When you love to cook, it's inevitable: things are going to get stained. What you can control, however, is how you handle them -- and whether they stick around.

First things first: Identify the stain being treated. Stains can be divided into three main categories: tannin stains, grease/oil stains, and protein/blood stains. Once you’ve identified the type of stain being treated, use the appropriate technique recommended per fabric/material. We've rounded up our stain-fighting strategies below.

Check out the slideshow above to learn how to remove food stains.

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This article originally appeared on Food52.com: How to Remove Food Stains.

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