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Stain Guide | Washable Fabrics | General Stain Guide

Stain Guide for Washable Fabrics

GENERAL RULES FOR STAIN TREATMENT

General Stain Guideline

  • Treat stains promptly. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. If the stain is on a nonwashable fabric, take it to the dry cleaner as soon as possible, and describe the nature of the stain and the fiber content of the garment.
  • Read and carefully follow package directions when using any stain removal product.
  • Always test stain removers on an inside seam or other hidden part of garment for color fastness. To test, apply product and let stand 2-5 minutes, then rinse. If color changes, do not use product on garment.
  • When using a bleach, do not try to bleach just one area of garment; bleach the entire garment to prevent uneven color removal.
  • When treating, place stained area face down on a clean paper towel or white cloth. Apply stain remover to the underside of the stain, forcing stain off the fabric surface instead of through it.
  • Never put chemical dry-cleaning solvents directly into washer.
  • Thoroughly rinse and air dry areas treated with dry-cleaning solvents before placing in washer, to avoid a fire.
  • Do not mix stain removal products together. Some mixtures, such as ammonia and chlorine bleach, can produce noxious fumes.
  • Always launder washable items after treating to remove residues of the stain and the stain remover.
  • Have patience; it takes a little extra time and effort to remove some stains.
  • Remember, some stains cannot be removed.

Definitions

Detergent - all-purpose synthetic detergent (liquid or powder). Use liquid detergent full strength; mix powder with water to form a paste when working into stain.

Dry-Cleaning Solvent - stain and spot removers available at grocery and hardware stores. A nonflammable type is safest to use.

Stain Stick - an enzyme-based cleaner available at grocery and discount stores. Most effective on food, grease, oil, protein, and dirt-based stains and can be used on any fabric and color. It can remain on fabric for up to one week.

References:
Stain Removal Chart, Soap and Detergent Association, 1991;
Extension Service of Mississippi State University, Publication 1400;
Cooperative Extension Service Iowa State University, Quick 'n Easy Stain Removal, Pm-858, 1986.

 


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