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Summer Laundry Tips

Laundry | Flat Rate Carpet BlogSummer is a busy time of the year, and all that activity leaves your laundry pile loaded with strange new stains. Don’t spend your summer scrubbing grass stains, remove summer’s most annoying stains with these simple stain removers.

Grass and other plant stains respond well to pretreating. Use a special prewash spray, or just dab on some detergent and let it sit on the stain for a few minutes before washing. Treat any remaining stain with rubbing alcohol, and wash in the hottest water possible.

No barbecue would be complete without a large blob of ketchup or barbecue sauce landing on someone’s outfit. Scrap (not wipe!) off any remaining sauce before letting the item soak in cold water for about half an hour. Pretreat the stain, and then wash with warm water. For fabrics that are 100% cotton you can treat the area with undiluted white vinegar.

When melted ice cream lands in your lap, soak the fabric in cold water until the stain is gone. Wash the clothing in warm water, and if anything is left over use a stain stick to treat the area before washing again.

If you have a super messy family, make sure to always pack a stain stick in your bag. Pretreating a stain is the best way to keep it from sticking around. Don’t let a few stains ruin your summer fun!

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  • Cindy Carpenter

    I have a large family and a new stain a week on the carpet near the kitchen. Is there an instant stain remover that you would recommend? Also, I prefer to go with green products if I can.

    • Flat Rate Carpet Team

      Hello Cindy, thanks for your comment. When it comes to stain removal it’s important to use a stain remover that’s good for that stain. For anything that’s food based, or pet stains, make sure you use a cleaner with enzymes. Good luck with your stain removal and thanks for reading.