How to remove set in stains

What is the best way to remove set in stains? When you are folding your laundry or vacuuming your caret, and you all of a sudden see a stain that you did not know was there, you heart gets that disappointed feeling. Usually this means that the stain is already set in and may be impossible to remove from the material.
We all have made those mistakes of spilling on our shirt, forgetting to look into our pockets before a wash, and slipping in the grass. Stains are everywhere and no one is immune to them.
The best way to remove stains is to remove them right after they happen. Nevertheless, in some circumstances this is not always possible, especially if you do not know the stain is there.
However, there are steps you can try in order to save your carpet or clothing. The place to start on knowing how to remove set in stains is knowing what kind of material you will be trying to remove the stain from.

If the article of clothing you are working with is dry clean only, or if it is only hand washable, some stain treatments would damage these materials, so therefore the material will be damaged either by the stain or the treatment. There are also materials like wool that will be ruined by chlorine bleach.
If you show the stain on your clothing that is dry clean only, the dry cleaner has a very effective. This treatment is called arsenal product that if you can get the stain to them right away, within 24-48 hours they will likely be able to remove the stain.
Knowing the type of stain you are dealing with is also very helpful when it comes to removing a set in stain. The different types of stains are proteins, dye, oil-based, tannin and a combination of these.
Protein based stains are better removed using products that are oxygen oriented. You will want to soak the article or stain in a little cool water, and then use a treatment like bleach, hydrogen peroxide, ammonia or a stain remover that is targeted like Oxy clean with oxygen.
Dyes are better removed if you use a mixture of your detergent and bleach. If however bleach will prove to cause damage to the material, you can use color safe bleach. Rub this into the stain and let sit in hot water, and then wash as normal.
Oil-based stains are also better removed with your detergent and hot water. Using a pre treatment will also help the success of removing these types of stains.
Tannin stains are removed well with directly applying the detergent and stain remover on the stain and washing in hot water. Do not use any type of bar soap, as it will likely set the stain further. A stain pre treatment is also a good idea for removing these types of stains.
Combination stains are stains that are a mixture of any of these listed. Usually a two-step process is more likely to remove these types of stains. First, rub a dry cleaning product on the stain, like Spray-N-Wash and Shout, and then using a detergent directly on the stain. Wash the material in hot water.
Take caution to not dry the article of clothing until you are sure the stain has been completely removed. Also, be cautious in using several cleaning treatments and detergents together at the same time. This may not only be toxic to you, but can likely ruin the clothing you are trying to clean.

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