Best Stain Removal Tips I Have Found! Both Tried And Tested!

stain removal minneapolisWho doesn’t love Pinterest?! I go there first for recipes, knitting patterns and always for any kind of stain removal! So needless to say, that is where I found most of these tips over the years and have put most of them to the test with success!  At 24Restore we strive in being masters at being able to clean anything. With a full contents department trained to clean the most fire and smoke damaged contents of all kinds, I felt it appropriate to educate homeowners on tips they can do at home to save the ‘small stuff’! So let’s get to it!

Pet accidents, Children Upsets, Coffee & Soda

Wipe up as much of the excess as possible, then shampoo lightly with a home detergent/ammonia solution. Blot lightly with household vinegar.


Hydrogen Peroxide is your best friend in this situation! I did not learn this one from Pinterest, but from a very smart team member at 24Restore! It is like putting invisible ink on blood… literally disappears magically! With any stain, and especially blood, getting to it asap is key! In some cases, bloodstains may become permanent if treated after drying. 24Restore has professional tricks that can remove bloodstains that have become permanent.

Candle Wax

Place paper towels over the wax stain, then apply the tip of a warm iron to the paper towels. Change towels as needed. Be careful not to scorch the carpet.

Candy, Chocolate, Butter, Grease & Oil

Wipe up the excess, then shampoo lightly with a home detergent/ammonia solution.

Chewing Gum

Freeze stuck-on gum with ice cubes, then break or cut off the hardened gum. Blot any remaining gum with a dry cleaning solvent. Allow solvent to set for a few minutes and then scrape off.

Oil-Based Paint

Remove excess with a spoon and then blot with a dry-cleaning solvent. If stains remain, apply a home detergent, then an ammonia solution; rinse, then blot dry. Oil base can be a little trickier, call 24Restore if you need assistance.

Water-Based Paint

Remove excess with a spoon, blot with a home detergent and then apply an ammonia solution. If stains remain, apply a dry cleaning solvent; rinse, then blot dry.

Furniture/Shoe Polish & Cosmetics

Treat with a dry cleaning solvent. Allow the area to dry for a day, then shampoo with a home detergent. Speaking of shoe polish, I had a big nasty dirt stain on my white leather Michael Kors backpack, on Pinterest (of course) I found that with makeup wipes and white shoe polish you could restore white leather to new! Worked like magic!


Blot area with paper towels, but do not treat stain any further – doing so may cause the stain to spread. If needed call 24Restore for assistance.

Nail Polish

On synthetic carpeting, blot up excess polish, then call Woodard for further assistance; NEVER use nail polish remover to remove stains on synthetic carpeting. When treating cotton or wool carpeting, apply nail polish remover to a sponge, then use it to blot the stain away. If this technique does not work, 24Restore has a professional heat transfer method that has yet to fail. It has saved my own carpets a time or two …or five! (My daughter and I love us some nail polish!)

Anything with Dye (Kool-Aid, Mustard, Red Wine, etc.)

Lightly shampoo the stain with a home detergent.


Apply hair spray to a white cloth, then use it to lightly blot the stain. Finish by shampooing with a home detergent.

Home Detergent Solutions

Home Detergent/Biz – Mix solution of 1-quart warm water, 1 tsp. Biz brand detergent booster, 1 tsp. liquid dish detergent. Using mainly suds and a soft household scrub brush, shampoo the area gently. Do not rub too aggressively or you may cause texture change. Dab lightly.

Home Detergent/Ammonia – Mix solution of 1-quart warm water, 1.6 oz. Ammonia, and 1 Tsp. liquid dish detergent. Use the same technique as with Home Detergent/Biz solution.

WARNING: Never mix ammonia and bleach together.


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