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Stain Removal Chart

ADHESIVES BABY FORMULA BEVERAGES BLOOD
BODILY FLUIDS
BROWN / YELLOW
DISCOLORATION
CANDLE WAX CHOCOLATE
COLLAR / CUFF SOIL
COSMETICS CRAYON DAIRY PRODUCTS
DEODORANTS DYE TRANSFER EGG FABRIC SOFTENER
FRUIT JUICES GRASS GRAVY GREASE OIL
INK LIPSTICK MAPLE SYRUP MILDEW
MUD MUSTARD NAIL POLISH PAINT
PERFUME PERSPIRATION PINE RESIN SCORCH
SHOE POLISH TAR TOBACCO TYPWRITER
CORRECTION FLUID
TOMATO WINE    

 

Check for stain removal before adding to dryer. If stain remains, wash again. Dryer heat can permanently set some stains.

Stain

Treatment

Adhesive tape, chewing gum,
rubber cement
1. Apply ice or cold water to harden surface; scrape with a dull knife.
2. Saturate with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid.
3. Rinse, then launder.
Baby formula 1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains
3. Launder.
Beverages (coffee, tea, soft drinks,
wine, alcoholic beverages)
1. Sponge or soak stain in cool water.
2. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, liquid detergent booster or paste of powder laundry product and water.
3. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
NOTE: Older stains may respond to pretreating or soaking in a product containing enzymes, then laundering.
Blood Fresh Stains
Soak in cold water (do not use hot water as it will set blood stains). Launder.
Dried Stains
Pretreat or soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Launder.
NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.
Bodily fluids 1. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
2. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
Brown or yellow discoloration from
iron, rust, manganese
Use a rust remover recommended for fabrics; launder.
NOTE: Do not use a sodium hypochlorite bleach to remove rust stains because it may intensify discoloration
Candle wax 1. Scrape off surface wax with a dull knife.
2. Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and to avoid transferring stains.
3. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Sponge remaining stain with prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid; blot with paper towels. Let dry.
4. Launder.
NOTE: If any color remains, rewash using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
Chocolate 1. Pretreat or prewash in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Or, treat with a prewash stain remover.
2. Launder.
NOTE: If stain remains, rewash using a bleach safe for fabric.
Collar, cuff soil 1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or paste of powder detergent and water.
2. Launder.
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Cosmetics 1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of powder detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap.
2. Launder.
Crayon For a Few Spots:
1. Treat the same as candle wax or dampen the stain and rub with bar soap,
2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
For a Whole Load of Clothes:
1. Wash with hot water using a laundry soap and 1 cup (212 g) baking soda.
NOTE: If color remains, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. Otherwise, pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes or an oxygen bleach using hottest water safe for fabric, then launder.
Dairy products 1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
3. Launder.
Deodorants, antiperspirants Light Stains:
1. Pretreat with liquid laundry detergent. Launder.
Heavy Stains:
1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover. Allow to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Launder using an oxygen bleach.
Dye transfer 1. Attempt restoration of white fabrics that have picked up color from other fabrics by using a packaged color remover, following label directions.
2. Launder.
NOTE: If dye remains, launder again using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. For non-colorfast fabrics, soak in oxygen bleach, then launder.
NOTE: This type of stain may be prevented if proper sorting and laundering procedures are followed.
Egg 1. Pretreat or soak stains using a product containing enzymes.
2. Soak for at least 30 minutes or several hours for aged stains.
3. Launder.
Fabric softener 1. Dampen the stain and rub with bar soap.
2. Rinse out, then launder.
Fruit, juices 1. Wash with bleach safe for fabric.
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Grass 1. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
NOTE: If stain persists, launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
Grease, oil Light Stains:
1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or liquid detergent booster.
2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Heavy Stains:
1. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply cleaning fluid to back of stain.
2. Replace paper towels under stain frequently.
3. Let dry, rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
Ink NOTE: Some inks in each of the following categories _ ballpoint, felt tip, liquid- may be impossible to remove, Laundering may set some types of ink. Try pretreating using one of the following methods:
Prewash Stain Remover:
1. Pretreat using a prewash stain remover. Launder.
Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid:
1. Sponge the area around the stain with the alcohol or cleaning fluid before applying it directly on the stain.
2. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply alcohol or cleaning fluid to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
3. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.
Alternate Method for Denatured Alcohol or Cleaning Fluid:
1. Place stain over mouth of a jar or glass; hold fabric taut.
2. Drip the alcohol or cleaning fluid through the stain so ink will drop into the container as it is being removed.
3. Rinse thoroughly. Launder.
Maple Syrup
Maple syrup or corn syrup stains should be removed as soon as possible.
  1. Begin by using a blunt kitchen knife to remove any excess syrup still on the fabric.
  2. For washable fabrics, flush with cool to warm water from the back of the stain.
  3. Pretreat with a stain remover or liquid laundry detergent and let sit for several minutes. Rinse well.
  4. Wash as recommended according to the garment label.
  5. Don’t put in the dryer until the stain is gone!
Mildew NOTE: Badly mildewed fabrics may be damaged beyond repair.
1. Launder stained items using a bleach safe for fabric and hottest water recommended for fabric.
Mud 1. When dry, brush off as much mud as possible.
Light Stains:
2. Pretreat with a paste of powder detergent and water, liquid laundry detergent or a liquid detergent booster. Launder.
Heavy Stains:
1. Pretreat or presoak with a laundry detergent or a product containing enzymes. Launder.
Mustard 1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover.
2. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric, or oxygen bleach.
Nail polish NOTE: Nail polish may be impossible to remove.
1. Try nail polish remover but do not use on acetate or triacetate fabrics.
2. Place stain facedown on clean paper towels. Apply nail polish remover to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
3. Repeat until stain disappears, if it does.
4. Rinse and launder.
Paint Water-based Paint:
1. Rinse fabric in warm water while stains are still wet.
2. Launder.
NOTE: Once paint is dry, it cannot be removed.
Oil-based Paint and Varnish:
1. Use the same solvent the label on the can advises for a thinner.
2. If not available, use turpentine.
3. Rinse.
4. Pretreat with prewash stain remover, bar soap or laundry detergent.
5. Rinse and launder.
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Perfume 1. Pretreat with prewash stain remover or liquid laundry detergent.
2. Launder.
Perspiration 1.Use a prewash stain remover or rub with bar soap.
NOTE: If perspiration has changed the color of the fabric, apply ammonia to fresh stains or white vinegar to old stains; rinse.
2. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.
NOTE: Stubborn stains may respond to washing in a product containing enzymes or oxygen bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.
Pine resin 1. Sponge the stained area with a dry-cleaning solvent; let it air-dry.
2. Soak the stain in a solution of one cup of liquid laundry detergent and a few drops of ammonia (Caution: Never mix chlorine bleach and ammonia - the resulting fumes are hazardous) for at least 30 minutes.
3. Launder using liquid laundry detergent.
Scorch NOTE: Badly scorched fabrics may be damaged beyond repair.
1. Launder using sodium hypochlorite bleach, if safe for fabric. Or, soak in oxygen bleach and hot water, then launder.
Shoe polish Liquid Shoe Polish:
1. Pretreat with a paste of powder detergent and water.
2. Launder.
Paste Shoe Polish:
1. Scrape residue from fabric with a dull knife.
2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or cleaning fluid; rinse.
3. Rub detergent into dampened area.
4. Launder using a bleach safe for fabric.
Tar 1. Scrape residue from fabric.
2. Place stain facedown on paper towels. Sponge with cleaning fluid. Replace paper towels frequently to absorb more tar and to avoid transferring stains.
3. Launder in hottest water safe for fabric.
Tobacco 1. Dampen stain and rub with bar soap; rinse.
2. Pretreat or soak in a product containing enzymes.
3. Launder.
NOTE: If stain remains, launder again using a bleach safe for fabric.
Typewriter correction fluid 1. Let stain dry thoroughly, then gently brush excess off with a clothes brush.
2. Send to professional drycleaner and mention the type of stain.