I grabbed a small carton of eggs on Friday after work, and threw them into my big leather purse. On the train, I reached into my bag for something and touched something moist - two of the eggs had broken. Oops. [more inside]
posted by monkey!knife!fight!
on Aug 4, 2014 -
We had some "off the vine" tomatoes we bought at the store and I was cleaning them with water and wiped them with a paper towel and noticed a yellowish stain on the paper towel. I wiped very well, then rinsed and finally the new paper towel I used was clean.
What do you think this is? Is it tomato tar?
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jul 30, 2014 -
I have a swell new leather shoulder bag. I wore it walking for an hour slung diagonally across my chest. It was a warm day leaving a very attractive diagonal line of sweat across my chest and shoulder from the strap. So far, so typical. However, with this new brown bag brown stains were left as well. Is there any way to treat or wash the strap to make sure it doesn't stain again? It is a fairly pricey bag, which I had assumed would mean it would not do this.
posted by shothotbot
on Jun 27, 2014 -
I picked up my laundry from the laundromat yesterday--I did wash-and-fold this time because I didn't feel like dealing with the laundromat on a holiday weekend--and my favorite purple shirt has a bunch of dark splotches on the front. It looks like it just got water dripped on it or something, except that the spots don't dry, and they also don't go away with mere water. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Sequence
on May 25, 2014 -
So, I am wearing a dress today that I haven't worn since last summer, because it's a warmer weather dress (a green gingham version of this dress
, actually). Upon changing a work from my riding clothes, I discovered an odd, yellow stain on it. The stain didn't respond to soap and water and I couldn't figure out what it was. Then I noticed a similar residue in the pocket. So now I figure that the last time I wore it, I left some multivitamins in my pocket, and washed and dried (and somehow ironed
without noticing this? I need better light in my place) the dress with the multivitamins in the pocket.
Do I have any hope of lifting the stain now after all this time and after heat has been applied? What should I do to improve my chances of getting it without destroying the fabric?
posted by Kurichina
on May 8, 2014 -
I am the proud new owner of this
vintage picnic-checked pink gingham maxi dress, which I picked up for a song! Unfortunately, the dress has a stain on the bust that I need to remove (see the fifth picture in the link), and I am looking for advice about the best method(s) to try without ruining the dress. The dress is missing a tag indicating fabric, and the brand label has been cut out of it. I don't know much about the dress or the stain, but here are a few things I do know: [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear
on Apr 28, 2014 -
We have very hard water and it has a tendancy to stain stuff pretty quickly. The area of the sink and the tub just below the faucets are an endless battle. The only thing that has ever been able to get those stains out has been bleach, but now the bleach has only made things worse because they stain even MORE quickly. It really looks terrible. Help me fix my sink and tub so that we don't look like Grubby McSlobbersons. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson
on Jan 31, 2014 -
A question about how to refinish my cabinets, in a kitten-friendly (low VOC) way? Apologies in advance, as I'm new to furniture / wood stuff and think I'm missing something obvious. Kitten pictures inside. [more inside]
posted by slidell
on Jan 4, 2014 -
Shampoo spilled in my suitcase. My leather boots and leather pumps were stained. I tried absorbing the shampoo but the stains are still there. Home remedies? Take to dry cleaner? Cobbler? [more inside]
posted by k8t
on Nov 22, 2013 -
An unexplained ring stain has appeared on 4 of my shirts. I'm very afraid it will ruin more. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by graytona
on Oct 13, 2013 -
I am renting a house with nice, very old wooden floors, and I just discovered a 20" square dog-urine stain under a box I had on the floor. For some reason, it never smelled until I moved the box, so it may have been there for a long time. It has clearly soaked the wood. I'm extremely embarrassed. What are my options? I've read an earlier askme post where the conclusions are basically that replacing the floorboards is the only option. But it might have only been there for a day - is there anything I can try first, in case I can clean it up myself before it turns into a huge expense? I've done a bit of searching and found some testimonials about covering with hydrogen peroxide soaked rags. Is that worth a try?
posted by anonymous
on Sep 5, 2013 -
I have this
bag. Like an idiot I spilled sparkling water on the inside, where it appears to be raw untreated leather (the outside is pretty smooth leather). Now there are water stains on the inside. [more inside]
posted by long haired child
on Aug 14, 2013 -
I'm panicking a bit, because I really want to wear a certain shirt tomorrow. I don't have too much time to do internet searching so I'm taking a shortcut by posting here.
I have a very nice 100% cotton wrinkle resistant shirt. It's got a nice sheen to it. I don't wear it very often. It is an Easter egg blue color.
I just noticed that there are lighter blue splotches on it. I have no idea where the splotches came from. It almost looks like spilled milk. I can't tell if the shirt was in contact with bleach, or if it's something else that doesn't want to budge. I've tried a bit of Folex but that didn't work.
Are there any "tests" to help identify what the splotch is? Any advice on how to clean something like this?
posted by icanbreathe
on Jul 29, 2013 -
My dog had diarrhea sometime overnight on our (new!!!!) beige
carpeting (I've found advice for white). I am about to go to WalMart and Petco to buy whatever I need. What do I need? I want to clean it today so it doesn't set permanently. I'm willing to throw any amount of money at it. I also have a bissell little green proheat deep reach
. [more inside]
posted by desjardins
on Jun 8, 2013 -
, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs
I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I have a tan suede blazer which has been hanging in a closet for some time. I took it out the other day and it now has large areas of orange discolouration all over it. It's both front and back so I'm guessing it isn't from contact with coloured clothing or it wouldn't be on both sides. Is there anything I can do to fix this? [more inside]
posted by tel3path
on May 25, 2013 -
I've had a black leather jacket for four or five years, and the jacket itself is probably twenty years old. I never had it stain anything until I began wearing white button-up shirts to work, but now I have a bunch of shirts with dirty collars that don't wash out. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by 23
on Apr 8, 2013 -
I broke a very large bottle of apple cider vinegar on my floor -- my polished concrete floor. I managed to clean up the spill quite quickly, but it ate away at the surface. You can see the horrid results here
. (You may also see some of my tears on the floor.) [more inside]
posted by Lescha
on Feb 6, 2013 -
I just noticed the stain recently but it feels set-in. It's roughly 3 inches around. What's the best way to go about removing the stain?
posted by mizrachi
on Feb 1, 2013 -
I have a nice wooden jewelry box. Everyone loves it. In particular, my cat loved it, and marked it as his own. How do I clean the pee out, or is it doomed? I've tried wood cleaners, but honestly I am not terribly good at this, and it's been longer than it should have been.
posted by jeather
on Dec 11, 2012 -
Help me clean my jean-stained leather bag in Japan (and help me prevent this from happening again)! [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123
on Dec 1, 2012 -
How to get blood out of a sweater (silk/cotton/cashmere blend)? [more inside]
posted by hrj
on Nov 29, 2012 -
I recently purchased a used coffee table with unsealed slate tiles. There are a few small dark stains on the tiles, perhaps from beer or soda. I tried scrubbing a stain with dishwashing soap and a sponge, but it didn't work. Are there any simple solutions or products that I can use?
posted by jordanian2
on Oct 7, 2012 -
White cotton-upholstered couch -- help me keep it clean. Pros and cons of using Scotchgard or similar product? Health risks for people and pets? Other methods? [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten
on Jul 24, 2012 -
How do you you get set mulberry stains out of clothes? I've tried pre-treating with Shout, Dawn, and just plain soaking (separate attempts).
posted by katyh
on Jun 10, 2012 -
New semi-transparent stain on deck is ugly. Can I put solid stain right over it? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy
on May 2, 2012 -
I bought this old Escada sweater
at a thrift store for a few bucks. It had a few small brown stains that I figured I could live with, but after I got it home I realized that it had a HUGE yellowish armpit stain on one side. What (if anything) can be done? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis
on Apr 1, 2012 -
Need advice for getting urine (and other?) out of carpet for blacklight inspection by landlord!! [more inside]
posted by starfyr
on Jan 25, 2012 -
I have mutant sweat that seemingly alters the color of every shirt I own: whites turn sweat-stain-beige and most colors get bleached. Can I do anything to prevent or treat it, or am I stuck wearing the three colors that aren't affected? [more inside]
posted by supercres
on Jan 4, 2012 -
How do I clean thick, dried povidone iodine (Betadine) out of a carpet? Is it possible without spreading the stain everywhere? [more inside]
posted by WasabiFlux
on Dec 7, 2011 -
We painted over stained woodwork, but the stain is showing through. Where do we go from here? [more inside]
posted by mjcon
on Nov 12, 2011 -
Hope me, laundry wizards! Is there any way to get out grease stains on a shirt after it's been dried? [more inside]
posted by calistasm
on Oct 23, 2011 -
How to clean carbamide peroxide out of work clothes (one non-iron shirt, poly blend pants)? Soak & hope for best or dry cleaner STAT? [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao
on Oct 18, 2011 -
I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by lankford
on Sep 22, 2011 -
We left a t-shirt with a decal on it on top of a white laminate dresser for a few weeks and I guess from the heat of the room, bits of the decal have sort of melted into the laminate. Can I get this off? [more inside]
posted by gfrobe
on Aug 31, 2011 -
Help me figure out how to remove a red wine stain from a brand new silk chiffon (dry clean only) dress. [more inside]
posted by moshimosh
on Aug 12, 2011 -
Is there anything I can do about this relatively small stain on my hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg
on Jul 10, 2011 -
How/would you be able, to get four month old (human) pee stain out of a mattress?
posted by trogdole
on Jan 25, 2011 -
Did I just ruin my kitchen wood block counter top thanks to moisture/mold/poor use of cleaning products? [more inside]
posted by gwint
on Dec 6, 2010 -
I left half of a ticket stub, much like this
one, in the shirt pocket of my seersucker button up and put it in the wash, then dried it without noticing. It left an orange stain about the size of a half dollar coin, what can I do to try and make sure it will come out next time I wash it?
posted by hempgranola
on Oct 27, 2010 -