Fabric Stain Removal
of Fabric Stain Removal
Fabric stain removal is something that we have to
deal with on an everyday basis. Stains emerge suddenly on our best outfits
and are often nearly impossible to get rid of. However, with a little
vigilance, a lot of patience, and some amount of information about the stain
and the fabric, you too can become an expert at fabric stain removal.
The cardinal rule of fabric stain removal is to deal
with the stains as soon as possible. Older stains that have been sitting
around for some time are somewhat more difficult to remove than are the
newer ones. Non-washable fabrics should therefore be packed off to the
drycleaner's immediately for fabric stain removal. It would help if you
informed the drycleaner about the type of fabric, and the type of stain on
Reading instructions is a must. Read the instructions relating to the
correct procedure of washing and maintaining the fabric, and if you are
using a stain removal product, read the instructions for using it.
The cardinal rule of
fabric stain removal is to deal with the stains as soon as possible
Before resorting to the actual treatment of the stain,
scrape off solid particles with a blunt knife, and blot liquids with cloth
towels or tissues (preferably white in color).
Thereafter you may want to use some kind of a stain removal product or a
bleach. However, not all garments are colorfast or bleach-safe. Read the
fabric-care guidelines to see if the fabric is bleach-safe, and check the
garment for colorfastness.
How do you test a fabric for colorfastness? To begin with, apply the stain
remover on some not easily visible part of the garment. Allow this to stand
for about 3 to 5 minutes, and then rinse it off. If the garment is not
colorfast, the color will change. If this happens, avoid using that product
on that fabric.
Bleach can also be used to remove uneven splotches of color. However, do not
use the bleach in one particular area. Instead, bleach the entire garment.
Soaking a garment in a dilute solution of bleach may be helpful, but it may
also lead to a lightening the garment's colors. Too much bleach will end up
weakening the fabric.
If the stain is going to be eliminated by using bleach, this will happen
within 15 minutes of applying the bleach. If the stain stays put, you can be
assured that bleaching is not the answer to your problem this time.
How do you use a stain remover? Place a clean tissue over the stain and
apply the stain remover on the stain's underside. What happens on doing this
is that the stain is forced off the cloth's surface, and is not allowed to
Different stain removers must not be mixed together. For instance, mixing
ammonia and chlorine bleach can result in nasty fumes.
Washable fabrics that have been treated for stains must be washed well in
order to eliminate residues of the stain, as well as of the stain remover.
If you have used a dry cleaning solvent, rinse the fabric thoroughly, and
air dry it. Do not put the fabric in the dryer because dry-cleaning solvents
are inflammable, and may even lead to a fire in the washing machine.
There are many products available today for fabric stain removal. Be careful
while using them. Make it a point to always read up on the instructions and
the possible risks involved in using a particular product on a particular
Some stains stay on permanently. However, some other stains take a little
more persuasion and before they actually disappear. So do cultivate some
patience when in the process of fabric stain removal.
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