Some general and useful tips

  • Never iron fabric with a deodorant stain, as this will permantly damage the fabric.
  • Be very careful not to get suntan oils on garments as many of them will permanently stain.
  • Do not attempt to remove cosmetic stains yourself, as the color in cosmetics runs easily and enlarges the stain.
  • Never wash an egg stain in hot water - this will cause the stain to set.
  • The safest form of mild bleach for whitening all natural fibers is white vinegar.
  • A common fatal error is the use of acetone in home stain removal. Acetate fibers will dissolve in acetone - Don't attempt your own stain removal.
  • Some water spots on fabrics such as taffeta or silk can be removed by holding the fabric over steam (as from a kettle) and then ironing gently while damp.
  • If the stain is still wet, do not rub it, or you will spread it; absorb it with a paper towel.
  • Tips for stains

  • Never put a garment away with spills or stains on it. The warmth of a closet and exposure to natural or artificial light and to the atmosphere can contribute to setting a stain.
  • Bring in a stained garment as soon as possible, preferably within a few days, to prevent the stain from setting.
  • Do not iron stained or soiled clothes; this will set stains and drive the soil deeper into the fabric. Always have soiled clothes cleaned or washed before ironing.
  • Do not attempt home spot removal with either water or a cleaning fluid without testing first for color fastness Wet an unexposed area, such as an inside seam, and blot with a clean cotton towel or gauze to make sure the color is fast.
  • Never rub a stain, especially when attempting to remove a stain from silk. Blot the stained area with an absorbent dry cloth underneath. This will help remove the staining substance without spreading the stain and will avoid damaging the fabric.