Stain removal is the process of removing a mark or spot left by one substance on a specific surface like a fabric. A solvent or detergent is generally used to conduct stain removal and many of these are available over the counter.
If a stain has "set", it has become chemically bonded to the material that it has stained and cannot be removed without damaging the material itself. It is therefore important to avoid setting stains that one wants to remove. This can be done by avoiding heat (by not pressing or ironing the stain), sponging stained materials as quickly as possible, using the correct solvent (some solvents will act as catalysts on certain substances and cause the stain to set more quickly), and avoiding rubbing the stain.
Stain removers contain solvents. A solvent is any fluid that dissolves another chemical. For example, water is a good solvent for dissolving salt and sugar. However, it's not a good solvent for dissolving oil or butter. Stain removers often contain alcohol which acts as a solvent for both water-based and oil-based stains.
The major trends in this market include eco-friendly stain remover products and increasing demand from developing countries. The vendors of laundry care products are coming up with the green laundry concept with the usage of more biodegradable components in the product offerings. Some of the leading eco-friendly stain remover products are Attitude Eco-Friendly Laundry Stain Remover, Citra Spot Natural Stain and Odor Remover, Everyday Stain & Odor Eliminator, and 365 Pre-Wash Stain Remover.
The stain remover product market can be segmented by product into powder, liquid, bar, and others which includes sprays, sticks, tablets, wipes, foams, packets, and gels. By application, the market can be classified into commercial and residential end-user segments. Commercial applications include laundry services, textile industry, and hospitality industry whereas residential applications include household cleaning.
The global stain remover products market offers a wide range of products having different compositions, which include different chemical components, fragrances, formats, packages, and prices. For instance, stain remover products are available in different forms, including powder, liquid, bars, sticks, and sprays.