5 steps to effectively remove stains from clothing
You're getting ready for work, eating breakfast and sending a quick email on your phone when you glance in the mirror and see you've got marmite down your white blouse.
We've all done it. From ketchup to oil, it always seems to happen on your favourite jeans or top. So what should you do when you stain your clothes? Try these 5 simple steps to remove a stain safely and effectively.
Step One - Act fast
If you can, the best thing to do is to act straight away. The longer the stain has to sink into the fibres the more difficult it will be to remove later in the day.
Step Two - What kind of stain is it?
The second thing you need to do is determine what kind of stain you're dealing with. You can fit most stains into two different categories oil based and non oil based - you wouldn't treat a ketchup stain the same as an oil based make up stain.
If it's not oily dab off any excess and rinse under cold water. Dab being the most important word here! Do not rub the stain as you'll make things 10 times worse!
If it's oily then dab the excess off but don't rise, skip straight to the next step.
Step Three - Apply a stain remover
Unless you've been living under a rock, everyone has probably heard of vanish by now! You don't have to spend big, there are hundreds of stain removers on the market - some made only for specific materials or specific stain matter (oily or non oily). Always check your material first and follow the instructions on the stain remover. If you don't have stain remover to hand you can usually make some pretty useful concoctions with items from your home such as baking soda. Here's a link to a great blog on home-made cleaners.
Step Four - Pop it in the washing machine
Once you've treated your garment with the stain remover and soaked/waited as per the instructions, pop it into your washing machine. White garments tend to cope better at higher temperatures however always check the label first - there should be a number inside a laundry basket symbol. This is your recommended maximum washing temperature.
If at first you don't succeed, try and try again. We recommend trying once more however if it didn't come out the first time skip to step 5.
Step 5 - Take it to the professionals
If the stain didn't come out in the earlier steps do.not.panic. Your local laundry service should be able to have a go. Don't pin all your hopes on their magic and chemicals - although they'll probably have professional grade cleaning stuff that you can't buy at B & M or Home Bargains, sometimes there are just some stains that stick. A great excuse for some new clothes right?!
If you have a stain that won't budge or you don't even want to attempt to sort it out at home, bring it to us and we'll do our best with our magic (chemicals) and attempt to improve or remove the stain.