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Stain Removal – Points to Remember Before Removing Stains

STAIN REMOVAL

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

We have all suffered stains at sometime or another, whether it be on a favourite item of clothing, a leather suite or carpet but often attempts to clean the item in question causes more damage than the original stain.

The following are some important things you should be aware of BEFORE tackling any stain.

  • If you are not sure of the type of fabric involved or it has a special finish such as taffeta or velvet, it is safer to take it to the cleaner or seek professional advice.

  • Don’t apply heat to an article before treating, as this will set many stains, especially protein based ones.

  • Always treat a stain as soon as possible – the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove.

  • Before cleaning, where appropriate, brush and shake articles in order to remove any loose dirt.

  • Soaking in cold water and then washing as normal can remove many stains, especially if treated quickly. NEVER soak woollens, silks, non-fast colours, flame resistant or rubberised fabrics or those with metal buttons or fasteners.

  • Before tackling any stain, test the fabric for possible reactions and colour fastness by applying the stain remover to a small hidden area and check after 5-10 minutes. If there are any signs of the colour fading or changing do not proceed. Seek professional advice as soon as possible.

  • Old dry stains can sometimes be removed by softening with glycerine (use diluted, one part to two parts water). Leave on for 10 minutes then soak and wash.

  • It is probably best to avoid tackling delicate or expensive items.

REMEDIES FOR SPECIFIC STAINS CAN BE FOUND AT –

ADHESIVE – BLOOD  #  CANDLE WAX – CURRY  #  DEODORANT – GREASE  

HAIR LACQUER – LIPSTICK  #  METAL POLISH – OIL   #  PAINT – STICKY MARKS     TAR – WINES/SPIRITS

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