Patching holes caused by stain removal products
Holes or tears in your clothes can be caused by many things. Whether you have a wool jumper that’s been lift littered with holes thanks to the power of the enzymes found in biological detergents, or your washing machine has caused loose threads to become pulled and torn, it’s important to know how to patch things up.
- Felting: you can buy felting kits which contain a felting needle, a piece of foam or sponge, and some wool roving. Place your sponge underneath the hole and a small piece of the roving on top. Then, use your needle to repeatedly stab the roving. This will mesh the fibres of it with the fibres of your jumper, effectively filling in the hole.
- Darning: a slightly more labour-intensive method, you can buy special darning kits which contain a darning needle and a wooden “mushroom” to give you a surface to weave the fibres over. You can also just use an ordinary needle and something like a teacup to darn over if you’d prefer. Simply hold the affected garment over the mushroom or teacup (the clothing should be inside out) and make a small running stitch across the hole. Repeat until filled in.
- Patching: a quicker solution, patches can instantly hide a hole. You can get iron-on patches that are stuck to clothing using the heat of an iron or you can sew a patch on for a more permanent fix. Just think carefully about the type of stitch you use to make your sewing as invisible as possible.
There you have it – a few options for repairing clothes damaged by stain removal chemicals. Remember that prevention is always better than cure, though – check out our guide to removing stains safely, and use that Persil power responsibly if using one of their detergents! Always check the care label on your garments and the instructions on your product packaging before use.