THE FIVE TYPES OF HOUSEHOLD STAINS
There are many different types of spot and stains but there are five general categories of household stains.
General or Common Stains: The most common stains found in the home are water-based, combination oil and water based or protein stains. Given that these are all removed by the same type of stain remover they are all grouped together in this category. Water based stains are typically food, many beverages such as beer, liquor and soft drinks, baby formula, jelly, syrup, latex paint, plain old dirt and many more. Combination oil and water-based stains such as salad dressing, oily foods of all types, chocolate, mayonnaise and many others also fall into this category. Protein stains such as milk, milk products, ice cream, blood, grass and many food items are also general or common stains. All of these stains are best removed with Spotting Solutions General Spot Remover.
Greasy and Oil-Based Stains: Oil-based stains can be among the most difficult to remove because few consumer stain removers are designed to remove such stains. Oil-based stains include adhesives, butter, cooking oils, cosmetics, crayon, some furniture polish, glues, gravy, grease, gum, hand cream, inks, lipstick, margarine, oil, ointment, peanut butter, tar, wax and many others. Spotting Solutions Gum, Tar and Grease Remover is a special blend of solvents that quickly and safely breaks down these greasy stains for easy removal.
Juice and Dye Stains: Stains of this type are widely varied given that there are so many different types of dyes found in juices, foods and beverages, medications and so forth. While it is important to remove all spots as soon as possible, time is of the essence even more in terms of juice and dye stains as these dyes can sometimes dye carpet fibers resulting in a permanent stain! Spotting Solutions Juice and Dye Stain Remover is an excellent stain remover for these types of stains and is also excellent for removing most wine stains as well.
Coffee and Tea Stains: Coffee and tea contain "tannins" that leave brown, tan or yellow discolorations on carpets. Spotting Solutions Coffee and Tea Stain Remover is excellent to remove these as well as many other mystery stains that leave brown, tan or yellowish discolorations. When there are large amounts of cream and/or sugar in coffee and tea stains, pre-treat with Spotting Solutions General Spot Remover first to remover this component of the spill.
Pet Stains and Odors: This category is self-explanatory! 100 million Americans have pet cats or dogs and even the most well-trained pet will have an occasional accident or get sick and vomit on the carpet. And beloved older pets sometimes just can't make it until we get home to take them outside. Stains in this category are organic materials such as urine, feces, vomit and other organic materials. Spotting Solutions Pet Stain and Odor Remover uses bio-enzymatic action to naturally break down these materials so stains and odors are easy to remove. Works on human soils as well and is also suitable for use on mattresses to remove stains and odors from bedwetting, sweat and so on.