There are a lot of dangerous materials out there, materials that can leave ugly, permanent, disturbing stains. People need to be on their guard at all times. If stains happen, they need to be ready with the right knowledge and the right supplies. I can give you some tips on how to remove stains, but just remember: you might be able to remove the mark from your carpet or your wall, but the mark on your memory could last forever.
RED WINE STAINS
I'm not much of a risk-taker, so I have a pretty strict no-red-wine policy in my house. Actually, I have a rule against any beverage darker than, say, water. But if you like to live on the edge and throw caution to the wind, then you'll need this trick for removing red wine stains:
Pour salt over the stain to absorb the wine and let it sit. Then add club soda and scrub the stain. The bubbling action will help lift the stain effectively. But even if it works, you might want to replace the rug anyway. You'll know the stain was once there. And isn't that enough to keep you awake at night?
Pens can sometimes leak. To avoid the potential nightmare of ink stains, I check my pens every day, and dispose of any writing instruments that seem like they might start to leak soon. But sometimes accidents happen. To other people. So if you do find yourself a victim of a horror as unspeakable as a pen leakage, here's a tip:
Aerosol hair sprays, because they contain a high concentration of acetone, will remove some ballpoint ink stains from clothing. Try this: Hold a rag under the fabric to blot the ink that comes through on the other side, then aim and spray. And once you've gotten the stain out, do yourself a favor and buy some pencils.
Crayons? Little pocket-sized stain sticks, that's what they are. A hazard. A menace. My best advice is to keep as far away from crayons as possible. If you should somehow find yourself in a room with crayon marks on the wall, run. Or better yet, use a damp rag dipped in baking soda to clean the marks off. Then find the crayons and throw them away immediately. Then run.
PERMANENT MARKER STAINS
There's one thing worse than crayons: Permanent markers. In the wrong hands, these things can be deadly. Well, not deadly. But bad, very bad. Horrible.
To get marker stains off of appliances or counter tops, use a paper towel dipped in rubbing alcohol. Then try to erase the memory of the stain. If you're anything like me, it won't be as easy.
Use Catsup to remove limescale and/or rust from fixtures.
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