How To Remove Stains From Different Surfaces

Find out how to remove stains from all different surfaces to keep your house, clothes and other items fresher and cleaner for longer.

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Staining can occur on any surface, for almost any reason. Staining can also easily completely ruin how an item looks, smells and even functions. For these reasons, it makes sense to have an understanding of how to remove different stains from different surfaces. At the very least, getting an idea of how to best handle any stain will give you the very best chance of not making it worse.

Here are our top tips to help you get stains out of different surfaces:

Immediate Stain Response Tips:

 Before we take a look at different stained surfaces and what to do, here are some instant response tips to help you avoid making a stain worse:

     Don’t rub the stain as you can embed the product into the surface

     Dab the excess liquid with kitchen roll as quickly as you can

     Gently scrape off any food debris without rubbing it in, or try using a strong vacuum crevice tool to suck the debris away

     If the stain is on a blanket or piece of clothing, rinse the stained section under water

If you are in a bit of a rush or you’re a visual learner, take a look at this Youtube video for hints and tips on immediately dealing with stains.

How To Remove Stains From Different Materials


If you spill a stain on clothes the first step is to run the material under cold water to rinse the stain out. After this point, you can wash the item with a stain remover if you are confident the stain will come out (ie you have gone through the process before). Alternatively, for tough stains, try soaking the item submerged in a vinegar/ water mix with some bicarbonate of soda sprinkled on the stain. You can sprinkle some vinegar on the bicarbonate of soda to activate it’s ‘fizz’ which will help get to work on the stain.

Rugs & Carpet

The first thing to do is remove any debris with a hoover or scraper, then blot the stain by dabbing it with kitchen towel. After this has happened a lot of stains can be improved with a mixture of white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda, washing liquid and warm water in a spray bottle. Simply spray and blot repeatedly and you should see the stain improve.

Marble (And Similar Porous Stone)

Marble is known to be easily stained if it is not sealed, unfortunately. However, it isn’t game over if there is a stain, you can improve it. Simply mix hydrogen peroxide with bicarbonate of soda until the mixture is a paste, then apply it thickly to the stain and cling film it over. Leave it for around a day and night and then take the wrap off, leave the paste to dry and wipe it off. You can repeat the entire process until the stain is gone before sealing the entire marble surface to avoid any stains in future.

Tricky Stains

Some trains can be very, very tricky to deal with so there are special tips for dealing with those:

Animal Accidents

Pet stains are not only ugly, but they can be really smelly. Acting quickly when it happens is important so you can blot the accident away.

Then, if you can wash the item on a toddler wash with a strong detergent the item should be OK. If the stain is really bad, though, you may need to take further action by soaking the material in water and vinegar, or potentially using shampoo and a carpet cleaner if it is in a rug or carpet.


Oil is tricky to remove but it is possible. The first step is blotting followed by sprinkling baking soda on the area and leaving it for a good day or so to soak up the oil. The next day you can vacuum up the baking soda and apply equal parts water and white vinegar to the stain.


You can remove grass stains by mixing one part white vinegar to two parts water and one tablespoon of washing up liquid in a bowl then scrubbing the affected area with the mixture. Once the stain has gone you can then wash the item normally and then let it air dry.

Deal With Stains Before Placing Items Into Self Storage

If you plan to put any items into your cheap self storage unit it makes sense to deal with any stains before you do so. Leaving stained, soiled or wet items in cheap self storage for any length of time can lead to the item being permanently damaged through staining, rotting, mould and mildew.