How to prevent colour bleeding and staining in 6 steps
Whilst taking your clothes to a professional cleaner may feel like the easy option, there are simple steps you can take when it comes to how to prevent colour bleeding and staining at home:
- Always wash colours and whites separately. If you have any new garments in strong colours, you may want to wash these with similar colours only, or hand-wash them the first time you wash them.
- Avoid drying clothes with stains as high heat can set colour stains into your clothes.
- If you still end up with a stain, dab at the stain to lift as much liquid as possible from it, avoiding rubbing as this will push the stain deeper into the fibres.
- Try washing the clothes again, following the instructions on the label. You should ideally wash clothes with colour bleed separately – if there are a few items that have been affected, you can use a short programme on the washing machine, but if it’s a lone item, you’re best off washing it by hand.
- Try adding a cup of distilled white vinegar to a bowl of cold water and soaking the stained area. Be sure to test a small area of the clothing first to check it won’t be affected by the vinegar. Then wash again as normal.
- If all else fails, try using a commercial stain-removing product. Ensure you read the directions on the label and test the product on a small area first. Once you have treated the stain, rinse the clothing and wash as normal.
Now you have some easy-to-follow tips for how to stop colour bleeding from clothes, you are prepared to keep your clothing looking great from wash to wear every time