Those tiny stain remover sticks have their time and place, but the best way to clean fabric isn’t with a temporary solution—or harsh chemicals that can ruin your favorite blouse (or tablecloth, or duvet cover…). And unfortunately, you can’t just toss your couch in the laundry.
Know Your Stain
Between dinner party wine spills, grass-stained knees, or accidents on the carpet from Fido, here’s everything to know about getting stains out of any type of fabric using Garment Groom, our natural, plant-based version of a dry-cleaning solution that relies on a gentle plant-derived surfactant that won't irritate the skin.
Don't Wait: Spot Treat
First, the best way to remove a stain is to attend to it as soon as possible. The more time it’s had to set in, the harder it’ll be to remove. Now, it’s time to spot-treat.
If the stain is in a conspicuous place—that is, on the front of a blouse, or a part of your couch or carpet that’s within plain sight—make sure you test a hidden patch of fabric first. I like to spray Garment Groom directly on the stain, then let it sit for about 15-20 seconds so it can set in. Then, using a clean cloth in a similar color, blot—don’t rub!—at the stain gently, picking up as much of the stain as possible. Repeat this process if needed. (For truly awful stains, soak another cotton ball (or more, if the stain bled) in Garment Groom, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then, blot as needed.
While Garment Groom doesn’t suds up like typical soap-based stain removers, you may want to take a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth to remove any residue from the stain.
If there’s any leftover scent from the stain, know that Garment Groom works triple-duty as a fabric freshener, too. Give it a few spritzes, et voila—say farewell to the stain and the scent.