Clothing Stain Removal

Learn the basics of clothing stain removal.

I will list the methods of removing certain stains from clothing, perhaps you are already familiar with some of them, if not I have helped.

First of all I might suggest if there is a spot or stain on synthetic fabric which you can't identify, or the article is valuable, I would rush this article off to a local cleaner as he would be skilled in the removal of stains.

The stains I am talking about are the common everyday stains that are spilled on clothing, etc. Quick action on removal of these stains are naturally the answer. Blot up at once and remove any remaining stain as soon as possible. The fresher the spot, the more easily it will come out. Don't wait till washday, that's for sure.

Now before you start to try to remove the stain, ask yourself the following questions:

What is the article made of- wool, cotton, linen, a synthetic, silk, etc. Does it have a finish.

What has caused the spot.

Is this a washable material, if so then your chances are good, now those fabrics that require dry cleaning are going to be difficult

Now ask yourself does the fabric have a smooth surface or a rough one, the smooth surfaces are much harder to work with.

What about the color, is it delicate, the pastels are often harder.

Is this fabric clean, if a spot is removed from a soiled fabric, the clean spot will show up more.

Did you know that about 90 percent of the spots on washable fabrics can be removed by sponging with cold water they the stains are still fresh.

Don't use a soap or a detergent on a spot unless you know it has grease in it. Don't use hot water on a spot until after you have tried cold water.

Hot water will set in a stain such as meat, eggs, or blood. Please don't even think of using a hot iron on the article until you know that the substance has been removed. Sugar solutions may not show up on wool until they are dry. When a fabric is a blend of fibers treat it like you would wool, and one with cotton like cotton.

Cotton and linen synthetics will hold up under hot water first aid, but the wool synthetics may need cool temperatures and may respond to solvents rather than water. Before using a stain removed, test the action on a concealed portion of the materials.

Actually removing stains is very simple, first, blot up excess liquid quickly with facial tissue, cloth, or paper towels; scrape off solids, using a dull knife or spatula. After solids and excess liquid are removed turn the stain face down on a blotter or absorbent surface. Now work on the back to avoid drawing stain through the fabric. Of course this isn't possible on upholstery or carpets. Start treating at outer edges of the stain, work toward the center. On small spots get out a medicine dropper or glass rod to apply any chemicals, flooding the spot may enlarge it. Blot between each application, always using a clean area of the blotter. Keep shifting to dry areas on a pad underneath the stain. Pat, don't rub, this is very important, and never leave traces of cleaning agent in the material, as it could damage the fabric. This applies to bleaches, acids and alkalis.

Check in your local store and you will find a variety of stain removal products and do follow the directions on the package for stain removals that you cannot do at home.

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