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How Different Kinds of Stains Are Pre-treated

Spillages happen, it’s a part of everyday life. Even so, it's important to know how to deal with stains and accidental spillages as quickly as possible. It’s important to be prepared and carry wet wipes with you to get to stains as quickly as possible, however it may not be possible to get to a sink to run under cold water.


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How Different Kinds of Stains Are Pre-treated

In this blog, So, in this blog, we’re giving you tips on how to pre-treat stains to get the best results. It’s important to know how to pre-treat stains of all types before they set in. Whilst wiping down with a wet wipe is going to help, getting the stain properly pre-treated as soon as possible is going to offer the best results after you’ve washed the garment fully.

What is Stain Pre-Treatment?

When we talk about stain pre-treatment, we mean what you can do to penetrate the stain early in order to prevent it from drying and seeping deep into the fabric fibres of the article of clothing. Pre-treating a stain is a step you take before you place the garment into the wash – either in the machine or by hand. You can start this pre-treatment by soaking your clothing item before washing it.

Why Is It Important To Pre-Treat Stains

Pre-treating stains can help improve the chances of removing the stain from the fabric completely. If you don’t pre-treat a stain, you run the risk of the stain staying on the fabric for an extended period of time and therefore making it much harder to remove later.

Most Common Household Stains

If you haven’t experienced one or all of these stains in your, or your family’s clothing, we’d like to know where you’ve been living. The most common household stains that we all experience daily, if not weekly, include:

  • Grass

  • Red Wine

  • Oil & Fat

  • Blood

  • Ink

  • Coffee

  • Chocolate

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You could argue that all the good things in life are stains waiting to happen, right? These are common stains that can be tackled with a great stain pre-treater. Here’s how.

How To Pre-Treat Stains For Best Results

Every type of stain requires a slightly different approach to pre-treating stains than others. We’ve put together an overview of the most common types of stains and how they are best pre-treated.

Grass Stains

Grass is naturally occurring and is a regular feature on most children’s clothes. Grass stains respond best when pre-treated naturally too. Mix two parts cold water with one-part white vinegar and soak the grass-stained article of clothing in this solution for 15 minutes. Wash as per normal in the machine or by hand.

Oil & Fat Stains

Oil, fat, grease and any other fatty stains can be lifted right out of your fabric by pre-treating first. Pour a little bit (approximately a spoon) of OMO Liquid Detergent onto the stain and rub it in gently with your finger for *unbeatable stain removal. Leave to soak for 15 minutes. Wash as per normal in the machine or by hand.

Red Wine & Blood Stains

Both of these types of stains also respond well to a natural approach to stain removal. For these red stains, if the stain occurs when you are out, try to pour a little bit of club soda onto the stain as soon as possible to help dissolve the red pigment on the fabric. If you don’t have club soda, rub some table salt onto the stain. When you get home, mix a solution of two parts cold water and one-part white vinegar and soak the garment overnight. Wash as per normal in the machine or by hand.

Coffee & Chocolate Stains

For these pesky stains, we like to make our own pre-treat stain remover with OMO Hand Washing Powder. Make a paste of half a cup of OMO hand washing powder and add a few drops of cold water until it’s formed a thick paste. Rub the paste onto the stained area and leave for 15 minutes to soak. Wash as per normal in the machine or by hand.

From makeup to hot chocolate, we’ve got you covered with the Ultimate Guide to *Unbeatable Tough Stain Removal. Read this blog to find out more about the best ways to get rid of all the common stains we’ve mentioned above thanks to OMO Hand Washing Powder and OMO Auto Detergents too.

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What are the most common types of stains?

Stains are common and the most common ones that often stain our clothing include grass, oil, red wine, blood, coffee and chocolate.

What 2 methods are most commonly used to pre-treat stains?

A solution of white vinegar and water as well as dishwashing liquid are common pre-treat stain removers. Read our blog above for more ideas too.

Why should you pre-treat a stain as soon as possible?

If you pre-treat a stain, you can prevent it from seeping deeply into the fabric fibres, making it harder to get out.

How are stains classified?

Stains are classed by the chemical nature, in other words by the chemical nature of the stain and what it is used for.

What are the three 3 classifications of stains?

In chemistry, there are three kinds of stains including acidic stains, basic stains and neutral stains.

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