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Stain Chart

Martha Stewart Living Television

The best defense against stains is information -- knowing how to attack a particular spot before it sets permanently into the fabric. Since there are so many kinds of stains, each with its own best cleaning method, it's difficult to memorize them all. That's where this convenient "first aid" chart comes in: It's a comprehensive listing of stains, from grease to ink, along with advice on how to handle them for both washable and nonwashable items. Martha laminated her chart and hung it on the wall in her laundry room, where she refers to it whenever she needs to. You can download the chart and print it out. Your local copy shop will be able to laminate the chart for you.

Stain First Aid Chart

Comments (13)

  • Candeekissez 14 Aug, 2014

    peggy** at the bottom of the article, in different color letters it says "stain chart" click on that and it will download the chart.

  • Peggynewt 28 Aug, 2012

    I would love to find the stain removal chart that others seem to be able to print. All I get is the video. HELP I know it would be useful if I could find it.
    Please tutor me.

  • bdavblank 29 Oct, 2010

    Thanks SO Much for providing this printable resource! I love it and appreciate not having to type my own to hang! Blessings to you!

  • GlamourChic 17 Aug, 2009

    This would be great to have as part of an iPhone app!

  • moj400 16 Aug, 2009

    I have heard that household ammonia works on perspriration stains.

  • jbendick 16 Aug, 2009

    How do you remove perspiration stains?

  • jbendick 16 Aug, 2009

    How do you remove water stains on a lamp shade?

  • maraphil 15 Aug, 2009

    Is cat pee a protein stain?

  • maraphil 15 Aug, 2009

    Is cat pee a protein stain?

  • chefette86 15 Aug, 2009

    Thank you grogghome, that link is very helpful, I always wondered exactly what all those symbols mean! I printed out the pdf.

  • grogghome 15 Aug, 2009

    For a chart of laundry care symbols, check out:

  • mpmapa 20 Nov, 2008

    would you have a laundry care symbols chart?

  • sandra623 29 Mar, 2008

    I wish I had this chart years ago. It would have saved so much clothes from being ruined. This has been a great tool for me everyday.