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Treat stains as soon as possible after staining. The older the stain, the more difficult it will be to remove.

All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are almost impossible to remove.

Washable Fabrics

What you will need

  • Pretreatment laundry stain remover
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent
  • Chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Absorbent paper towels

Steps to Clean

  1. Saturate area with pretreatment laundry stain remover (aerosol types work better on greasy stains) Wait one minute for product to penetrate the stain. For stubborn stains, rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Launder immediately.  Launder in the hottest water safe for the garment.
  2. If color stain remains, soak/wash in chlorine bleach if safe for fabric, or in oxygen bleach.
  3. For extra heavy stains, apply dry cleaning solvent to back of the stain over absorbent paper towels. Let dry, rinse. Proceed as above.
  4. If color stain remains, treat as a Dye Stain.
  5. Soak fabric in dilute solution of all-fabric powdered bleach.
  6. If stain persists and garment is white or colorfast, soak entire garment in diluted solution of liquid chlorine bleach and water.  Chlorine bleach may change the color of the garment or cause irreversible damage.  Check for bleach tolerance on a hidden seam.  If stain does not come out in 15 minutes of bleaching, if cannot be removed by bleaching. Additional bleaching can weaken the fabric.
  7. If bleaching is not safe or does not work, use a commercial color remover. Color removers will also take out fabric colors as well as the stain. Do not exceed 160’ degrees Fahrenheit water with any synthetic fabrics.* Launder.

*Synthetic Fabrics are: Acetate, Acrylic, Polyester, Nylon, Olefin, Triacetate and anything labeled static-resistant, wrinkle-resistant, permanent-press, no-iron, stain-proof or moth-repellant