Summer Stains: How to Remove the 8 Most Common.
Smudges, drips, drops, and smears - no matter what their source, the key to keeping them from ruining your favorite clothes is to take quick action before it gets a chance to dry.
For most fabrics, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the discolored area with cold water (don't rub; this spreads the spot and grinds it deeper into the fabric), and then pre-treating the spot.
Summer spills are especially tough. Here's how to remove them.
Rub the gummy spot with ice to harden it. Scrape away as much of the gum as possible with a dull knife.
Saturate what remains with a prewash
spot remover; rinse and launder as usual.
Pretreat or prewash the garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes. Launder as usual.
Sponge with or soak in cold water.
Apply a pre-treating product on the blight.
Wash as usual and air dry; repeat if spot remains.
the spot with a prewash spot remover or a liquid laundry detergent.
Wash the garment in the water temperature recommended for the fabric.
off the surface wax with a dull knife. Soak the fabric in a product
containing enzymes or oxygen bleach in the hottest water safe for the
fabric. Launder using the hottest water the fabric can withstand.
Presoak or prewash the garment in warm water in a bucket or your washing machine (using the presoak setting) with a detergent containing enzymes.
Launder as usual with chlorine bleach if it's safe for the fabric. If
the cleaning instructions advise against it, use oxygen bleach instead.
in cold water, apply a pretreating product; launder as the label
instructions recommend. Air dry; do not place in the dryer until the
blight is gone.
Deodorants, antiperspirants. Use a prewash laundry product; if the discoloration is old, apply white vinegar. Rinse, then launder using oxygen bleach in the hottest water that's safe to use with the fabric.
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