Whether you are old or young, clothing has a way of getting stained. Just look at how a toddler can stain his top even when he’s wearing a bib. And for some reason foods that cause the worst stains are the same foods that always seem to fall off your fork.
Below we have some top tips on how to remove the most common types of stains that you will encounter.
A Word About Fabrics First
Before looking at individual stains it is important to note that different fabrics should be treated in different ways. For example, cotton is a reasonably durable fabric that can handle a number of common stain removal techniques without getting damaged. Wool, on the other hand, is much more delicate so it needs special care and the use of specialist cleaning materials.
A good rule of thumb is to always check the care label of the item that you plan to clean before bringing it to the laundromat. This will ensure you have the right detergent, that you know the type of wash that is required, and that you have prepared properly.
Cleaning Grass Stains
If you have children, or you are involved in an outdoor sport, grass stains are inevitable. One simple way to get rid of them is to use a toothbrush, plain paste-type toothpaste, and water. Put a small amount of toothpaste on the stain, wet the toothbrush, and scrub. Once the stain is removed you can add the item to your pile for the next trip to the laundromat, after which it will look as good as new.
Cleaning Blood Stains
Another common type of stain is blood stains. In this situation the quicker you can start cleaning, the better. Always use cold water when you are working the stain out. One tip is to make a paste with salt and water and use that to rub onto the stain.
Cleaning Butter Stains (And Other Grease Stains)
Butter is often used in cooking, and it ends up on clothing more than it should. One way to remove butter stains is to rub in some dishwashing detergent. This helps to break down the grease. You can also use normal hand soap or even vinegar. If you are using vinegar, use lighter smelling white vinegar, rinse, and then bring to the laundromat for your normal wash. When the process is complete, the stain should be gone.
Cleaning Collar Stains
Collar stains are annoying, but here is a simple tip that will get rid of them cheaply and easily - use shampoo. Just rub some normal shampoo into the affected area and work it in before rinsing. Bring it to the laundromat as usual, and your collar should be back to normal.
Cleaning Ink Stains
Ink stains are another common feature, particularly for families. To remove them you will need an alcohol-based solution. Methylated spirits works, but you can also use hairspray. Soak the affected area with the hairspray, and then dab at the stain with a cloth until the ink disappears. After that you should wash it as normal.