Garment Love: How to Remove Stains
Spring time means more parties and company outings… which also means more stains. We’ve survived Cinco de Mayo, now it’s time to battle birthdays, Independence Day, weddings and Memorial Day! Here are some tips for removing common stains from your shirts and uniforms alike:
The Birthday Chocolate Bash
It’s practically inevitable when at a birthday party one will indulge in some chocolatey goodness. Whether that be chocolate cake, ice cream or candy, here is how to save that birthday party go-to outfit:
- Immediately, when the stain strikes, wipe off any excess chocolate you can.
- When you get home, soak it in cool water.
- Follow by treating it with a pre-wash stain remover.
- Put it in the wash in the hottest water safe to the fabric.
Note: If the stain remains, use a bleach safe for the fabric and rewash.
The Independence Day Barbecue Blues
Independence day is fun and chaotic. Most of us have too much food on our plate in one arm and a dozen people to hug and greet with the other. And we all the know ‘Aunt Judy’ comes in a little too hot for that hug every year and that beloved BBQ sauce smears onto your pristine white shirt that accompanies your blue shorts and red headband for the ultimate patriotic combo. Don’t fret!
Take a rest and go on inside and follow these steps:
- Turn the shirt inside out and flush the stain with cold water.
- Using a liquid laundry detergent, make and up & down motion with a brush to break up the stain.
- Rinse well.
- Sponge with white vinegar you find in ‘Aunt Judy’s’ kitchen cupboard.
- Continue treating with the detergent and white vinegar until the stain is gone.
Note: Once home, put in the wash with bleach that is safe for the fabric.
We all have an ‘Aunt Judy’ we’ll see this Memorial Day.
No “Wine-ing” at the Wedding
Weddings are a danger zone waiting to happen. You want to be social and casual but you also want to bust a move on the dance floor. This often leads to not enough time to set that glass of Cabernet down. As you’re dancing along, hand and glass in the air, everyone decides to join in and it becomes a new form of bumper cars. Then, whoops, the splash effect has hit you on that new dress you bought just for the occasion:
- Go to the bathroom and dab that stain with cold water.
- Get access to some pre-wash stain remover and put it on the stain.
Note: Once home, launder. (if safe, add chlorine or bleach).
At least you got the initial stain removed, and nobody will notice it on the low-lit dance floor!
In Memory of Those Lost to Grass Stains
Memorial Day is looked at as the introduction of summer, and you will be enjoying it! Playing flag football, kickball, or some friendly soccer you are bound to get a few grass and mud stains on you or your clothes. Luckily for you, these are one of the most common and easily treated stains:
- Pre-treat or soak in a product containing enzymes. (Nature’s Miracle Stain and Odor Remover, Arm & Hammer Plus, etc).
- If stain persists wash with sodium hypochlorite bleach if safe for fabric.
Note: Can also use oxygen bleach.
At US Linen & Uniform, we know that work can get dirty (and so can play)! We provide uniforms with tough, stain-resistant fabric and cleaning that reliably removes stains for you to look and feel professional.