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We have all been there, an accidental splash of tea on a summery yellow dress, a slip in the garden while wearing beige coloured pants or a splattering of ink by a pen in the pocket of a blue formal shirt. The outcome is often an ugly stain appearing on a favourite piece of clothing. At times, we have even had to deal with instances where colour has transferred from one garment to another during wash. In an attempt to get rid of these stains, we have spent a huge amount of time scrubbing them, only to be disappointed with the results. We also noticed that we needed gentler stain removal techniques for coloured clothes as over scrubbing and incorrect home remedies could lead to the colour of the garment fading at the stained spot. Over time, we have been able to identify some easy-to-follow steps to remove stains from coloured clothes. Try these now!
There are three golden rules we must follow when it comes to stains:-
First, the earlier you start treating a stain, the easier it becomes to get rid of it.
Second, remove any excess amount of the stain on the garment by blotting (never rubbing) the area with clean water and an absorbent towel/paper towel.
Last, never put a garment in the dryer until the stain is completely removed. This is because we’ve experienced that the heat of the dryer causes the stain to set and makes it permanent.
How to Get Rid of Grass Stains
With kids at home, grass stains on clothes are inevitable. A simple cricket match in the ground can lead to a pile of clothes with those unsightly grass stains. However, with these simple steps, getting rid of them is a breeze.
Use a Regular Toothpaste
We have seen that grass stains can be easily removed with just two simple things- an old toothbrush and some plain white toothpaste. Make sure you always use the paste variety and not the gel variety of toothpaste. Before you begin, always do a patch test on an inconspicuous part of the garment to avoid any damage. Then squeeze out a small amount of the paste onto the stain.
Scrub Gently in Circular Motion
Now dip the old toothbrush in some clean water and scrub away the stain. Use gentle circular motions without applying too much pressure.
Repeat the Process
In case the stain remains, repeat the process and also treat the remaining stains if any.
Rinse Thoroughly with Cold Water
Rinse the stained area well with cold water so that there is no trace of toothpaste on the garment.
Wash the Garment
Once the stain is removed, wash the treated clothes with a detergent like Surf Excel Matic Liquid as usual. We find this product ideal for our coloured clothes as it removes even tough stains while retaining the original colour of the fabric. Even after multiple washes with the product, the colour of our clothes did not fade and they looked as good as new!
How to Get Rid of Blood Stains
A bruised knee, a bloody gash on the hand made by a knife in the kitchen- such accidents often result in your clothes getting blood-stained and these stains can prove to be quite difficult to get rid of.
Make a Paste with Baking Soda
Make a paste of water and baking soda. The quantities would depend on how large the stain is.
Allow Some Resting Period
We have seen that the paste should be allowed to sit for at least 30 minutes to get rid of the stain effectively. If time permits, you can leave the paste on overnight too.
Wash the Garment
Wash the garment as usual with a good liquid detergent like Surf Excel Matic Liquid. We saw that being a liquid detergent, it dissolved quickly and did not leave any residue on the clothes or machine.
How to Get Rid Of Dye Stains
We all have dealt with the accidental transfer of colour/dye from one piece of clothing to another during washing. However, you can easily remove dye stains with some simple steps.
Separate the Clothing
It is best to separate the culprit garment from the other clothes. This will prevent any additional dye from transferring to the remaining clothes.
Read the Clothing Labels Carefully
Before you attempt to remove the dye stain, we recommend you carefully read the clothing labels. The labels clearly mention whether it's safe to use products like bleach and also what temperatures are ideal for washing the garment.
Try Rewashing with Liquid Detergent
We have seen that most of the dye stains can be removed easily by just rewashing the clothes with a liquid detergent like Surf Excel Matic Liquid. As stained clothes need to be washed in cold water, we find this product to be ideal as it works well in cold water.
Soak in Colour Safe Bleach
If rewashing does not help remove the dye stain, then you can soak the clothing in colour safe bleach. Always do a patch test before using bleach. Follow the instructions on the product label and then wash as usual.