The Go To Cures For Hard To Remove Stains
What happened to the leopard that fell in the washing machine?
He came out spotless.
What happened to the stained brand new t-shirt that fell in the washing machine?
It came out with the stain still on it.
Unfortunately this seems to be an all too familiar story for items in our wardrobes, especially those that are made up of the lighter colours on the colour wheel. Time and time again we find that an extremely hard to remove stain has buried itself into a shirt or t-shirt and it is not willing to move regardless of the methods we try.
What tends to be even more frustrating is that 90% of the time these prized items of clothing are brand new and they soon find themselves becoming the next household rag.
We have found some excellent clothing care techniques to help you remove any of those extra tough stains.
Timing is of the Essence
The most valuable piece of information I can give you is that timing is of the essence. The quicker you tend to a stain the more chance you have of successful removal. The longer a stain sits on an item of clothing, the more permanent it becomes. Therefore, if it is at all possible, attend to the stain right away and I can almost guarantee you will have 100% success.
Unfortunately, we tend to find most of our stains appear the next morning. If that is the case then we urge you to read on.
Many liquid detergents and stain removers have become extremely effective in the battle against the stain army and will provide a valiant attack on any tough stain. The trick is to pour detergent directly on to the stain and allow it to soak into the garment for up to 10 minutes. If possible you can work the detergent into the item of clothing for a deeper cleanse. After you have completed this step wash the item of clothing as directed on the label and you should be in the clear.
Many food and drink stains will be water based (Tea, Coffee, Wine etc). These types of stains are full of acids and should lift from the surface of your shirt with the application of white vinegar. Blot the affected area with white vinegar and use a paper towel to remove the top layer of colour. Next blot the area with dye-free dishwashing detergent and rinse clean. Repeat this a couple of times to slowly remove the stain and then wash as normal.
Oil based stains such as food grease; paint and cosmetics tend to harden slightly differently and therefore will need some special attention. To remove these stains you will need to attack the layer of oil first before the stain will come out. Using specific dry solvents will work, but you need to be careful as they can harm some fabrics. Use nail polish remover or a paint solvent to remove the stains and then wash the garment as usual. Dry cleaning agents respond particularly well to food grease.
The last resort for set in stains is to use a bleach wash. Once again, bleach can damage the finer materials used in clothing so you have to be extra careful. Be aware that silk and wool willdissolve in chlorine bleach. Add one part chlorine bleach to five parts water and test on an inconspicuous area of your clothing, if the colour does not change then your item is suitable for a bleach wash.
Sadly, there are some stains that are just destined to remain on our loved items and in rare cases no matter what you try they are just not going to disappear. In these instances it is important that you replenish your wardrobe to keep your game strong for every occasion. Take a look at our best bits below.
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