Spot Removal from Clothes!
My information is mainly regarding washable fabrics. I have used these tips for years, but a few tidbits for only dry cleanables too (however I mostly like to leave the dry cleanable problems to the professionals).
Soak item in cold water, and wash in warm sudsy water, rinse in cold. If stain remains, soak silk, wool, or colored items in 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon (4 litres) of water for 1 hour then rinse twice. Whites, soak linen, cotton and rayon for one hour in a mixture of 2 tablespoons of bleach to 1quart (1litre) water. Rinse again twice in cool water then rewash in regular manner. Alcohol may remove dyes out of fabric.
Dry cleanable fabrics: Gently sponge stain with water let slightly dry then dust lightly with cornstarch on the inside of garment. When totally dry brush cornstarch off with clothes brush.
Soak in cold water and detergent. If stain remains soak in mixture of 4 tablespoons of 'bleach for unbleachables' per 1 quart (1litre) of water if colored item or regular bleach (same mix) for whites. For stubborn stain in whites only apply a few drops of ammonia. Then re-launder in regular manner.
Dry cleanables fabrics: Place thick towel under stain and treat with cold salt-water mix (2 tablespoon of tablesalt per quart or 1 litre water) Rinse well and blot gently with towel. To remove final traces treat with hydrogen peroxide then rise again with a little lukewarm water. Point out area to dry cleaner...
Rinse in lukewarm water. Whites, if stain remains soak for one hour in a mixture of 4 tablespoon of bleach per 1 quart (1 litre) of water. If it's heavy sturdy fabric pour boiling water over stain with thick towel on the backside of garment.
Dry cleanables fabrics: only on colorfast fabrics, gently sponge with lukewarm water let slightly dry then lightly dust with cornstarch on the inside of garment let totally dry then using a bristle clothes brush off all traces of cornstarch. Point out area to dry cleaners...
Coffee or tea:
If whites pour boiling water through the spot from a 3' (90 cm) height. If stain remains soak for an hour in mixture of 4 tablespoons of bleach to 1 quart (1 litre) of water.
Dry cleanables fabrics: Gently sponge with cool water, work in small amount of detergent. Rinse. If detergent ring remains sponge with alcohol.
Only on colorfast (Tshirts, jog suits etc) place towel under stain pour lighter fluid or naphtha gas over. (Do not inhale as naphtha is toxic) Dust lightly with cornstarch or baking soda. Let dry totally then brush off cornstarch residue and then launder in regular manner.
The hotter the water the better the chances of removing grease and oil splatters. Pre-treat the spots with a good dish detergent first since the molecules in such
liquids are prepared to trap oil.
Dry cleanables fabrics: Gently sponge wool fabric with trichloroethane. Point out spot to dry cleaner...
If the color of garment has been affected gently sponge a fresh stain with ammonia, an old stain with white vinegar. Repeat 2-3 times then launder in regular manner.
Crush 2-3 aspirin
tablets, add enough water to make a paste and brush it on the stained area. Leave sit for a couple of hours. If stains are severe crush another 2 aspirin and add to 1/2 cup of warm water then soak stained part of clothing in the solution overnight. Launder in regular manner.
Dry cleanable fabrics: same as washables point out stains to dry cleaners...
Obviously you should try every method out in an inconspicuous spot first. However my opinion is that if the clothes are spotty or stained I will not wear them anymore anyway so eventually I will give every cleaning method a trial.
Hope some of these work out for you...
If you have some great solutions to any stains etc. please add them into the comment cell and I'll add it to this post later, naturally with your name credited.
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