Types of Fabric Stains

Let’s face it. No matter how hard we try to avoid it, stains and messes will always be a part of our lives.

From cooking or playing or even just finding a leaky pen on your front pocket, everyone stains their clothes from time to time. It can be very annoying and inconvenient, even more so if you can’t get the stain out right away. Who wants to waste money by throwing away an item just because you couldn’t remove a particular stain?


The key to saving your clothes and your money is to learn how to deal with stains immediately and in the right way. It’s important to know that different types of fabric stains have to be removed differently. Doing so will make removing the stain easier and keep it from staining your fabrics permanently.

Listed below are the different types of fabric stains that are commonly dealt with:

1. Oil

Oil-based laundry stains come from animal oil, plant oil, and even automotive oil. Some of these oil stains include cooking items like cooking oil, butter, mayonnaise, and salad dressings, and even cosmetics like hand lotion and deodorant.

2. Protein

Protein stains come from animal-based products. These stains are caused by food items like eggs and dairy products (milk, ice cream) and gelatine. They can also come from urine, blood, vomit, feces, mud, and even white school glue.

3. Tannin

Tannin stains come from beverages like beer, wine, coffee, tea, sodas, and fruit juices. It can also include inks from pens and markers.

4. Dye

Dye stains include children’s juice drinks, jelly, felt-tip markers, mustard, and even grass.

5. Combination

Just as the name suggests, combination stains are made up of more than just one type of stain. Combination stains are caused by things like crayons, ketchup, tomato sauce, floor wax, chocolate and candle wax.

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