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STAIN REMOVAL TIPS

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Stains appear on clothes and carpets every day, no matter how careful we try to be. We recommend that any prewash stain removal treatements are carried out at home before visiting the Revolution Launderette, as this means you will have less to carry with you. Here are a few handy tips to help you remove 10 of the most common stains.

COFFEE
– Blot the stain with either a paper towel or some tissues to remove any excess liquid
– Rinse the stain with cold water for a few minutes, rubbing it gently to help loosen stubborn marks
– Rub in a small amount of detergent while the stain is still damp, leave it to set for a few minutes and then rinse thoroughly with cold water whilst gently rubbing the stain
– Wash as usual

RED WINE
– Blot the with either a paper towel or some tissues to remove any excess liquid
– Rinse the stain with cold water
– Cover the stain with a generous amount of salt and let it sit until the salt begins to absorb and turn pink
– Slowly pour boiling water over the stain and let it sit until the stain lifts
– If the stain is still there, soak the stain in a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and once the stain lightens, wash as usual

OIL
– Blot the stain with either a paper towel or some tissues to remove any excess oil
– Pretreat with a prewash stain remover
– Wash at the highest temperature that is safe for the fabric

KETCHUP
– Rinse the stain with cold water, allowing the water to drain through the fabric
– Rub in a small amount of detergent, leave to sit for a few minutes, then rinse thoroughly with cold water
– Sponge the stain with white wine vinegar and rinse again
– Repeat these steps until you have removed as much of the stain as possible
– Pretreat the stain with a prewash stain remover and wash as usual

CHOCOLATE
– Wipe off as much excess chocolate as possible, taking care not to spread the stain or rub it in to the fabric
– Rinse out as much chocolate as you can using cold water
– Soak in a solution of detergent and cold water for at least 30 minutes, then wash as usual

INK
– Sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent until the ink stops bleeding, and rinse thoroughly
– Sponge the stain with rubbing alcohol and leave to air-dry
– If the stain remains, rub with laundry detergent and let it stand overnight
– Rinse the stain, apply prewash stain remover and wash as usual

HAIR DYE
– If it’s safe to use chlorine bleach, mix a solution of ¼ cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of cold water and soak for 30 minutes. Rinse the fabric and then wash as usual
– If it’s not safe to use chlorine bleach, mix 1 cup of ammonia with 1 gallon of cold water, hold the fabric taught over a bucket and pour the solution directly onto the stain, allowing it to drain through the fabric
– Wash as usual

DEODORANT
– Check to see if the stain has changed the colour of the fabric. If it has, and it’s a fresh stain, apply ammonia. If it’s an old stain, apply white vinegar, then rinse.
– Pre-treat with a prewash stain remover and wash as usual on the highest temperature that’s safe for the fabric

GRASS
– Pre-treat the stain with either a prewash stain remover or a solution made up of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water, and leave to soak for about 15 minutes
– Lightly scrub the stain with either a toothbrush or cloth to work the liquid into the area, and then wash as usual

CHEWING GUM
– If the chewing gum is still soft, freeze the fabric to harden it and the scrape off any excess gum
– Sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent, pre-treat with a prewash stain remover and wash as usual

Once you have washed a stained garment, make sure that the stain has been removed before drying as this may set the stain and make it impossible to remove.

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