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STAIN
REMOVAL

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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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