Tips on Removing Stains from Clothing

No matter what kind of stain occurs on your clothing, quick intervention can keep it from becoming a permanent part on your garment. Most stains, except of those on delicate fabrics such as silk and leather, can be easily removed with three simple steps- rinsing, blotting and laundering. Here are a few tips that will help you to clean your clothing even when the stain has been left to dry.

  1. Determine what material caused the stain (for example, whether it is grease, juice, wine, coffee or ink) since different stains require different treatments. It is important to figure out what the stain is before treating it, so you can apply the best cleaning method for it.
  2. Remove grease stains by scraping the excess solids first using the back of a butter knife. Next, turn the garment inside out and place a stack of 3 to 5 paper towels between the stain and the opposite clean side of the fabric. Pour a small amount of dish-washing liquid on the backside of the stain to loosen the grease and let it sit for about a minute. Before washing the clothing, pretreat the stained area with detergent, as advised by cleaners Rayners Lane. Make sure to launder the garment on the warmest water possible according to the fabric’s care label.
  3. Use cold water to remove stains such as wine, coffee, juice, soft drinks and tomato-based sauces. Moisten a white cloth with cold water and blot at the affected area to remove the stain. Next, cover the spot with salt and let the salt to absorb the liquid for a minute or two. Use club soda to wipe the area clean , and then wash the fabric as usual.
  4. To remove chewing gum, rub the gum with an ice cube to make it hard enough so you can scrape it off with a dull knife or kitchen spatula. Wash the fabric as normal.
  5. For ink, stretch the stained area over the top of a glass and poor rubbing alcohol slowly over the stain so the ink comes through the fabric into the glass. Rinse with cold water and launder as usual.
  6. Remove nail polish stains by firstly rubbing them off with acetone and then laundering the fabric.

For more stain removal recipes, you can always call cleaners Rainham to share some of their experience with you.

November 10, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Cleaning


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