We’ve been removing stains wrong and making the same big mistake

It turns out, there's a correct way to remove a spillage to prevent stains – and we've all been doing it wrong.

Knocking something over or spilling a drink is easily done and while many of us may reach for a cloth and run it under the hot tap to tackle an impending stain, this is actually a big mistake.

Hot water can set some stains, especially if they're protein based like blood, making them permanent and leaving many fabrics and soft furnishings ruined.

You should never use warm or hot water to clean a spill.

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Instead, opt for cold water.

This will offer a better chance of removing a stain and leaving your fabrics unmarred.

Surprisingly, soap should also be avoided when tackling a potential stain.

A bar of soap, as well as detergents containing soap and soap flakes, can also lead to stains setting, particularly if the spillage is made of a strong pigment like red wine and tea or coffee.

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You should rinse the area with cold water first before tackling it with soap based products.

If you're prone to spilling a glass of red wine or a beloved cup of tea, you should never use salt to try and remove the spill.

Though many people believe it to be in ingenious hack, salt will set the stain permanently.

The best way to get rid is to rinse the stained area with cold water and use a stain remover like Wine No More.

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Another common error many of us make is rubbing at a spillage.

This leads to the substance being worked deeper into the affected area it has spilled on and makes it tougher to remove and more likely to remain permanent.

Rubbing can also damage fabrics and lead to the material becoming frayed or bobbly.

Instead, simply dab at the spill to lift it out and prevent it from being overworked.