10 Replies Latest reply: Jun 29, 2012 3:28 PM by msdebj RSS

    Anyone have new stain removal tips?

    msdebj Senior Contributor

      Hi all. We've talked abt. this in the past, but I was wondering if anyone has found any new miracle products.

      I normally don't charge against any damage depost if a few towels are ruined by stains, but it's always nice to TRY to remove the stains. I've been a big fan of Carbona products to remove blood stains, but I think they ( like so many ) have changed their products to be EPA compliant., in the US.

       

      So, has anyone found any new magic product?  (I've used OxyClean,hydrogen preoxide bleach, and the afore mentioned).  

      Thanks,

      Debj

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          stjvilla Active Contributor

          We use the same products you mention, although some stores don't carry Carbona anymore.  Another go-to spray is Zout.  Sometimes it works when the others don't, even when something has already been washed.

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              amyg Active Contributor

              msdebj, our housekeeping service says they've had excellent results with the Tide stain remover spray.  I bought a bottle of it at Target a few months ago and it was twice the price of Spray N Wash--about $5 I believe.  But darn if it doesn't do a good job--even on stains that have been set in for awhile.  I like the spray because you can put it exactly where you need it.  Let it set a few moments, then use your finger nail or a scrub brush to work it into the fabric and after a minute or two, launder as usual. 

               

              I've always been big on using hydrogen peroxide for blood stains but the Tide spray does a good all-around job on stains.  For me, it's too expensive to leave in the cabins for guests to use, but certainly a good addition to the arsenal for whoever does the linen service.

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              Contributor

              I like "kids n pets" for removing stains.  I was even able to remove a years old blood stain from vinyl that nothing else had done.  I use it on fabric, carpet, and in the wash.  It comes in a spray or a liquid.

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                anja Senior Contributor

                I just noticed this thread, today. There are a few items that I've been using for several months now that I like. One is for laundry and the others are for cleaning different surfaces. They all do a very good job and I will continue using them. They are also non toxic and marketed as "alternative" cleaning products.

                 

                1. S20 is a line of "alternative" cleaning products that I buy from the Home Shopping Network {HSN.com}.  I've been using the laundry sheets to see if they would be an effective alternative to bleach on stains.  I really like these.  Toss one sheet in with each load of laundry. It's been very good on dirt and stains ...protein stains too. I've not used any bleach for months.  There are 100 sheets in a container.  The S20 product line has other cleaners.  Not sure if you can get these outsid of HSN.com.

                 

                2. All-In-One Orange Oxy.  I get this at The Home Depot. Comes in a spray bottle and it's a multi-surface cleaner, carpet spotter and upholstery cleaner. Works great!

                 

                3. Maintex Citrus Degreaser. This cleans and deodorizes.  Also from The Home Depot. Works great, too, especially around the BBQ area where guests often spill meat juices on the deck. But, I've used it indoors as well, on multi surfaces. Someone ate something in the bedroom, don't know what it could be, but it seemed to be a food stain on the carpet. But the time I got to it, it was quite dry -- a brownish color stain.  Spray.  LIghtly worked with a cloth.  Stain is gone.

                 

                4. And, my favorite little cleaning thing is  "Mr Clean Magic Eraser".   Helps me a lot!!  This spongy thing takes those dark marks off the wall that guests leave behind from their luggage. And, it is great at cleaning the stove top. My cottage has an electric stove top / range and around the hot burners it sometimes get stained around each rim.  That "Magic Eraser" takes every mark away from around the burners. The sponge is very soft...it does no damage to walls or to any surface.

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                    thaxterlane Senior Contributor

                    Anja,

                     

                    Great post.  Thank you for the recommendations.

                     

                    I do use the Mr Clean Magic Eraser and I agree it is fabulous.  It has saved me an extraordinary amount of time I would have put into painting over marks on the interior walls

                     

                    I use Cerama Bryte for stove top cleaning.  I just purchased a new range and it came with a sample bottle for cleaning the gas burner elements (everything lifts off the range for cleaning).  A dime sized amount on a cerama bryte pad goes a great distance in removing cooked on foods.  I've only been using the cleaner and pad for a few weeks, but it works nicely, and it is recommended as safe for all cooktops.  It's available in chain stores and on amazon.

                     

                    Wow, I sound like I have stock in the company, which I don't.  It's just so very rare to find a product that works as it should . . .

                     

                    I've had less success getting stains out of carpeting.  There are always a few spots that escape my cleaners' notice and by the time I get to them, at the end of the summer season, they are difficult to handle.  My last installation of carpeting tended to a tan tone, rather than the off white I prefer, as it will hold it's look much longer than the ligthter tone. 

                     

                    Thank you, again, (everyone) for the recommendations. 

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                    New Member

                    I LOVE Folex for carpet and upholstery cleaning.  Just spray on, work it in with your finger - sometimes your nail will work better - that's it.  You can get it at Home Depot and Lowes and recently I've seen it other places.

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                      Contributor

                      Club Soda for Red Wine.

                       

                      Lara

                      www.alluringbend.com

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                          anja Senior Contributor

                          Thanks...that's a great reminder!

                           

                          One of our guests spilled a glass of red wine on one of the "cream coloured" sofas. They first, dashed out to buy club soda.  The husband then came to my door to tell me about it  {good boyyyy}.

                           

                          I had them slip off three of the sofa's seat cushion covers {that was some big glass of wine} and a throw pillow,  so I could soak and wash them ....the club soda he used did a great job of dissolving the "genormous" spillage....and it all washed out completely.  The couple felt awful ...wife was welling up....but I was able to declare them "heroes" for quick action getting the club soda....sofa is saved....hurra!   Happy again.

                           

                          My tip:   I do keep large bottle of club soda under the kitchen sink closets in my units --- with a note taped across it that says:    For wine stain removal,  only!

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                              Thanks to all who mentioned Mr Clean Eraser - it recently became available here in France.  I had forgotten how well it works on walls.  Now will not have to smuggle it in from the US!

                               

                              Stain removers here tend to be really harsh, and we can't add bleaching agents to the washing machine.  I rely heavily on plain white vinegar for most jobs.  It works well on red wine, got tomato sauce out of my rug and removed chocolate stains from the sheets - a "chocolate body-paint party"...

                               

                              I toss a cup of vinegar in with every dishwasher load, to counteract our very hard water, and about 1/4 cup goes in every laundry load.  Dishes / clothes come out spot-free / soft, and the vinegar really helps fight the mineral deposits in both machines.  

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                                  msdebj Senior Contributor

                                  just returned froma week at our VR & was about to toss some white pillow cases that were stained with lord knows what.  Thought I'd try the hydrogen peroxide again as a last resort. It WORKED! Poured it on the stains, let them sit overnight and laundered them in cool water.

                                   

                                  And this is even odder. A friend told me to try rubbing Crisco onto some dish towels & hot pads that had grease stains on them. I rubbed it into the stains, laundered in HOT water and POOF! gone.

                                   

                                  I guess sometimes the old tried and true stuff really does work. Who knew?

                                  Debj