How To Treat 4 Common Stains
Everyone has to deal with spills and stains. Or, we all hope that stains never set in; as that will ruin your clothing. Fortunately, there are professionals like Eco Nettoyage who can help you with big spills and stains; but in the meantime, you here are some of the most common stains and what you can do to treat them at home.
If you spill berries (particularly berry juice), you need to act fast. First, place the stain face down onto a paper towel so you can pretreat the underside of the fabric with liquid laundry detergent or with some kind of specialty stain remover. Rinse and then soak it for 30 minutes in a solution of all-fabric bleach and lukewarm water. If the fabric is white or colorfast, you should next follow up with a 15-minute soak in bleach solution. Finally, rinse the fabric and then launder it as usual.
To treat a blood stain, first soak the affected area in ice-cold water for at least 15 minutes. Next, rub the stain from behind and then soak for another 15 minutes (in cold water). If the stain is still visible, soak it again in a stain booster detergent (like Oxy-Clean) for about 30 minutes. Finally, launder as usual (adding bleach for white fabrics).
Coffee stains can be quite common, too. To treat coffee, you should also place the fabric face down on a clean towel and, also, gently rub the reverse side of the stain, but this time use a sponge that has been soaked in rubbing alcohol. Next, soak the item in a mixture of 1 Tblsp vinegar, 1 squirt of liquid dish soap, and 1 qt of lukewarm water for 15 minutes. Rinse the item and then soak in a stain-booster detergent solution for another 30 minutes. Finally, launder as usual (adding bleach for white fabrics).
All fabrics—both white and colorfast—lose their luster over time (and after many washes). To restore some of this luster, fill a sink or a bucket with lukewarm water and up to 2 cups of bleach. Soak the item in this solution for at least 30 minutes and then launder as usual (with bleach, again). For treating non-colorfast fabrics, fill the same bucket with warm water, 2 Tbsp ammonia, and 2 squirts of liquid dish soap. Soak the item for at least 30 minutes and then rinse and launder as usual. Next, refill the sink/bucket with water and add ¼ cup vinegar; soak for another 30 minutes and then rinse and launder.