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Stain Buster — Ketchup

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Fabric

1. Working from the back of the stain, flush with cold water.

2. Pretreat with a liquid laundry detergent, tamp the stain, and let stand for several minutes.

3. Rinse well.

4. Sponge with white vinegar.

5. Rinse well.

6. Repeat Steps 2 to 5 until you have removed as much of the stain as possible.

7. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, and then launder.

8. If the stain remains, rub with a liquid laundry detergent, and then soak in warm water for up to 30 minutes.

9. Launder again, with bleach, if necessary.


Upholstery

1. Sponge with cool water.

2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of cool water.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

4. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears.

6. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.


Carpet

1. Sponge with cool water.

2. Mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent with two cups of warm water.

3. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent solution.

4. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

6. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) with 1/2 cup of warm water.

7. Sponge the stain with the ammonia solution.

8. Blot until the liquid is absorbed.

9. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.


For more on stain removal, see Good Housekeeping's Stain Rescue

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