Clothing Stain Removal Tips

Follow these clothing stain removal tips to guide you on your quest to remove clothing stains. Clothing stain removal is always easier when the stains are fresh.

But sometimes stains sneak in under the radar screen. These you need to address before washing. If you let them pass through a washing cycle (or the tumble dryer), the stains may become permanent.

If you treat them beforehand with the right stain removal solution, however, you stand a good chance of removing clothing stains for good.

Below are general steps which you should follow when attempting to remove clothing stains. For advice on how to remove specific stains from clothes see Stain Removal from Clothes A-Z.

Clothing stain removalWith clothing stain removal, one of the advantages you have (apart from the fact that you can machine-wash) is that you have access to both sides of the stain. Pretreatment often consists of pushing the stain out from the back of the clothing item.

1. Remove as much of the stain-causing material as possible by blotting with paper towels or scraping with a dull knife.

2. Pretreat the stain by soaking or applying a cleaning solution. It helps to lightly agitate the fabric being soaked or to gently rub together the stained fabric with your hands.

3. Launder in your washing machine according to the instructions on the fabric’s care label.

4. If necessary, repeat the preceding steps to remove clothing stains, possibly using a stronger cleaning solution.

Here are a few general tips for pretreating clothes with certain stains.

Soak protein stains in cold water. These include egg, milk, feces, urine, blood and the like. Soak for half an hour. Run the stain under cold water, gently rubbing the fabric together with your hands to loosen the stain. Avoid warm or hot water, which can cook the proteins, setting the stain permanently.

Pretreat oil and grease stains with liquid laundry detergent or pretreatment spray. Apply the detergent or spray directly to the stain. See Commercial Stain Remover A-Z for a list of recommended products.

Soak tannin stains (coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruit jam) for a half hour in a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent (preferably one containing enzymes) per 2 liters warm water. Do not use soap or a soap-based product. Soap can make the tannin stain harder to remove.

After washing, check to see whether the stain is gone. If it isn’t, do not dry. Try again to remove the stain and then repeat washing.

I hope these tips lead you to clothing stain removal success!

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