Despite recent years’ impressive advancements in washing technology, it seems like the stains are still inevitable for us all. They are often frustrating and they can mean the end of one of your favorite items of clothing or even your bedding range.
Fortunately for you, there are some ways to remove even the most stubborn of stains. Here’s a great way to start:
Treat Stains At Home
Old myths will tell you to treat stains on the spot with club soda. However, the proper way to treat stains is to wait until you get home and use the appropriate products. Add stain remover to the affected area and use a brush or finger to work it into the fabric. Let the item soak in cool to warm water for up to 30 minutes, then launder as usual.
A stain can appear to have gone when you remove the item from the washing machine but reappear later when the item is dried. To avoid this happening it’s a good idea to air dry your clothes only, at least until you’re sure that the stain is completely gone.
As well as avoiding the dryer it’s a good idea to avoid ironing the item until you’re sure the stain has gone.
Use The Dry Cleaner
If you have a stain and it’s a delicate item then you shouldn’t chance to try to remove the stain yourself. If the item is important to you then take it to your local dry-cleaners that specialize in stain removal. They’ll have plenty of tips and techniques to remove the stain properly for you.
If you’ve found a new product to try you should always test it on a small area where it won’t be noticed. This will help to ensure it won’t affect the color or texture of the clothing. In fact, doing this can help to save your item instead of ruining it by using the wrong stain remover.
Check Out How To Deal With The Following Stains
There are some stains you’re almost certain to face during your life, here’s how to deal with the most common ones:
Bloodstains can be really difficult to remove and hopefully not one you’ll have to deal with often. Hydrogen peroxide is your best friend in this situation. Pour a tablespoon on the stain and then cover it with table salt.
Leave it like this for 30 minutes then brush the salt off and wash it in cold water.
These can happen at any time, especially as the weather starts to warm up. The best way to get rid of these is to pre-soak the item in a bowl of water with two tablespoons of OxiClean.
It’s best to leave it to soak overnight and then, once the stain has vanished, wash it on a hot wash.
Chocolate manages to adhere to almost anything. But, the good news is that you need to allow it to dry and then it will simply scrape off. You can speed this process up by putting the item in the freezer.
You can then wash it as normal with a spot of dish soap applied directly to the chocolate spot.