Remove The 7 Laundry Stains Of Valentine's Day

  • 01 of 08

    Remove The 7 Laundry Stains Of Valentine's Day

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    Valentine's Day may be filled with romance but there are still laundry stains to deal with the next day including candle wax, lipstick, chocolate and those bed sheets.

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  • 02 of 08

    Laundry After the Lovin'

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    Stains on fabrics that occur after sexual activity can contain semen, vaginal fluid, spermicide and lubricants. Semen and vaginal fluids are protein stains and should be treated with cold water first to prevent "cooking" the stains and setting them more deeply in the fabrics. However, many lubricants and spermicides are silicone based and create oily stains that require warmer water to lift them from the fabric.This is especially important for bed linens that contain polyester or...MORE synthetic fibers which bond more tightly to oily products.

    To remove the stains (wet or dry) from washable fabrics, begin by holding the stain face down and flooding the area with cold running water. This will force the stain away from the fabric fibers. Work a stain remover (Shout, Zout or Vaska Spotoff) or a bit of heavy duty liquid laundry detergent that has enough enzymes to break down the oily component into the stain as a pretreater to remove the stains. Allow the stain remover to work for 5 to 10 minutes and then wash following the care tag directions.

    If the fabric is dry clean only, sponge the stained area with a wet clean white cloth. Do not rub, just sponge to lift the stain and take the garment to a professional cleaner.

     

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  • 03 of 08

    Valentine's Day Chocolates

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    Nothing says Valentine's Day like a box of chocolates. Unfortunately, chocolate can cause some tough stains to remove from clothes. Chocolate is a combination stain - a bit of an oil stain, a bit of a dye stain. For washable clothes and linens, begin by rubbing a bit of heavy-duty liquid detergent like Tide or Wisk into the stain. Wash the garment as recommended on the care tag with an all-fabric bleach and detergent. Check for stain before placing the garment in the dryer. If it is still...MORE present, repeat steps BEFORE tossing in the dryer on high heat.

    If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the kit's dryer bag.

     

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  • 04 of 08

    Candle Wax Drips

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    Candlelight is romantic but the wax drip stains are not. If the wax has not hardened, place an ice cube on the stain to freeze the wax. You do not want to try to remove hot wax because, most likely, you will push the stain deeper into the fibers of the fabric. When the wax is hard, use a dull kitchen knife, your fingernail or the edge of a credit cared to gently pick it up off the fabric.

    Next, treat the oily/waxy component of the stain with a stain remover like Shout or with a bit of a heavy...MORE duty detergent like Wisk or Tide. Allow the stain remover to work for 10 to 15 mintues and rinse in hot water. Next, wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric using detergent and an all-fabric bleach to remove any dye in the stain.

    If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

     

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  • 05 of 08

    Lipstick and Make-up Traces

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    For the sake of relationship harmony, let's hope that the make-up stains you find are the right shade...

    Lipstick and make-up stains can be tough because they are often oily and have some pretty powerful dyes. Most will require pretreating before washing. Located the stains on washable fabrics and use a stain remover like Shout or Zout or rub with a bit of heavy-duty liquid detergent or a paste made of powdered detergent and water. Allow the solution to work for 10 to 15 minutes and then and...MORE rinse in hot water. Next, wash in the hottest water suitable for the fabric using detergent and an all-fabric bleach to remove the dye in the stain.

    If all of the color does not come out, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.

    If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

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  • 06 of 08

    Mascara Stains

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    As you can imagine, waterproof mascara is more difficult to remove from fabrics than washable mascara. These stain removal steps will work for clothes as well as towels and bed linens.

    Dampen the with a pretreater like Shout or Zout or with a bit of heavy-duty liquid detergent or a paste made of powdered detergent and water. Allow the formula to work for about 10 or 15 minutes and then rinse in hot water. Next, wash in the hottest water recommended for the fabric (read the care tag) using detergen...MOREt and an all-fabric bleach to remove the dye in the stain.

    If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

     

     

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  • 07 of 08

    Red Wine Spills

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    When the spill happens, blot up the stain with a damp white cloth. Do not rub, just blot. Then, as soon as possible for washable garments, dilute the spot with club soda or cool water, sprinkle heavily with salt and flush again with water.

    If the stain is set, apply a paste of borax and water. Allow to sit for at least 15 minutes and then wash as usual. Repeat treatment if necessary BEFORE drying.

    If the garment is dry clean only, take it to the cleaner as soon as possible and point out and...MORE identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.

     

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  • 08 of 08

    Flower Pollen

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    The traditional Valentine's Day flower - roses - don't cause too many pollen stains. But, if you give lilies, watch out!

    First, NEVER rub the pollen with your hand or a cloth. You will only push the dye deeper into the fabric. Take the fabric outside and shake off the pollen. Or, use a piece of tape to pick up the pollen grains. The trick is to keep the pollen from penetrating the fibers.

    For washable fabrics, soak the garment in a solution of cold water and oxygen based bleach (OxiClean, T...MOREide OXI, or Country Save Bleach are brand names) for at least 30 minutes - longer is better, up to 8 hours. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water.  If the stain is still present, repeat the process with a fresh batch of solution.

    After soaking, wash the garment as recommended on the care label. Do not dry garment until the stain is completely removed.

    If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If possible, tell him the type of flower that caused the stain. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.