How to remove stains and spots

How to remove stains or spots from our clothes, a carpet, furniture or wood is always a mystery : there are so many materials that can be stained (cotton, wool, nylon, …) and so many materials that can stain (ink, grease, wine, chocolate, ketchup, …) !

For given staining and stained materials, there are also sometimes various techniques to remove the stain.

This is all clearly disturbing and Claudine, a French specialist who wrote bestseller books about cleaning and stain removal, shares with you here her best advice for solving your issue.

As time passes, this website will contain more and more articles to help you find the most precise solution to your stain problems.

But remember that, whatever the advice and the stain, it is impossible to predict if your stain will finally be totally gone or not : you will have to try to see if the advice works ! and try it before on a hidden part of the stained material …

Good luck on your mission !

Some interesting tips and tricks for stain removing

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  1. lynne says:

    I used a baking soda and vinegar paste and was able to remove all the blood stains from a pine mates bed. It took a lot of elbow grease and a lot of patience. I wore several tooth brushes out but the blood did eventually come off. As I was rubbing away I got discouraged because it didn’t seem to be working but eventually the blood did start to come off. I thought the furniture was ruined, thank you so much for this tip.

  2. Nickolas Cummings says:

    [Nicolas’s advice – not tested by Claudine]
    To remove spots of blood from clothing, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide — the kind you find in the first-aid section of the store. Soak the stain with the peroxide, use your fingernail or the blade of a butter knife to help loosen and scrape away the blood, then rinse it away with more hydrogen peroxide. In most cases, you’ll have better luck removing stains — especially blood stains — if you treat them immediately after they happen, before the stains have a chance to dry.

  3. Aurora Faulkner says:

    Use cold water. Hot water will only set the stains and make them nearly impossible to remove. The pre-soaking techniques will usually take care of stains. Inspect the uniform before you put it into wash and treat any remaining stains with a pre-treater or by rubbing in extra detergent.

  4. Nettie Joyce says:

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    • Claudine says:

      Hi Nettie,
      This is no longer fully true

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  6. Payton says:

    Thanks for these tips. What I like about this is that it does not stain the wood and preserves it without the use of abrasive materials. It can be applied to timber decking floors as well.

  7. Arlene says:

    I have a tippex stain on the front of my brown leather chair in my lounge can you please advise me how to remove it

    • Claudine says:

      Hi Arlene,

      I already answered Abby the same question, but here is a more secure trick (so as not to spoil your leather), still making use of white spirit :

      put some make-up remover on cotton wool, add a few drops of white spirit or lemon -based stain remover and delicately dab the stain with it.

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  8. abby says:

    I meSsed tippex on a leather couch and does not want to come off with acetone or anything..hw can I remove it??

    • Claudine says:

      Hi Abby,

      You can try to remove your Tipp-Ex stain with white spirit (do not forget to try on a hidden part before).

  9. dry cleaning Monroe County says:

    Proper care and cleaning is needed if you want to get ink stains off from your favourite suit or dress. One can try to avoid getting stains on his/her clothes but if it does happen, knowing the right things to do can save you money in the long run. Thank you for providing such helpful tips!

  10. Rhia says:

    Hi – my water bottle leaked in my handbag, causing the leather dye to run all over a favourite cotton skirt. I have it soaking in a bucket of cold, soapy water. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Claudine says:

      Hi Rhia, an other possibility could be to try the same method as for removing ink stains on clothing.

      • Rhia says:

        Hi Claudine,
        Thanks for your reply. I didn’t try the bleach (was a bit frightened as the stain is quite a large area – about 30 x 20 cms), however, I had great success soaking it with Napisan, with Sard Wonder Stick rubbed directly on the disaster zone. The stain has faded so much that I can’t see it at all in my laundry light (we’ll see how it looks in sunlight tomorrow morning). I think it will be ok 🙂

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  13. Aurelie says:

    I am loving it
    it is so convenient …!

  14. Vanessa says:

    Hi, worked for me, thanks!
    Do you plan to give also advice on house cleaning? Would be great, I guess.

  15. Jack says:

    Tried on my 500 bucks jacket – goddam worked! Thanks so much!