TIPS for effective stain removal
6 Basic rules for stain removal
Attend to stains as soon as possible, much more likelihood of success when it’s fresh, as opposed to 24 hours old or more.
When tackling a stain, always start with cold water especially on stains of unknown origin. Hot water sets protein stains like milk, egg or blood, cooking the protein into the fibres. Hot water is fine for oily stains like butter.
Flush the stain from the inside of the fabric to push the stain out of the fibres.
Treat stains from outside in.
Dab stains on delicate fabrics, do not rub or brush.
Test the colour fastness on a small hidden area before treating the stain.
Products for stain removal
Stain Removal Spray especially good for delicate fabrics.
Bleach Complex and Stain Remover 450g and 5kg An incredibly effective product, completely FREE from any petrochemical bleaching agents It’s effective in the washing machine from 50°C + however if it can act for longer, e.g. having the laundry soak overnight in Bleach Complex, it’s effective from 30°C. Removes all oxidisable stains such as fruit, red wine, tea, coffee, grass, blood, etc. Prevents greying of white fabrics. Brightens yellowed and greyish laundry.
Types of stains and specific treatments
Fruit, grass and vegetable stains
Fat, oil and grease stains
Apply some undiluted Orange Power Cleaner, leave for a few minutes and then wash out. This is ideal for removing grease stains on delicate garments. Alternatively treat with Gall Soap/Gall Soap Liquid or Stain Removal Spray, see above.
Pen and ink
Milk, blood and egg-white stains
Coffee and tea stains
Pre-treat the stain with lemon juice or Laundry Rinse, rinse thoroughly and then wash as normal. Light fabrics can be washed as normal with Bleach Complex and Stain Remover 50°C, without any pre-treatment.
Cocoa and chocolate stains
Spray on Stain Removal Spray and leave on to be effective for 10 minutes, then rinse or put garment straight into the washing machine.
Place blotting paper on the wax and carefully warm with a hair-dryer. Remove the remaining wax with a solvent. Be careful with using a hot iron as the wax liquefies too quickly and can become fixed to the fibres.