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The Top 5 worst clothing stains (and how to remove them!)

30th June 2016   /    blogs   /    no comments

Are you clumsy? Do you have a knack for getting something on virtually every piece of clothing you own? Whether it’s something you’re trying to put into your mouth or just putting on too much deodorant in a hurry, it’s always something. Over the years, we’ve learned that people are prone to accidents, such as covering themselves in Coca Cola, which could slowly eat away at your brand new outfit; but just because you haven’t restocked your supply of stain remover, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a stain-fighting champion!

I’m sure the tag of your favourite jumper has already informed you of what to do in a stain emergency, but just in case, here’s a reminder of what to do in order to best preserve your clothing’s wonderful condition:

  • Act ASAP.
  • To ensure it is safe on the fabric, always use a test area when applying any stain remover.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, put the item into the dryer until the stain is completely removed, otherwise it never will be. This is down to the heat drying the stain, which makes it much harder to fully remove.

Here are some top tips for the main culprits when dealing with stained clothing:

  1. Red Wine
    Next time you spill red wine on yourself, throw some white wine on there. This may sound like a tragic waste of good wine but the white wine will neutralize the stain and it will disappear. Then just put it in the laundry! Alternatively, if white wine’s as sparse as Brussels sprouts in your kitchen, then blot the stain with baking soda or coarse salt to soak it up.
  2. Coffee
    For those of you who practically need it to survive the workday, coffee is more than likely to get on something. Next time you drench your blouse in latte, combine cold water, powdered detergent and white vinegar in a bowl. Mix until it’s roughly the consistency of toothpaste and then apply it to the stain in a circular motion. Then, rinse under cold water and apply a small amount of detergent to the stain again before putting it through the wash.
  3. Deodorant/Perspiration
    Squeeze the juice from a lemon, and mix with an equal amount of water before saturating the stain. You should then leave the garment in the sun; together you have quite the green stain fighting team! If that doesn’t do the trick, crush two aspirins and dissolve in half a cup of water. After doing this, pour the mixture onto the stain, leave it for two hours and then add a drop of liquid detergent before rubbing it and putting it in the wash.
  4. Ink
    There’s nothing worse than a pocket destroyed by a sea of black ink, but there is hope! Place the garment and the stained area directly onto a clean towel, to prevent the ink from getting anywhere else. Then, add alcohol or nail varnish remover to another clean towel and begin to rub the garment. As you rub, the ink will transfer onto the towel so ensure that you monitor it and only use clean sections of towel in order to make sure the ink doesn’t get back onto your garment.
  5. Grass
    If you didn’t catch the grass stain quick enough (you can blot it out with a sponge and water if caught in time), you can use a combination of white vinegar and baking soda (like the coffee stain). Rub onto the grass stained area and leave for half an hour, then wash. If the situation is really serious, you can also use a window cleaning solution to soak the stain, let it sit for an hour and then wash.

There you have it, the top 5 unwanted culprits that you’d rather do without and how to tackle them. For the busy professionals amongst you, you may like to try our shirt cleaning service, and instead spend your free time doing something relaxing rather than vigorously cleaning that cappuccino stain out of your favourite jacket.

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