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DIY home stain removal techniques ⋆ Pressto | Malaysia's Premier Laundry & Dry Clean Service

At Pressto, we are the stain removal experts and having developed our own professional grade stain removal solutions, we know it’s equally important that our customers are informed in the many ways to remove everyday stains.

With that in mind, we compile and present this handy guide to you on stain removal using just home ingredients. Keep this in your bookmark and be confident to Pressto-It at home!

TIP: Always treat stains from the back, rather than the front, to avoid rubbing the stain in more.

  • Ink or Paint Stains: Soak in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes or (ink only) spray with hair spray and wash out.
  • Tea or Coffee Stains: Immediately pour boiling water over the stain until it is gone, or if it is already set, scrub with a paste of borax and water and wash immediately.
  • Grass stains: Scrub with liquid dish soap or treat with a 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) and water mix
  • Mud stains: Let dry and brush off what you can, then scrub with a borax/water paste and wash immediately
  • Tomato Based Stains: Treat with white vinegar directly on the stain and wash immediately.
  • Dingy Whites or Underarm Deodorant Stains: Soak the stain directly in a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water for 30 minutes and then add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to the wash water. For really tough yellow stains, make a paste of 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and rub into the stain. Leave on for 5 minutes before laundering.
  • Other Food Stains: Treat with a mix of 50/50 Hydrogen Peroxide and water and soak.
  • Grease and Oil Stains: Sprinkle the stain with dry baking soda to remove any loose oil or grease and brush off. Then, soak in undiluted white vinegar for 15 minutes, rinse and scrub with liquid dish soap before washing
  • Vomit, Urine, Poop, Blood, Egg, Gelatin, Glue or other protein based stains: DO NOT wash in warm water. This will set in the smell. Soak in cool water and then wash with an added mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda in the washing machine.

 Never store a garment with spills or stains on it. The warmth of a closet will slowly set the stain.

Additional tips

  • Do not attempt stain removal on leather, suede, furs or vinyl. Get your time quickest to your nearest dry cleaner.

So that’s it- for more stubborn stains, locate the nearest Pressto to you for more advice.
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