4 Types of Common Clothing Stains and How to Remove Them

Does it seem like no matter how hard you try your brand-new blouse or favorite tee-shirt always seems to catch a stain? Well, there are many types of stains that we encounter on a regular basis, but the four most common are arguably paint, grease, sweat, and wine! If you have dealt with clothing stains like these, it is time to learn how to clean them away and never live in fear of spilling your evening Merlot on your best dress ever again.

Continue below to learn right now!

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Get Rid of These 4 Pesky Stains!

Sweat Stains

Whether you have a gym rat in the family, or you suffer from hyperhidrosis, you likely need a remedy for sweat stains on clothing, particularly the armpits. One of the most effective ways to get rid of perspiration stains is to pre-treat armpit stains with an enzyme-based stain remover, such as OxiClean® Max Force Laundry Stain Remover Spray, or Zout® Triple Enzyme Formula Laundry Stain Remover Spray. Simply pre-treat the affected area, and then launder as usual.

You can also make a solution of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Combine equal parts (1/4 cup of each is plenty for one shirt) of water, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda. Next, apply it directly to the stained areas, then scrub it in with your scrubbing brush. When thoroughly scrubbed in, rinse clean with water.

Grease Stains

The upside to having a fresh grease stain on your garment is that there is a product on the market that is proven to combat grease, and it’s safe on clothing! Simply reach for the Dawn liquid dish soap to remove grease stains from clothes. Apply a generous amount with your fingers, rub it in, then rinse it away with clean water. You may have to repeat these steps a few times, but the formula in the detergent works well at pulling the grease up and out of clothing fibers.

Paint Stains

Because different paints react to different removal methods, the first step to cleaning paint off of your clothes is finding out which type of paint you are dealing with. For latex paint, use a butter knife to scrap the dry paint off inside and out. Next, run your garment under warm water and then blot it dry using a paper towel. Last, flip it inside out, rinse it again, treat it with liquid detergent, then launder as usual.

For acrylic paint stains, scrape off as much paint as you can, then blot the affected area with paint thinner using a cotton ball or paper towel. Do this inside and out, and then blot it again using liquid detergent. Finish by washing it in the laundry as you usually would.

Red Wine Stains

Spilling or splattering red wine on your clothes can really put a damper on the whole experience of having a glass or two of wine to begin with. But did you know you can easily remove a fresh red wine stain from your clothes using white wine? It’s true! The white wine has the same consistency and density as red wine, so by pouring some white over a red wine spill, you push the red wine up and out of the clothing fibers, making it easier to blot and rinse away.

This method is not recommended for light or white clothing. For garments of these hues, remove red wine by combining Dawn dishwashing soap and hydrogen peroxide, then applying generously over the stain. Let is soak all the way in, and then launder as usually immediately. This usually does the trick!

Do you need some professional clothing repairs? Contact Yong’s Alterations at 317-845-9077 for prompt and affordable alterations in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide a wide range of services for men, children, women, costumes, and home décor, but specialize in wedding dress alterations.

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