Water Stain Removal
~Pooja Chakrabarty

The Basics of Water Stain Removal

As soon as you get a stain on a fabric, your first reaction is: "I need to wash it with water". What do you do when the stain itself is caused by water? Water stains are not too difficult to get rid of as they dissolve in water. Here are some tips for water stain removal.

Sometimes water the universal solvent itself can trouble you by damaging clothes. Water stains are much more common than you might imagine. However water stain removal luckily, is not too difficult.

Water stain removal can be done on washable fabrics by the normal washing routine. Water marks are water soluble. They cannot be got rid of by dry-cleaning agents. For non-washable fabrics, therefore, you must consult your drycleaner.

Water stain removal can be done on washable fabrics by the normal washing routine

Fabrics such as silk and rayon are more susceptible to water spots. One way to deal with this is to expose the cloth to steam from a boiling kettle. Cover the kettle's spout with a muslin cloth. You do not want water droplets to land on the fabric and make newer stains for you to remove. The cloth will become damp but do not let it get wet. While the cloth is still damp, shake it, and tamp the stained area with a spoon. This will loosen the water molecules from the cloth.

Hard water stain removal is more troublesome than soft water stain removal. Moreover, hard water will add to the chances of staining from agents like soap and minerals.

In general, while washing with hard water, clothes will need greater amounts of detergent as clothes donít get as clean when washed in hard water. This is because hard water contains greater amounts of mineral deposits. The minerals present in the water react with the detergent or soap, and form scum. It leads to laundry problems such as water stains. If the water is especially hard it may be a good idea to use a water softener. Water softeners contain salt which react with the minerals, and loosen them from the water.

Sometimes, using less detergent may lead to white fabrics and linens turning grey. To make the clothes revert to their original color, try washing them with hot water. If there seem to be a lot of suds, it would mean that the clothes had not been rinsed properly. If the clothes do not become white again after all the rinsing, you could wash it once again with detergent. Some improvement should take place.

Sometimes if the iron content of the water is very high, you might end up with iron stains on your clothes. What do you do if this happens? First of all try rewashing the clothes with a good detergent. If the stain persists, try laundering the garment at some other place where the water is free of iron deposits. Heat will set iron stains onto the clothes. Therefore, avoid ironing or putting the clothes in the dryer before stain treatment. Chlorine bleach is also to be avoided as it too will set the stain rather than remove it.

Water stains are caused on a particular material when water dries up on its surface. Water marks or stains can be easily removed while still wet. However, water stain removal may not be as easy once the water has dried up.

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