Friday, 17 September 2010

Top 7 Stains And How to Remove Them

The wonders of new detergents mean that a lot of stains that word previously have needed special attention magically disappear in the wash. The more stubborn varieties of stains may need several washes or a pre-soak in a solution of detergent (make sure tha the detergent is dissolved properly ) or an application of neat detergent on the affected area. Even if you don't use it normally keep some biological washing detergent emergencies. Treatment will be more effective if you take immediate action diluting the stain with water - preferably with bubbles.

Stain Reaction

  1. Tea and Coffee - rinse out the worst and wash immediately
  2. Red Wine - dilute with white wine or water and wash as soon as possible
  3. Blood - apply neat biological laundry detergent and leave for a while before washing.
  4. Red Fruit - if you have a steady hand stretch the stained area over a bucket or bow! and pour on boiling water from a great hight, then soak in 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water.Otherwise use biological detergent and hope it fades over time.
  5. Curry - a tricky but the yellow turmeric stain(the main culprit) can be treated by rubbing by methylated spirit on a clean cloth before washing. It may take some times to fadebut will be helped by exposure to sunlight.
  6. Lipstick - if bio-detergent doesn't work use a proprietary stain remover.
  7. Wax - put the item in the freezer overnight (for a big item put a freezer pack on the affected area). Chip off excess wax then place the fabric (wax side down) between two pieces of kitchen towel and apply a warm iron. If some wax remains rub in a little vegetable oil allow to sit for 10-15 min and blot before washing.


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