Stain guide

How the most common stains are treated

Stains can be roughly divided into two types. Water-soluble , which may be milk , wine, coffee , grass and most stains from foods in general. And fat-soluble , as cooking oil , mascara , tar, oil , pen , etc. .. Water-soluble stains will often go off at regular washing, while fat-soluble goes best in the . Some stains can be both.
Occasionally it is necessary to spot treat first . And there are spots that are difficult or impossible to remove . For example, stains that have been sitting a long time on clothing or have heat. Glue and color is often impossible to get away.
The following is a list , in alphabetical order , of the most common stains and their treatment. As a starting point , we assume that textiles can be washed. Always be aware of the textiles are particularly delicate , as there may be some who do not tolerate very well some of these stain agents.
The fabrics to be cleaned , it is generally best not to do too much at the spots before , because it often makes it harder for the dry cleaner afterwards. Typically, the use of water with the same , when necessary , may be sufficient. Then it is advantageous to take it to the as soon as possible .


Fresh stains rinsed immediately in cold water. There can be tapped lightly with a brush on the stain until it is gone. Then wash the clothes in the machine. Old stains can be soaked for half an hour in warm water with an enzyme-containing detergent. For silk and wool used cold saline – 2 tablespoons salt to 1 liter of water . On dry cleaners , we have a blood solves pretreatment agent, who regularly helps us to dissolve the old dried blood stains .


First gently scraped as much as possible of the chocolate off. The clothes can also be placed in the freezer , then chocolate scraped / brushed off . The stain is moistened with colorless detergent and should be a few hours before the clothes washed.

Fat , butter and cooking oil

When you wash above 60 ° C are grease stains usually of clothing. If the stain does not come off , or if the clothes may only be washed at lower temperatures , the stain can be treated with colorless detergent , then the clothes should be in the 4-6 hours before washing . For delicate fabrics or colors can cleaning usually remove grease and oil without problems.


Is easiest to remove by immediately rinse the stain under cold running water. And if necessary . rubbed lightly , then wash in machine. Old stains can be treated with glycerine and square overnight. Clothes to be cleaned , filed as soon as possible to the dry cleaners .


Remove with rubbing alcohol. Remember to use an absorbent substrates such . towel to absorb liquid and color, so that the stain from spreading . Repeat the treatment until no more dye back . Soak up . clothes soak with detergent 4-6 hours before washing .
Our experience in the cleaning is that we can usually get a pen stroke away while a decidedly smudge almost always impossible to do anything about . Then you have a problem with the outlet of a pen , please be careful as you could easily make it worse by stain runs out (become larger).

Red wine

Fresh stains wash as soon as possible with running water until they are completely gone. On old stains applied colorless detergent and should then be 10-12 hours, after which the garment is washed . Is red wine stains difficult to remove, you can also leave them overnight with glycerin on . Let them then be a little washing up liquid on before the clothes washed.


First, remove as much wax as possible mechanically. This can be done by gently scraping with eg . the not too sharp knife, but be careful , especially with delicate clothes . Alternatively, you can put the clothes in the freezer for candle wax has hardened , then break / scraped off. Then remove the rest with benzine . Let it dry and finally let it go a couple of hours with colorless detergent on the stain. Eventually, the clothes are washed .
Some also use the old husmoderråd to put a coffee filter or paper towel under and over candle wax stain , then ironed / heated gently with an iron. However, be careful here that the iron is not too hot , else you run the risk of iron candle wax into the material , which may make it more difficult to remove .
Is this delicate fabrics or you will be sure that the wax goes away , it is recommended to clean it, since it’s one of the things that dissolve effectively in the .

Chewing gum

Tool in the freezer in a plastic bag for a few hours until the gum has been hard. Alternatively, you can put a freeze item or a bag of ice on top of the stain. Next, pry / scrape it off. The last residue removed with benzine . Let it finally be with detergent on the stain and then wash it off .

We can also help you

We have the dry cleaners different stain removers and solubilisers for old stains . If you prefer to let us take care of the matter – the clothes to be cleaned is delicate or difficult stains – it is always an advantage if we get the clothes as soon as possible . You may want . wrap it in a plastic bag if the stains are still wet so they do not dry out . Remember that it can be hard to get a spot on if the clothes have been washed , and it has not gone away.