A-Z of stain removal tips

A – Always check the fabric care label to ensure the suitability of the garment before using any of the treatments. 

B – Baby food: Soak in warm water containing washing detergent for at least 2 hours, then was as instructed on the fabric care label. 

Blood: If the stain is fresh, rinse immediately with cold water and wash according to the care label.

Ball point pens/felt tips: Soak overnight in cold water with detergent. Then was according to the label. For older stains, dab with nail varnish remover (not suitable for synthetic fabrics) then was as normal.

C – Chocolate/milk/jam/egg/chocolate pudding: Soak in warm water containing detergent and then wash as normal according to the lable.

Curry: Soak in warm water containing detergent then wash according to the label.

Collars, cuffs, underwear stains: Pre-treat with stain treatement and leave for 1 hour. Then wash according to the label.

G – Grass/mud: In case of mud, dry and then scrape off as much as possible. Pre-treat the remainder with detergent, then was a normal on the hottest temperature allowed on the fabric care label.

I – Iron mould/rust: This is difficult to remove from fine fabrics (eg, wool, silk). For other fabrics, sprinkle on salt and squeeze on lemon juice then leave overnight before washing as normal. For heavier stains, use a rust remover then was as normal according to the label.

M – Mustard: Soak in warm water containing detergent. Then wash according to the label.

N – Nail varnish: Use nail varnish remover/acetone (don’t use this on synthetic fabrics). Then wash the garment as instructed on the fabric care label. 

P – Paint: To tackle water based latex, acrylic, emulsion and school paints, rinse stains while they are still wet using running water, then wash according to the label. To tackle oil based paint varnish, sponge white spirit or proprietary paint brush cleaner before washing according to the fabric. 

T – Tomato ketchup/ sauce: Soak for 1 hour in cold water and then wash as normal according to the label.

U – Urine: Soak in cold water, and then wash according to the label.

V – Vomit: Remove as much as possible under cold running water. Soak in water containing detergent.

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