Tips for Stain Removal
These tips for stain removal will help ensure that you always have clean clothing ready to wear.
Emergency Stain Removal
Sometimes a food spill or minor cut can stain your crisp white shirt when you are at work or on the move. Keep an emergency stain treatment such as a Tide pen or Shout wipe in your briefcase or desk drawer. Follow the instructions carefully and they should be very effective at making that stain invisible until you get home.
Removing Stubborn Stains at Home
A commercial product such as Oxyclean will give you good results and may be left overnight or even longer. Other laundry afficionados recommend hydrogen peroxide, especially for bloodstains. Just put a drop on the stain, rinse and repeat. This is safe for coloured as well as whites as it does not act as a bleach.
Lipstick on Your Collar?
Here are a couple of easy solutions to get rid of the evidence (no questions asked!).
If it’s a shirt that has to be dry cleaned, do not attempt anything with it but rather, take it to a trusted dry cleaner and make sure to tell them. They’ll be able to get the lipstick stain out but only if they know about it.
If you have lipstick on your cream herringbone shirt, try spraying the stain with a good dose of hair spray. Let it soak a minute or two and then use a white wash / face cloth to remove the stain. Rinse the cloth in hot water and you should be good.
As an alternative you can also use rubbing alcohol or acetone (fingernail polish remover). Tip the bottle of alcohol or acetone on a white cloth and dab at the stain repeatedly until it’s nearly gone, then launder as per its instructions. If you use an electric clothes dryer, do not put the shirt in until you’ve checked the stain is gone. If it’s not, then repeat.
When laundering, if it’s a white shirt, add bleach per directions or if it’s a coloured shirt, use a colour-safe bleach.
Removing Red Wine Stains
For your shirt, there is a solution to taking the stain out, without damaging your shirt fabric. Use WHITE wine by either pouring on the stain or dabbing gently.
If you have a red wine stain on a favourite silk necktie, take it to the dry cleaner as quickly as possible and tell them. Don’t be tempted to try to remove the stain yourself – silk is a very particular fabric and easily damaged if you don’t know how to care for it, so it’s best to leave that to the experts.