Best ways to remove stains from garments

Best ways to remove stains from garments

You pull your favorite shirt from the closet and notice a blue ink stain where the pocket protector used to be!  What do you?

Getting stains out of your favorite garment is easy if you know exactly what to do and act quickly. The longer a stain goes untreated, the more difficult it is to get out. By following a few simple rules, your stains will become history:

*Before you treat a stain, check the label of the garment to see what it is made of and read the instructions on the label carefully before treating it.

*Test an inconspicuous area of the garment first to make sure the color won’t be affected.

*Avoid rubbing or scrubbing too hard as it may set the stain or fray the fibers (this is especially true of delicate fabrics).

*Make sure you have a white towel on hand for white fabrics and a black towel on hand for darker fabrics to use as a blotter.

*For garments made of suede, leather or silk, be sure to check with your dry cleaners first for specific instructions.

Grass Stains: Flush the entire stain with rubbing alcohol (at least 70%), rinse with water, and then apply liquid dish soap and rinse. For carpet and upholstery, apply liquid detergent directly on the stain and let it sit for at least two hours. Remove the detergent with a damp towel, using the blotting technique, not rubbing.

Ink: Place a white towel underneath the garment to absorb the extra ink. Saturate the stain with rubbing alcohol, and rinse thoroughly with tepid water. Let air dry.

Chocolate: Soak in cold water. If stain remains, dab with detergent.

Red Wine: For clothing and linens, gently dab the stain with a white towel soaked in club soda, letting it saturate the area.  Launder as usual with laundry detergent.

Fruit Juice: For clothing and linen, pour boiling water over the stain and warm water for more delicate fabrics.

Urine:  Soak garment in a solution of distilled white vinegar and hot water (cold water for delicate fabrics) for 30 minutes. Rinse and then launder.

For many stains besides those listed above, distilled white vinegar works well but first test in an inconspicuous area first. Dot on with a Q-Tip if it is a small stain and use a solution of one-part distilled vinegar and one-part warm water for larger stains. Coming clean is not as hard as you think!


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