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Can these pants be saved?

Mysterious bleached spots on my favorite pair of pants: can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jul 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Prevent staining on crappy plastic laminate countertop

We just moved to a new apartment that has dead white plastic laminate countertops. I don't know if it's because they are old, or what, but they pick up stains ridiculously easily. If I splash tea or coffee on it and wipe it up instantly, it will leave a stain. If I'm peeling vegetables and any juice or peel lands off the cutting board, it leaves a stain. Let's not even talk about tomato sauce splashes. Is there anything I can do to the laminate to make it more stain resistant? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa on May 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Getting your black-and-whites back to white?

I have a lot of very yellowed white clothing. Bleach does nothing, but even if it did, some of them (specifics inside) are white + colour. How do I make them white again. [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Mar 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Laundry snafu

How would you get a beeswax / oil / zinc oxide stain out of cotton? [more inside]
posted by cairdeas on Feb 20, 2014 - 6 answers

My tub! It cannot be cleaned!

My husband and I are moving into a house soon (woo-hoo!) and want to leave our apartment spotless. This isn't an issue for any part of the place except for the bath tub! [more inside]
posted by Verdandi on Dec 27, 2013 - 28 answers

Remove demonic* rust/poop stains from toilet bowl?

How to remove rust stains etc. from very dirty toilets? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 17, 2013 - 29 answers

What are these stains on my pillow covers?

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 - 17 answers

I somehow got red wine on this rented tuxedo. Help?

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 - 10 answers

How to get sunscreen/sweat stains out of white/light technical fabric?

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 - 8 answers

Coffee without consequences

How do I drink coffee without getting stained teeth and coffee breath? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jul 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Laundry problem - any hope for food stains I already dried?

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 - 14 answers

Winter parka + oil paint - and winter's not over in the NorthEast!

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 - 18 answers

Need carpet cleaning tips

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 - 16 answers

Hel me nopt mess up my next pair of Dockers.

What is causing the mystery stain to my Dockers in the washing machine? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Sep 17, 2012 - 20 answers

Tips and tricks for using Oxiclean.

I bought a box of Oxiclean. I have a bunch of dirty clothes. Now what? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Aug 31, 2012 - 16 answers

My new shoes broke me in with a blister - how can I clean the blood stain?

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 - 3 answers

Help me save my jeans!

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 - 24 answers

How do I get dish soap out of leather?

how to get dish soap out of a leather backpack. also, :( [more inside]
posted by ameliaaah on Feb 4, 2012 - 2 answers

out out spot

What do I use to clean kool aid from carpets? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

Will crayon stained clothes ruin my other clothes?

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 - 11 answers

If you wash us, do we not bleed?

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 - 5 answers

What are these white marks around the top of my shirt?

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 - 10 answers

When you accidentally butter your deck

I have stains on my deck from some spilled butter during a BBQ. How do I get them out? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Sep 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Oil Stains on Garage Floor

How can I best remove old oil stains from my concrete garage floor? [more inside]
posted by PFL on Jul 27, 2011 - 9 answers

I may have just lost my deposit

Is there anything I can do about this relatively small stain on my hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 10, 2011 - 7 answers

This Is Why We Don't Buy White Things...

White stretch denim cotton/spandex pants. Best practices to keep them clean? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 27, 2011 - 5 answers

Help: vitamin E on new silk shirt!

I just got some vitamin E cream on my new silk shirt: what should I do? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I get stains (old and new) out of polyester tablecloths?

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 - 7 answers

removing pencil from fabric

Fairly urgent stain-removal filter. How do I get pencils marks off embroidery? [more inside]
posted by runincircles on Oct 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Getting creosote stains off car

How do I get creosote stains off a car? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon on Sep 25, 2010 - 9 answers

How do I get rid of brown spots/stains on white furniture?

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 - 6 answers

What kind of deodorant REALLY blocks sweat - STRONG sweat?

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 - 27 answers

What is staining my teeth?

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 - 19 answers

Berber-Fu

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 - 15 answers

Help my awesomely painty jeans stay that way

How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst on Mar 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Out, damned spot!

How can I clean my besmirched kindle? [more inside]
posted by fantine on Aug 14, 2009 - 10 answers

How to protect a new sofa from stains?

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 - 7 answers

Is my washer causing clear oil stains?

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 - 4 answers

Out, Out, Damn Spot

How do you remove a stain....if you don't know what the stain is? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jul 5, 2009 - 8 answers

Help me get our yellow pillowcase white again (without bleach).

Laundry Filter: Help me get our yellow pillowcase white again (without bleach). [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Jul 5, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I get dirt stains out?

How do I remove dirt stains on pants? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on May 15, 2009 - 7 answers

What's the best way to remove stains from a shirt that has been washed over and over?

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 - 10 answers

Hard water stains

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 - 10 answers

How to remove dye stains from hardwood?

Ho do I remove confetti and streamer stains from hardwood floors? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Nov 5, 2008 - 7 answers

The dirty and the not-quite-so dirty (lanudry)

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 - 39 answers

Creeping myself out.

What are these reddish brown stains on the floor of my "vintage" apartment? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Oct 19, 2007 - 12 answers

Something's burning....something's burning...(and I think it's my eggs!)

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 - 17 answers

Has anyone had any success with removing sweat / antiperspirant combo stains?

Has anyone had any success with removing sweat / antiperspirant combo stains? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Sep 8, 2007 - 17 answers

How can I remove stains from my wall?

How to remove stains on my wall? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Jul 13, 2007 - 9 answers

Removing stains from floor.

Any 'real' success stories with getting water/mildew stains out of an oak hardwood floor? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Jun 30, 2007 - 2 answers

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