Stain guide

Type of stain Identification Removal
Colourations Absorbed, irregular, different colours Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2
Medication Difficult because every medication stain looks different Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2 DEPRIT 3
Asphalt Dark brown to black colour, sharp edge. Stain substance built-up on textile. Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2 DEPRIT WEISS
Beer Yellowish to grey. Sharp edge, more visible under steam. Stain is stiff, odour is typical. Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1
Dispersion paint Sharp edge, stiffened, plastic Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1 + DEPRIT 2
Blood FRed to dark brown colour, sharp distinct edges, feels slightly stiff Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1, Soak old blood stains in OTTALIN ENZYM. Yellowish-green residue suggest an iron compound, treatment with DEPRIT 5, then neutralize
Soft drinks Yellow to brown colour, sharp edge, absorbed Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3 DEPRIT 5, bleach if necessary
Curry Red to yellow-brown colour Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3, bleach if necessary
Ice cream Different colours, sharp edges, stiff and absorbed Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1 DEPRIT 3 In case of dyestuff residue – bleach
Vomit For the most part large surface contamination, sour odour Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1 DEPRIT 3, afterwards bleach
Tannin stains Different colours, absorbed, black edges, fruit juices may cause fruit build-up. Light spots turn darker with time. Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3
Graphite Black-grey, metallic shiny, absorbed and built-up Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2
Grass, flowers Green to brown colour, striped Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3, For traces of colour apply either reductive or oxidative bleach
Hair dye Different colours, absorbed. Usually on collars and shoulder areas. Bleaching with reduction bleaching agent, be careful: check colour fastness!
Skin tanning agents Grey, for the most part absorbed, similar to grease stains, hardly visible. Older stains are yellow to brown Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3
Iodine Yellow to reddish-dark brown colour with yellow spreading. On fabrics containing starch blue-black, irregular edge, when fresh with typical odour Bleach with sodium thiosulphate, potassium iodide
Cocoa Red-brown colour, absorbed, black edge, slightly stiff Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1
Chewing gum Rubber like, sticky, built-up Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 4 DEPRIT 2
Adhesives Colour usually white to grey, sometimes yellowish, clear. Absorbed and built-up, hard feel, sharp edge a) Water-soluble adhesives: Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1;
b) Solvent-soluble adhesives: Pre-spotting: PRENETT C, Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2 DEPRIT 4
Lipstick Rot-nuances, stripes, smears Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2, Remaining pigments with DEPRIT 6
Mayonnaise White to yellow colour, absorbed and built-up. Grease edge slightly sticky Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2
Milk White to grey colour, absorbed, black edge, slightly stiff Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1
Nail polish Red-nuances. Partially shiny like mother-of-pearl, absorbed and built-up. Sharp edge, hard and stiff like a board Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 4 DEPRIT 2, Remaining pigments with DEPRIT 6
Perfume Light to yellow brown colour. Sharp dark edge, absorbed, typical odour Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3, Yellow stains must undergo oxidative bleaching
Rust, metal Red to brown colour mostly absorbed. Partially powder like, built-up DEPRIT 5
Chocolate Brown colour, built-up and smeared, sharp edge Pre-spotting: PRENETT C,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 2, If there are still traces of colour – bleach must be used, if necessary DEPRIT 3
Mustard Yellow colour, for the most part built-up, typical odour Pre-spotting: PRENETT A,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 3
Scorch spot Yellowish to brown colour, when moistened typical burnt odour Gentle oxidising bleach (hydrogen peroxide)
Starch White to grey, absorbed and built-up, sharp edge, stiff, lightens when scratched Pre-spotting: PRENETT B,
Post-spotting: DEPRIT 1