Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Day 84 | Protein and dye stains

Yesterday I looked a bit at oil stains, and how to get rid of them. Today I'll try and do protein and dye stains.

As I wrote yesterday, to remove stains from clothing, you have to first determine what created the stain. Fortunately we usually know what we have spilled, dripped or dumped on our clothes, but it's the times when you get home with something on your clothing, that it gets a little more difficult. Reading the label of the product that created the stain, should help in narrowing down your cleaning methods. Below is a list of some common stains and general removal tips.

Protein stains
  • Baby food
  • Milk
  • Baby formula
  • Mucous
  • Blood
  • Cheese sauce
  • Mud
  • Cream
  • Pudding
  • Egg
  • Urine
  • Feces
  • Vomit
  • Gelatin
  • White glue; school paste
  • Ice cream
"Protein stains should simply be soaked and then agitated in COLD water. Hot water will cook the stain into the fabric. After rinsing out the stain you can launder normally."

Dye Stains
  • Cherry, blueberry
  • Color bleeding in wash (dye transfer)
  • Felt-tip pen (permanent ink-may not come out)
  • Grass
  • India ink
  • Kool-Aid
  • Mercurochrome
  • Mustard
  • Tempera paint
"Dye stains are one of the most difficult to remove. First, soak stain with a heavy-duty liquid detergent and let set for an hour or more. Then rinse thoroughly. Second soak the stained garment in a dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach."

"If the above steps does not remove the stain you can try soaking the garment in a dilute solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water if the clothing is white or light coloured. Warning - bleach damage to coloured garments is irreversible. Since bleaching can alter the colour of the garment, bleach the whole garment and not just a spot. If the stain is not gone in 15 minutes, then it cannot be removed by bleaching. More bleaching may weaken the fabric."

Tomorrow I'll look at Wax/Oil/Dye and other combination stains. It just seems that the list of stuff that can stain your clothing is endless, but fortunately the ways of getting the stains out, are too.

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