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Getting rid of stains is always tough work, as you feel like there are so many dos and don’ts that you can’t possibly get it all right! The main difficulty that people have in getting rid of stains revolves around how to deal with the variety in stains, materials and techniques in order to get the perfect combination of the three and a nice clean result! If you are having issues over how to best tackle the problems that come with removing stains, then it can be a good idea to get to know the mechanics behind the process that are on offer. The following notes are all aimed at showing you how the process works, and what it is that you can do to ensure that the stain is cleaned off nicely and easily, so that you are not at risk of getting it wrong, nor getting less than perfect results. In fact, a simple knowledge of how the processes work will mean that you are well able to apply the right technique to the right stain immediately, as soon as it happens, which will no doubt mean that you are able to tackle any stain as it happens, preventing stains from really being such a problem as they may have been previously.
For a start, you should look at talcum powder. It may sound like it is only for the bathroom, but in fact some of its properties are great for getting rid of mess. This may not be the number one go to for stain removal, but if you find yourself with tomato sauce on the carpet and nothing else in the house to use, then it is at least good to have some sort of back-up plan, even if it is using some unlikely ingredients! To start with, talcum powder will be gentle on most fabrics, as well as carpets. It is soft, and does not contain any harmful acids, alkalis, or staining pigments. Therefore, you know you are safe when applying it to the stained surface. The main role that talcum powder has to play in the removal of stains is in soaking up the stain, and drawing it from the material in question. If you think about it, the pigment in the staining liquid or matter is being soaked into the fibers of the material, or the pores of the surface, and then drying out, setting in to the material. If you can apply a substance that will do the reverse, by drawing out the stain, then you are much less likely to let the stain dry into the material in the first place. Simply spread the talc over the staining area, having removed as much excess as possible. Once the talc has taken on the color that you are trying to get rid of, vacuum it up, flush out the area with water, and reapply. You may want to add extra cleaning power like white vinegar, lemon or detergent afterwards, to really get rid of the last little marks. In terms of drawing the stain out however, the talcum powder will be a great solution.
Do not let the talc get too heavy with the stain, as otherwise it may over saturate and drop the color back on to the material surrounding it, spreading the stain. Be attentive, and keep refreshing the talc for as long as you think it is doing its job. Be sure not to use anything on delicate materials if you are at all worried as to how well they will react. If you are in doubt, always call a professional first, to avoid any upset!
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