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Spring is officially here, and with that comes lots of outdoor activities; camping trips, yard work, kids playing outdoors and picnics.  Along with those outdoor activities come stains such as mud and grass stains, just to name a few.  Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when treating those stains before it’s too late:

GRASS STAINS


  1. Never use ammonia, degreaser or alkaline detergents because they will permanently set the stain.
  2. Use a liquid or powder detergent that contains enzymes and a stain remover such as bleach.  Mix detergent with water and soak the stained area for 10 – 15 minutes, then scrub!  Rinse with cold water and wash normally.  If the stain isn’t completely gone, repeat but DO NOT place in the clothes dryer until the stain is removed.  Otherwise it will “set” the stain.
  3. Isopropyl rubbing alcohol – wet a sponge with alcohol and scrub the stained area.  Rinse and let it air dry.  Repeat if the stain isn’t completely gone.  Once it is, wash normally.
  4. Bleach and hydrogen peroxide – mix equal parts bleach and peroxide and mix three parts of cold water. Pour on the stained area and let it soak for about an hour.  Rinse and wash as normal.
  5. Shout – Shout is an excellent product.  Apply directly to the stained area, rubbing it in well as you apply.  Let stand about 10 minutes, wash normally.
  6. On all of the treatments above, check to see if stain is gone before drying in clothes dryer.  If it’s not, the heat from the dryer will permanently set the stain.
  7. Dry clean only – if your item is dry clean only, do not attempt to remove the stain yourself.  Take to your favorite dry cleaner, and point it out to them.

MUD STAINS


  1. First, allow the stained clothing to dry.
  2. Brush over the stained area with a stiff brush and remove as much dried mud as possible.
  3. Soak in a mixture of laundry detergent and cold water for about 15 minutes.  Remove from water and scrub the stained area again with the stiff brush.  Rinse, and repeat if necessary.
  4. Once you’ve removed all you can by soaking and scrubbing, wash normally.  Check the stained area prior to drying in the clothes dryer to avoid setting the stain.
  5. Shout is also good for removing mud from clothing.  Rub on the stained area, let stand for about 10 minutes and wash normally.

Always remember, your dry cleaner is your best source for information on how to properly remove stains and to clean your clothing and linens.  We’re just a phone call away!

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