Every single person has encountered stains, and they can be a pain in the neck to get out. However, using the correct stain removal technique can increase your chances of completely getting rid of the stain before it has time to set. It's also important to identify what type of stain it is and to use the proper method to remove it. Keep reading for the best stain removal methods for the different types of stains.

Greasy Stains: This category consists of substances such as cooking oils, butter, machine grease, etc. Sometimes these stains can be removed from washable fabrics by washing machines or hand washing. It definitely helps if you rub a little detergent directly onto the stain.
To remove greasy stains from non-washable fabrics, use a sponge and a stain removal product. Start from the center and sponge outward. This may take several applications, and you should always wait until the spot dries completely between applications. You could also use absorbent substances like cornstarch or corn meal. Dust the product on the stain (still wet), and remove once the material begins to look caked. Remove either by shaking or brushing.

Nongreasy Stains: This category consists of substances such as tea, coffee, food coloring, ink, etc. For washable fabrics, try to sponge the stain as soon as possible with cool water. If that doesn't do the trick, try soaking it in cool water. You may need to soak the item overnight. If it still persists, try rubbing liquid detergent into it and rinse with cool water. The last option is bleach, but that can ruin some fabrics so be VERY careful.
For nongreasy stains on nonwashabe fabrics, you can also sponge with cool water. You could also try flushing the area with water by using a misting spary or eye dropper. You have to control the amount of water, though, to avoid spreading the stain.

Combination Stains: This consists of coffee with cream, salad dressings, lipstick, etc. These stains may require double treatment to address both greasy and nongreasy elements. The first step is to sponge the area with cool water, then work liquid detergent into the area and rinse thoroughly. After the fabric has dried, apply the dry-cleaning fluid to any remaining greasy portions.

Hopefully this information can save your fabrics from stains in the future!