Your Ultimate Guide to Removing Stubborn Stains from Clothes

Stains are just awful and can completely ruin your favorite item of clothing. You might think that just throwing stained clothes in the washing machine will do the trick, but that’s not really true.

Things to Keep In Mind about Stains

The best way to deal with stains is to catch them early on. If you are not at home, use spray ‘n’ wash to treat the affected area. The point is not to let the stain settle in your clothes and to also make sure that you wash the clothes as soon as you get home.

Also check the clothes after you’ve washed them to make sure that no stains have been left behind. If the stain is still there, just wash the clothes again.

Of course, some stains are stubborn and it’s a lot tougher to wash them. Let’s take a look at some of these:

Dye Stains

Dye Stains

These refer to naturally occurring vegetable dyes which are found in plants as well as acidic foods.

Fresh dye stains are very easy to remove however; the same cannot be said about ones that may have set in. This is why you should immediately run the stained clothes under cold water and then wash them at the hottest setting for the fabric.

If you are still not able to get out the stain, you might want to get the fabric dry-cleaned.

Protein Stains

These refer to vomit blood, and sweat stains. You can treat these with alkaline based solutions that digest the proteins. Enzymes pre-soak the protein and break them down. In addition to that, they dissolve fats as well.

Mud Stains

Mud stains are in a way, similar to protein stains. In order to remove these stains, first let the stain dry. Then brush off the soil from the cloth and soak it in a solution of warm water, detergent and vinegar.

Rinse the cloth with water and leave it for a couple of minutes. If the stain is still there, try rubbing it with alcohol. You can also soak the cloth in enzymes and add bleach to wash the stains.

Coffee Stains

Coffee Stain


Coffee stains are a mixture of dye and protein stains. You need to wash them first with cold water and add laundry detergent to it. For treating older stains, you will need to add vinegar as well.

The easiest way to deal with stubborn stains is to get them cleaned by professional dry cleaners like Reid’s Dry Cleaner. We offer laundry service in Austin. We also offer additional services like tailoring and alterations. You can contact us directly or visit our website for further information.