Stains That Are Hard To Remove


Treat the stain while it is fresh. Avoid hot water on an unknown stain. Test fabric for color change. Use removers sparingly---many brief applications are better than one long one. Spread liquid remover unevenly around stain. Rinse well --never let a liquid chemical dry on cloth. Dry rapidly to help prevent rings.


If washable rub detergent into the stain. Then rinse with warn water. If stain persists, try carbon tetrachloride. Heavy substances, such as pitch or asphalt, should first be softened with petroleum jelly.

If non-washable, use cornstarch or white talcum powder. Dust powder on the spot to absorb grease, then brush off. An effective paste like cleaner can be formed by mixing a grease solvent or cleaning fluid with talcum powder.


Sponge with cold water. Then rub glycerin into the stain and let stand for a half hour or longer. Rinse thoroughly with water and hang in the sun while dripping wet.


Acids Act quickly to prevent damage. Wash stain with cold water and rinse several times; then apply ammonia water or baking soda. Have white vinegar ready to apply if colour changes. Rinse well.

Alkalies: First sponge with cold water; then apply lemon juice or vinegar. Rinse with cold water.

Blood: Soak in cold water until stain turn light brown in color. Then wash in warm soapy water. If stain persists, use hydrogen peroxide.

Chewing Gum:

Rub gum stain with ice, or put garment in plastic bag and freeze. Scrape or rub hardened gum out of cloth.

Dyes and Running colors:

If washable, soak material in cold water for several hours, wash in heavy suds and then dry in the sun. Bleaches can be effective on some white fabrics.


Sponge with cold water. If the stains remains, sprinkle with pepsin powder. Let it stand for half an hour, then rinse.


Stretch material over a large bowl, then pour boiling water over stain from three feet above.


If material is washable, work detergent into stain and rinse. If stain remains, use hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach. On washable fabrics, sponge with alcohol, if it is safe to use.


Sponge repeatedly with alcohol, if safe for that fabric. Rinse immediately.


Treat while spots are fresh. Wash thoroughly and dry in the sun. Or moisten stain with lemon juice and salt and place in the sun.

Oil, paint and varnish:

Treat quickly. If material is washable, remove fresh stains by washing with plenty of soap. If stains are dried, soften it first buy rubbing in petroleum jelly.


Why bother with stains?

We get rid of stains so we may have a clean, acceptable appearance.

But there is something worse than stained clothes -- stain that makes us unacceptable in God's sight. That stain is sin. The Bible declares that "all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"

(Romans 3:23). And it takes just one sin to stain your soul and make you unfit for God's heaven.

But God offers a way the only way to completely cleanse the stains of sin; whether many or few. "Come now; and let us reason together, saith the Lord. though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18.) The New Testament gives unmistakably clear instructions for removing sin's stains. First God identifies the only effective sin-eradicator "the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Then we are told how this wonderful cleansing is obtained: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:7,9)

Receive this cleansing now!
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Updated March 16th, 2014 by Sandra Felix