- It’s always best to tackle stains as quickly as possible.
- Be sure to read the care label on your garment to determine which type of stain removal method to use.
There are so many different substances that can stain your clothes – from food and drink to ink, lipstick, and oil. Every stain has a different remedy, and the material of your garment will have an impact on how you clean it. So, what do you do when you get a stain on your favourite jacket, dress, or shirt? Here are some useful stain removal tips for removing a variety of stains from your clothing:
How to Treat Stains on Different Fabrics
When treating a stain, you need to think about the fabric of your garment – whether it’s cotton, synthetic, wool, or silk. This will have an impact on how you remove a stain. Before doing anything, check the garment’s care label for any instructions; then follow these simple guidelines.
How to Remove Stains from Cotton:
- Cotton is a durable fabric, so you can use a number of techniques to remove stains from cotton garments without worrying about damaging the fabric. The only thing to be cautious of is the wash temperature as very hot temperatures can cause cotton to shrink. Read our guide on how to prevent cotton from shrinking for more advice on this.
How to Remove Stains from Synthetics:
- There are many different types of synthetic fabric, and generally they all are durable, so you can be quite firm when you work on the stain.
- Often synthetic fabrics will respond well to regular detergents that contain enzymes, but harsh chemicals like bleach are not a good idea.
- Check that any specific stain removers you are using are safe for synthetic use.
How to Remove Stains from Wool:
- Many commercial stain removers will damage wool fibres, so make sure to read the instructions on the label.
- Use a specific detergent designed for wool such as Persil, and then dry the garment flat to maintain shape.
- If necessary, take the garment to a professional for specialist stain treatment.
How to Remove Stains from Silk:
- Even though you might be treating a small stain, it’s important to use an appropriate detergent on silk and to soak the whole garment to avoid water spotting.
- Silk is incredibly delicate, so tough stains are better treated at the dry cleaners. For more advice on how to care for this delicate material, read our guide to washing silk at home.
Home Remedies to Remove Common Stains
Let’s face it, most of us run for the all-purpose stain remover as soon as disaster strikes. But ingredients you can find at home can help remove stains, too. Always remember to try out these methods on inconspicuous areas of your garment first to make sure that there is no discolouration or damage. You can also always take your garment to a specialist for advice.
Removing Chocolate Stains with Milk
- First, remove any excess chocolate by putting the garment in the freezer and then scraping the hardened chocolate off.
- Rinse with cold water (not hot) and repeat as necessary.
There you have it, with these easy-to-follow tips stain removal should be a breeze!