stain with

stain (something) with (something)

1. Literally, to permanently ruin or alter the color of something with the application, introduction, or interaction of some substance. I swear to God—if you stain that sofa with chocolate, you will be grounded for a week! We'll need to stain the wooded decking outside with lacquer before it rains.
2. To tarnish, besmirch, or sully something due to some action, situation, occurrence, etc. She stained her bright political career with the financial scandal. My reputation has been stained with the vile calumnies of my enemies.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stain something with something

1. to cause a blemish or blotch on something with something. (Usually an accident.) Judy stained the carpet with some grape juice. You will stain your clothing with that food if you drop any of it.
2. to affect the coloring of something through the use of a chemical stain. (A purposeful act, much the same as painting.) Walter stained the house with a long-lasting reddish stain. We decided to stain the doors with a special varnish rather than paint them.
3. Fig. to injure or blemish someone's reputation. They stained his reputation with their charges. I don't want to do anything that would stain my reputation.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Flush the stain with cold water and pre-treat with liquid laundry detergent.
* Blot the stain with cold water and mild detergent, then rinse.
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Work the paste into the stain with your fingers, working from the back of the fabric/stain (this will push the stain back out rather than working it in deeper).
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And these solvents are good at removing organic material like grass stains and vegetable juices." For a more home-based approach to grass stains, sponge the stain with cool water, then work liquid detergent into the stained area.
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Lipstick: Loosen stain with cold cream or glycerine.
Lipstick: First try to remove the stain with non-flammable stain remover.