I have blue stains on my new pillowcases, and I'm scared it could be mildew. But I don't understand how it could have got there so fast, and I don't know what to do now. Can anyone confirm what it is, and give me ideas for what to try next? [more inside]
posted by jlibera
on Nov 13, 2013 -
On Friday, I rented my first-ever tuxedo for a black-tie wedding. On Saturday, I went to said wedding. On Sunday, I noticed that there's somehow red wine stains on the tuxedo shirt, despite not drinking red wine and not having stains on any other part of the tuxedo. On Monday, I'm supposed to return the tuxedo. Help? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000
on Oct 27, 2013 -
I've got a pile of non-organic (microfiber/spandex/etc.) athletic clothing that I love, but every part of it that's white quickly turns orangish--especially around the neckline--if I wear it after putting on sunscreen. (I think sweat is a factor too, although probably less so.)
Since it's non-organic, I don't want to clean it in hot water or use bleach, but I have
tried soaking it in OxyClean, vinegar solutions, and WIN detergent (which claims to be specially formulated for polyester-type tech fabrics) before washing, and none of those seem to work. Is there anything that does?
posted by psoas
on Aug 8, 2013 -
I washed some clothes (cotton-heavy colors) and dried them, and they have dark food stains on them. Is there anything that could possibly get the stains out at this point? Ideally I'd prefer to use a spray or something easy to use, but soaking is an option if I can do it in a bin in my tub. [more inside]
posted by marble
on Jun 29, 2013 -
Had a lovely tour of an artist's studio yesterday, but noticed today that there are several large smears of white paint on one sleeve and the zipper placket of my coat. It seems I brushed up against a wet work, and then transfered it around to several other spots. I confirmed that it's oil paint, not acrylic. Fortunately, the artist is a good friend and the painting in question was not finished, so the art is safe and in good hands.
Coat is a black nylon parka from LL Bean, and a call to the help desk there confirmed that it cannot be drycleaned, nor can any sort of solvent be used on it. But - I have to try something or throw it out - it's that awful-looking. It might never be perfect - I'm looking for . . .better.
Any artists or art conservators (or perhaps dry cleaners) out there who could advise me on the best way to proceed?
posted by citygirl
on Mar 22, 2013 -
We have white carpets. They suck. Please help me use a borrowed Bissell carpet-cleaning machine to best effect. [more inside]
posted by bq
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I bought a new pair of shoes I'm super happy with, but they gave me a wicked blister and now I have a blood stain on the back of the heel. Is there any hope to get it clean? [more inside]
posted by unlapsing
on Mar 15, 2012 -
I have dried-in bloodstains in my white jeans that are still there after laundering. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them? [more inside]
posted by jlibera
on Mar 1, 2012 -
A crayon in the dryer ruined a whole load of my son's clothes. I want to keep some of them even though they are covered in crayon stains. If I wash and dry them with other non-stained clothes, will the stains (the color or the waxiness) transfer to the good clothes? [more inside]
posted by peep
on Dec 3, 2011 -
My red-on-white polka-dot dress bled in the laundry... onto itself. Is there any way to remove the pink stains while preserving the print? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Nov 4, 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 -
How can I best remove old oil stains from my concrete garage floor? [more inside]
posted by PFL
on Jul 27, 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 can I get stains (old and new) out of polyester tablecloths? I can't bleach them because they're colored, and I've tried Shout gel as well as making a paste of detergent - the stains remain.
posted by suchatreat
on Apr 8, 2011 -
How do you get brown spots out of white furniture?
We have white dresser drawers that we just bought my daughter. They are high end wood dressers from a company called Pulaski. There is some kind of laminate on it because it is very smooth. We put a CD player on top of it and on the bottom of the CD Player there are little rubber like pads on it so that it will not scratch furniture. It is a common, regular CD player and the pads look common enough. Our own clock radio in our bedroom has the same kind of rubbery pads on the bottom. So anyway, it has been very humid, and within a week of buying this expensive set, I saw brown stains in the shape of the round rubbery pads on the dresser. How do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jul 21, 2010 -
The slightest heat will make me sweat. My underarms get soaked. My deodorant isn't cutting it! What do I use? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 9, 2010 -
I don't drink coffee, tea, wine, or soda. I don't smoke, chew on markers, or neglect to brush. The stains are dark brown and are worst around the gum line where the toothbrush doesn't reach as well. [more inside]
posted by silvicolous
on Jun 30, 2010 -
Moved into a new house with light carpet everywhere. I need to become a friggin Jedi master at cleaning up stains. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by bunny hugger
on Jun 18, 2010 -
Just bought a new very light beige color sofa and would like to protect it from spills and stains. Any advice?
I've read good reviews about "scotchguard". Any tips on that?
posted by WizKid
on Jul 15, 2009 -
I know that if a Chapstick goes through the wash, it will stain my clothes, but could identical stains be indicative of a washing machine malfunction? The stains in question look just like baby-oil stains, not grease or motor-oil. The research I've done so far suggests that a washing machine seal break or leak would result in a dirtier type stain, more grease-like. We don't use any kind of fabric softener or dryer sheets, so I've ruled those out. Thanks in advance!
posted by Tim McDonough
on Jul 13, 2009 -
What's the best way to remove stains from a shirt that has been washed over and over? (And anyone from NYC ever find that their shirts come out worse after washing?) [more inside]
posted by gchucky
on Feb 12, 2009 -
How do you clean hard water rust stains from plastic and rubber? The fridge front door where you get water and ice has nasty brown stains on the rubber levers and plastic drip tray.
posted by hardbop
on Jan 25, 2009 -
When doing the wash, I refuse to mix my laundry with towels that our puppy has peed on, for fear that my clothes will somehow end up smelling like pee afterward, even if only faintly. My roommate, on the other hand, thinks this is completely irrational and that you can mix anything in the laundry because the soap and hot water get it all clean anyway. So, neutral third party, I ask you: who is in the right? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid
on Aug 14, 2008 -
I have a nice All-Clad 8" skillet in which I made a tasty grilled cheese sandwich the other night. Now, the burned butter around the edges won't come off... [more inside]
posted by kaseijin
on Sep 25, 2007 -
Any 'real' success stories with getting water/mildew stains out of an oak hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by zenpop
on Jun 30, 2007 -
Silverwarefilter: As much as I hate to waste a mefi question on this, but I feel I have to because it's driving me crazy. I have a set of stainless steel silverware and a set of cutlery also made of stainless steel (different brands/sets). We wash them in the dishwasher and they are constantly getting these orange like rust stains on them. How do I get rid of these? They can be rubbed off with some heavy scrubbing but I want the stains to stop recurring. Any ideas?
posted by wile e
on Jun 25, 2007 -
I just bought a pair of sneakers that are made with white leather that has an unfinished feel to it (not glossy, but not suede either). My jeans are leaving blue marks all over them! How to remove the blue stuff, and how to prevent it in the future? Must I absolutely avoid wearing these shoes with jeans, or is there something I could treat them with, perhaps?
posted by freudenschade
on May 29, 2007 -
Gross-ness-filter: My teeth are in pretty bad shape in terms of stains and fillings, what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 29, 2007 -
Have you seen illustrated decals that embellish laundry stains and turn them into "creatures"? [more inside]
posted by gusset
on Apr 10, 2007 -