If you read our previous article (if you do not read it yet you can find it here: Stain removing) you already know how to wash the cloths depending on their fabric and how to use an appropriate stain remover. In this article you will find out how to wash the stained cloths in a right way and how to deal with the most common stains.
2. Use the appropriate cleaning method for stain removing.
You have to know that if you use the right product but apply the wrong way you can make the stain set worse or damage the clothes.
You can get better results if you use a series of steps designed specifically to draw the stain out of the fabric and into something else:
- Dab the stain with watered towel immediately while you are still wearing the cloth. You already know this, but it is good to be repeated. Always soak the stain into warm water as soon as possible.
- After removing the garment, re-wet the stain and apply an absorbent. Using salt is the cheapest and most common absorbent. Also if you have you can use talcum or cornstarch powder. With them will reach a similar effect. After treated with absorbent let the cloth sit for 10 or 15 minutes, then grind the mass of the absorbent off and rinse with water.
- Apply proper detergent gently to the back of the weave, underneath the stain. Soak through and drive the stain back toward the surfaces, not deep into the cloth.
- Lay the cloth face down on a clean paper towel. The paper towel act like an absorbent. The solution which is made from the stain contents and water will soak into the towel. Doing this you may not see the stain yet, but it is still in the cloth.
- Let the garment lie face down on the paper tissue. You have to know also that different detergents have different working times, so give it enough time to work. Rinse the cloth before the detergent dry completely. If you do not want to end up with bigger but light-coloured stain than before, just keep an eye on the cloth.
- Final water rinse to remove the solvent and the stain as well. Just launder the cloth normally before it dries completely. Using washing machine is a better way to get rid of the stain totally. If you want you can use and dryer.
Most Common Stains and How to Treat Them
- Blood: First, you have to rinse the spot immediately with water. If you can, immerse the cloth in warm water with appropriate detergent and let soak for a few minutes. After that treat the spot with digestant if you have or with salt or household ammonia. Then launder normally.
- Cooking oil/Butter: To deal with this spots you have to rinse it with warn water immediately. For the best result treat the spot with stick or spray pre-treatment. If it is not available, just soak the cloth with detergent. If the spot persists, use bleach but before that look at the cloth’s label to check if you can apply bleach on it. Launder normally.
- Coffee: Soak with lukewarm water. Apply detergent over the spot, but if it is not available use vinegar. Let soak for few minutes and then launder in hot water. For coffee spot use liquid detergent because if you use bar or powder soap, you can set the spot.
- Sweat/Armpit Stains and Collar Yellowing : This kind of spots could be removed only by laundering with appropriate detergent. In cases of persistent spot, apply salt or enzyme cleaner over the spot and let to soak for 10-15 minutes. If it does not remove the spot, use bleach but only for white cloths.
- Tomato-Based: First, remove the excess paste or sauce or soup. Then dab the spot with detergent and leave for few minutes. After this, rinse the cloth with cold water and launder normally.
- Machine oil or grease: Again, the first thing which you have to do is to rinse the spot with warm water. Then dab the cloth with detergent directly, but for better result use a heavy-duty detergent. Launder normally.
- Wine: Salt the spot and leave for a while. Then rinse the salt out and apply glycerin or detergent gently (Do not use bar or flake soap, because they can set the spot). Launder normally.