Believe it or not, most stains can be removed if the proper steps are taken to tailor the removal process to the type of stain and fabric you’re trying to clean.
People ruin clothing everyday by improperly treating stains when they fail to act and toss a stained garment, untreated, into the wash, or they attack the stain immediately by rubbing the fabric.
When it comes to removing stains, information is 90% of the battle. You have to know the properties of the substance and the tools you have at your disposal to effectively treat the affected item.
Here’s our quick and easy stain removal guide for the next time you’re trying to save your beloved blouse:
The phrase time is of the essence couldn’t be more true when it comes to stain removal. The longer a stain sits, the harder it becomes to remove. This lessens your chances of being able to remove the stain without some type of aid from a professional or stain removal product.
Pro tip: never dry a stain in the dryer if it doesn’t come out in the wash! If your stain hasn’t come out after a wash cycle, you still have treatment options available. The heat from the dryer will set the stain deeper in the fabric, making it nearly impossible to get out.
Blot, Blot, Blot
Although your first instinct might be to rub the fabric to get the stain out, this actually can spread it and push the stain further into the fabric, making it much more difficult to lift out! Always start by picking up solids and blotting up liquids. Repeatedly blot the affected area to help loosen the stain and lift it from the fabric.
Just Add Water
Most surface stains don’t need any additional help besides water for removal. Some stains lift more effectively with warm water, such as dirt or sweat, while others, like coffee or tea, are more likely to come out by rinsing with cold water. Rinsing with the wrong water temperature can further set the stain and make it harder to get out in the long run. Try flipping the item inside out and running water over the stain to help the rinsing process with removal.
Respect Care Labels
Different fabrics respond differently to cleaning methods, so while one method might work for getting a coffee stain out of jeans, you’ll need to take a very different route to get a coffee stain out of a silk top. Referring to the care label instructions on your garment can help avoid further ruining your item.
We’re Here to Help
If blotting and rinsing doesn’t get the stain out, try creating a paste with Rockin’ Green Active Wear detergent and warm water. Let it sit for 30 minutes before soaking the stained item in warm water for an hour. Finish up by running it through the rinse cycle in your washing machine without any extra detergent to get out even the toughest stains.
Our team tested this method with four common stains: coffee, dirt, makeup, and BBQ sauce. Check out the results in our infographic below for a step-by-step guide on how to get rid of tough stains using Rockin’ Green!
Psst. If you’re looking for tips on how to get rid of specific stains we’ve made you a handy cheat sheet.