What You Need:
*When more than one product is named, use the product that is named first; if this is unsuccessful, rinse and proceed to the next product.
- Place stained area face down onto white paper towels. Saturate area from back with nail polish remover and allow it to absorb into paper towels. Repeat, moving to a clean area of paper towel. Rinse. Do NOT use acetone or nail polish remover on acetate or triacetate fabric.
To attack a stain on fabric, you must know something about it. Be a detective and ask the following:
- What is the material (e.g. cotton, cotton blend, polyester, acrylic, rayon, silk, wool)?
- Is there a care label and what does it say? If it says to dry-clean the garment, that should be your first choice of treatment. Fabric or construction details can be damaged by washing a dry-clean-only fabric.
- What is the stain or, judging by its position on the garment, what is it most likely to be?
- How old is the stain? Stain removal is much more successful if the stain is fresh.
Tips to help you do stain removal on washable fabrics:
- Have a few basic stain removal products in your home. We recommend:
- Sunlight Pure Soap, a bar that is great for laundry and other uses
- Mechanic’s waterless hand cleaner
- Spray oxy laundry pre-treater
- Powdered oxy cleaner.
- For small stains, work in suggested product using cotton-tipped swabs. For larger amounts, use cotton balls.
- Always test on an inconspicuous area of garment before applying to the stain.
- Follow instructions on stain removal product and care label on garment.
- Use warmest temperature of water that is recommended on the care label.
- Protect your working surface and/or put a pad of cloth behind stain before starting.
- For delicate fabrics, avoid rubbing vigorously as this could damage the fabric.
- Products with enzymes cannot be used on wool or silk.
- Acetone or acetone-containing products cannot be used on acetate or triacetate.
- It may be necessary to repeat the procedures as some stains are difficult to remove.
- Thoroughly wash out all products used.
- Be sure that the stain is completely removed before washing. Let the treated area air dry to determine if the stain has been completely removed after pre-treating. If it has been removed, wash and dry as usual.
When more than one product is named, use the product that is named first; if this is unsuccessful, rinse and proceed to the next product.