General Stain Removing Guidelines

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General Stain Removing Guidelines

  • Before washing or treating any stains remember to refer to the care label instructions on the garment

  • Treat stains promptly. Newer stains are easier to remove than older ones. If the stain is on a fabric that cannot be washed take it to the dry cleaner as soon as possible, and discuss the nature of the stain and the fiber content of the garment. In some cases pre-spotting will help eliminate stains that could otherwise be heat set after the garment is cleaned

  • Read instructions and carefully follow the directions when using any stain removal products

  • Always test stain removers on an inside seam or other hidden part of garment for color fastness. To test, apply product and let stand 2-5 minutes, then rinse. If color changes, do not use product on garment

  • When using bleach, remember to bleach the entire garment and not just one area to prevent uneven color removal

  • When treating stains place the stained area face down on a clean paper towel or white cloth and apply stain remover to the underside of the stain. This will force the stain off the fabric surface instead of through it

  • Never put dry-cleaning solvents or chemicals directly into washer

  • Thoroughly rinse and dry areas treated with dry-cleaning solvents before placing in washer, to avoid a fire

  • Do not mix stain removal products together. Some mixtures, such as ammonia and chlorine bleach, can produce noxious fumes

  • Always launder washable items after treating to remove residues of the stain and the stain remover

  • Remember it can take extra time and effort to remove some stains

  • In the end some stains cannot be removed
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