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The Better Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains On Garments

The most common stains could be removed using kitchen and laundry items like Castile Soap, vinegar, petroleum jelly, chlorine bleach and ammonia. Be extra careful however of delicate clothings and those that are not color-fast. You can always test a spot on the inside seam or hem to see if your cleaning may have adverse effects.

The Better Ways To Remove Stubborn Stains

The most common stains could be removed using kitchen and laundry items like Castile Soap, vinegar, petroleum jelly, chlorine bleach and ammonia. Be extra careful however of delicate clothings and those that are not color-fast. You can always test a spot on the inside seam or hem to see if your cleaning may have serious results.

Here are some of the most common stains and their methods of removal:

Alcoholic Drinks

Sponge with cold water, or methylated spirits.

Ball-Point Ink

Dab with methylated spirits.

Bicycle Oil

Dab with carbon tetrachloride or proprietary cleaning fluid.

Blood

Soak in cold water. If stains are stubborn, try water and ammonia.

Butter

Ordinary washing will remove butter stains from washable fabrics. On non-washable: sponge with a small amount of any grease solvent. It will dry very quickly. As soon as it’s dry, dampen the sponge in warm water and a mild shampoo and scrub gently until the stain lifts.

Cocoa and Coffee

Dab with mixture of 1 part glycerine and 2 parts water; leave for few minutes. Stain should then wash out in normal way.

Egg

Follow instructions for blood.

Fruit Juices

Cold water may remove, if not follow instructions for cocoa and coffee.

Grass

Use methylated spirits, as for ball-point ink.

Grease or Cooking Fat

Use carbon tetrachloride or proprietary cleaning fluid.

Hair Lacquer

Dab with amyl acetate. Wash afterwards.

Ink

Soak in milk if non-washable variety. Water may remove the washable type, followed by washing.

Lipstick

Use carbon tetrachloride or proprietary cleaning fluid. If carbon tetrachloride is ineffective alone on the fabric concerned, try eucalyptus to dissolve the stain. The resulting oil stain can be removed by carbon tetrachloride (if non-washable fabric) or by soap and warm water.

Mildew

Difficult to remove. On washable material, soap and water will remove very fresh stains. Try a bleaching agent if soap and water is not effective. Remember to test for colorfastness on a hidden part of the garment. If fabric is colored, regular washing which may fade the stains is the only remedy.

Milk

Ordinary washing.  See ‘Grease.’

Mud

It will not stain if washed as soon as possible. Knock off the dried sections, then use a sponge and dishwashing liquid to remove the remaining stain and then wash the garment normally.

Nail Varnish

As in hair lacquer.

Perspiration

Pre-soak in warm water and detergent. If necessary, sponge with ammonia and water. Rinse thoroughly. If stain is old, use vinegar instead of ammonia.

Scorch Marks

Alternate applications of detergent and water and ammonia. A bad scorch mark is impossible to remove entirely. Scorch marks from an iron can be removed with a mild peroxide solution.

Shoe Polish

Dab with carbon tetrachloride or proprietary cleaning fluid.

Tar

As for shoe polish.

Tea

Follow instructions for coffee and cocoa.

(Source: FIBRES AND FABRICS; ICS, Intertext 1974)

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