ten to twenty minutes. Agitate the stain, and use your fingers or a soft brush to get rid of as much as you can in terms of dried up or crusted material. Mix up a solution of a table spoon of ammonia cleaner, a couple of drops of liquid detergent, and a liter or so of water, and dunk the fabric items in there. Swirl it about a bit tog et it properly submerged, and leave it for twenty minutes or so. After twenty minute, take the item out, and scrunch up the area where the stain is, rubbing the fabric against itself in the stained area, to get some friction occurring in the place that the stain is. This friction will loosen the stain from the fibers, and that will help to get rid of it once and for all. If the stain is particularly tough, then you can carry on soaking the stain in the ammonia solution for hours, until you think it is suitably removed. The ammonia is extremely alkali, and will dissolve certain materials over time, which is why it is so good for certain stains, especially blood, meat and grass stains. Be sure to flush the ammonia out of the item once you have finished, and check to see how you think it has done. Do not inhale the ammonia fumes directly, as they are extremely harmful and can give you a serous shock as well!
Once you have done this process, you should launder the item as normal, to ensure that you are not at risk of leaving the ammonia sitting in the fabric. Do not tumble dry any item that has a stain that may not have completely come out yet, as this will simply set the stain in permantently through the combination of heat and dryness. For more interesting tips you can contact Chelsea Handy Man Services.