Show your stained clothing who’s the boss – give it an hour with a stain remover and plain water!
While many things in our life may spiral out of our control, there are some things we can be in firm control of. Chief among these is our appearance, and how we choose to present ourselves to the world. Whether we dress casually or otherwise, our clothes, shoes, hair and accessories must be in the best condition. If not, there is the possibility of looking slovenly – and who wants to look like that?
But despite your best efforts at showing a presentable visage, something happens to mar your appearance really badly. We are talking of the sudden appearance of stains on your clothes – a ball point pen that leaves a streak across your sleeve, a splash of coffee on your new white shirt, a blotch of grease from the spluttering frying pan at home, the ketchup that spilled on your knee while you were eating your sandwich…there are opportunities galore for things to fall on your clothes and leave marks behind.
The worst part is, washing with detergents has no impression on most stains. Even those detergents that claim to be stain removers may only lighten the stain a little, but not obliterate it completely. So you are often left with no option but to attempt to wash the stain away, hope that it goes away, and then finally discard that item of clothing because of the visible stain.
But things need not go this way. Stains can, and do, disappear if they are treated promptly and scientifically. Here’s what you should do:
- Treat the stain as soon as you can. The more the stain dries and sets, the harder it becomes to remove it.
- Never rub the stain while attempting to remove it. Rubbing the stain with your fingers, or the fibres against each other, only serves to spread the stain over a larger area, and also penetrate deeper into the fibres. This makes the stain tougher to remove.
- Blot the stain with a clean paper towel to remove the excess. Blotting takes away as much of the unabsorbed stain as possible, so that removing the rest of it becomes simpler.
- Always flush the stain with cold or warm running water, so that most of it is removed. Do not rub the stain while you are flushing it with water.
- It is better to rely on an effective stain removing system (in powder or liquid form) instead of detergents when it comes to tackling stains. The stain remover is devised to isolate and lift the stain out of the clothing fibres more effectively than detergent. Also, fewer washes are required when you have an effective stain remover to help.
- Soaking the garment as directed is important, so as to increase the stain remover’s efficacy.