How to Clean Winter Stains

Before Jack Frost comes nipping at your nose, it’s best to stay prepared with boots, a snow shovel and an ice remover to keep your sidewalks and driveway safe. It also might not be a bad idea to stock up on a cleaning product or two in case the inevitable winter stain tags along for the ride.

Whether you’re building a snowman or shoveling the driveway, salt, slush and snowy weather can leave your clothes and shoes —and thus your carpets —looking less than stellar. Here’s how to get rid of some of the most notable winter stains:

1. Salt on carpets or clothing

Act fast. When a salt stain is fresh in fabrics, it’s relatively easy to remove. But if left on fabrics for an extended period of time, salt can weaken fabrics and age them quickly. If salt is tracked onto your carpet, it’s best to vacuum immediately. After that, we recommend using Bac-Out Stain + Odor Remover. Just saturate the affected area with Bac-Out, let it sit for at least 5 minutes, and blot with a rag. If it’s extra dirty, you can redo the process over a few times. But that’s it. Removing a salt stain is easy.

2. Hot chocolate stains on clothes

Who doesn’t love a little Hot Cocoa on a cold day? The only time it’s ever not good is when you spill a little on your clothes. But that’s OK, Bac-Out has your back. Bac-Out uses a unique blend of live enzyme cultures to breakdown and absorb organic material. It's a more natural way to remove stains like coffee or wine —or that venti mocha we all love to spill in our car.

3. Blood on winter gear

High altitude and dry air go hand-in-hand with skiing and snowboarding. Unfortunately, the combination of high altitude and dry air can cause nosebleeds. Whether you’re a ripper, a shredder or a complete snow-sport newbie, there’s no point in getting riled up over a little blood on your dope-looking gear. Bac-Out Stain + Odor Remover can help with that, too.

Bac-Out’s bio-enzymatic cleaning power can remove blood from fabrics. Just remember to follow the instructions and repeat as necessary. Stay safe on those slopes, kids!

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