Most people feel unenthusiastic about doing laundry and it becomes worse if the clothes are stained. It doesn’t get better with kids around since kids and stains seem to go hand in hand. You never see laundry stains coming therefore instead of being all cautious, in the process missing out on something fun, it is better to know the various ways you can get rid of them. There are various stains that are seemingly impossible to remove like ink, red wine, iron scorch marks, rust or sweat stains. If you are frustrated about such stains, worry no more, the stains are not as tough as they seem if tackled the right way. Stains are not only common annoyances but also very uneconomical. If you want to preserve your favorite clothes, it is wise to learn how to work your way through stains.
Tackling stains while still fresh is essential and goes a long way to save you time and achieving stain-free clothes. Prevention being better than cure, you can try wearing an overall or an apron while doing ‘dirty tasks’. With that said, the following are ways you can fight laundry stains effectively:
Avoid The Stain From Setting
This simply means that you act on the stain immediately. If you let it set, the only solution to removing the discoloration will be cutting the cloth off. You can prevent the stain from setting through various ways. You can wipe it off immediately ensuring you use as little pressure as possible. You should also keep away from any source of heat because it accelerates the stain setting on the cloth. Though with some solid stains such as mud, it’s easier to remove when dry. This helps in preventing the stain becoming permanent.
Soak the stain In cold water
After gently dabbing the stain off, you can use water as treatment. Cold water is most advisable because hot water can set protein stains. Water is easily accessible and cheap to almost everyone. Though you should note that when used alone, it is not very effective. When using water, it is more effective to splash the stain off from the back side of the cloth. This helps in pushing out more stains from the fabric.
Salt is applied after you have wet the cloth, which acts as an absorbent on the surface where the stain chemicals will have accumulated. This simple action will help you have an easy time while cleaning your garment. It will also increase the probability of your cloth being spotless after cleaning. It works best with sweat and blood stains.
Don’t use soap
Immediately using soap as you aggressively scrub the stain is the biggest mistake most people make. This action will actually lead to the stain setting on the cloth thus being permanent. Using plain water for stain removal is effective enough since it removes most of the stain before you begin actual cleaning.
Getting The Right Treatment For The Type Of Cloth
Frankly, most solvents can remove multiple stains. Though it is wise to know what suits your type of cloth better. For instance, wool is more heat sensitive than cotton, and as much as you can soak it, bleaches and acidic treatment (that can be used in cotton) will cause permanent distortion. Mild acids such as vinegar and lemon juice are great for coffee, tea and grass stains on most fabrics but can’t be used on wool. Some stains are not going to give way to only one type of treatment and will, therefore, require multiple treatments for better results.
Removing grass stain
You don’t have to cringe at the thought of removing grass stains when your kids are out playing. There are various economical ways to lift grass stains. You can mix undiluted vinegar and baking soda then apply it on the stain. Instead of the vinegar and baking soda paste, you can use toothpaste and apply a coat to the stain. Then finally after some time launder it.
Removing lipstick stain
Don’t let lipstick restrain you or other people from showing love. If you get the stain, you can remove it by use of surgical spirit or hairspray. When using surgical spirit, damp some cotton wool with the spirit then blot the stain away. Then rinse with cold water. When using hairspray, spray the stain then leave it for 20 minutes. Damp a piece of cloth on warm water then use it to wipe away the hairspray. Launder the cloth as usual.
You’d roll your eyes if you had a cut, then someone tells you to be careful not to stain your cloth. You might even think they are insane. On that account, blood stains are not pleasant but can easily be removed especially when fresh. The easiest way is by wetting the stain with plenty of cold water. Then sprinkle the stain with table salt as you rub the cloth against each other. You can also pour vinegar on the stain and leave it for 10-15 minutes.
Count yourself lucky if you get a water-based ink stain because it is easy to remove. On the other hand, permanent ink stains can be a nightmare. You can either use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Put the stained part on a piece of white towel or cloth. Then blot the stain with the rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover. Though you should know, the latter is more aggressive than the former and may damage your fabric. It is important to test first
Check before washing and drying
This is essential in preventing the stain from setting. If you dry your cloth thus exposing it to direct heat, this may cause the stain to become permanent. If you wash before checking, you might not give your laundry stains the attention they require.
Having stains on your clothes however cheap or expensive is not a good feeling. Incorporate some of the tips listed above for better results. Remember you don’t have to be too vigorous in rubbing your stain off, hence damaging your fabric. Always wash your fabric gently if you are doing it by hand.