It’s wedding season, which means your fancy occasion outfits will be out of their packing boxes. This is the best time of the year as you get to put on these fancy outfits for a fun evening event or stay cosy at home in the comfort of your woollen garments. Whether you are a social butterfly or a homebody, you can still wear your fancy fabrics like and feel great while doing so. The bad news is that these fancy clothes have a tendency to get stained fairly easily and the stains on these fabrics can be tough to remove. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways in which you can be rid of stains from fancy clothes with ease, no matter what they may be or where they happened to appear. The key is being prepared with the right stain removal techniques and products before the stain happens. Let’s explore the steps in which you can do that.
Steps to remove stains from fancy clothes
A stain might seem like a trivial problem when it occurs but it can ruin the entire wedding season for you. Whether it's food, drinks, grease or sweat that’s ruined your favourite piece of fancy clothing, follow these steps to remove the toughest kinds of stains.
STEP 1: Identify the type of stain
Depending on the type of stain you have, your approach to removal may need to be slightly different. Here are a few common clothing stains and their removal strategies.
Liquid Stains: Whether it’s a spill or a downpour, water stains are a common occurrence. Luckily, these stains can usually be removed easily. In fact, water stains are often the easiest to treat.
Food Stains: Food stains are among the most common clothing stains in this season. And while you can typically treat these with standard stain removal processes, you may need to use a different approach depending on the type of food stain you have. For example, if you have a dark gravy stain, you can use a cold water soak to help draw out the red from the garment. Grease stains like oil and ghee, on the other hand, are best treated with hot water. You can either utilize a wash-and-dry cycle at a high temperature or wash the clothes by hand in warm water.
STEP 2: Test the fabric colour
What is the most important aspect of stain removal for you?
If you are wearing your fancy outfit for the first time, chances are that it bleeds colour. As a precaution, you need to wash all new outfits separately and test the colour before adding it to your regular machine wash. As for removing the stains from such fabrics, you can adopt any strategy depending on the fabric type. But before you soak the fabric…
STEP 3: Quickly remove any excess stain
If the stain is fresh, you can try removing it using a white vinegar solution. Alternatively, you can apply drinking soda to the stain to help it break down. You can also use dry cleaning solvent or hydrogen peroxide to help lift the stain. Sticky stains, such as those from butter or ghee, can often be more easily removed if you remove the substance from the fabric as soon as possible. If applicable, you can use a comb to gently scrape away the sticky substance. Alternatively, you can use a solution of warm water and soap to clean the area.
GSC Tip: Before you soak or wash your fancy clothes, turn them inside out to reduce friction that leads to fading or other kinds of damage on the outside.
STEP 4: Soak the fabric in water
Certain substances, especially food and other liquids, can be difficult to remove if not done immediately. Fortunately, even these stains are not permanent. All you need to do is simply soak the garment in cold water to help draw out the stain. If you are dealing with wine stains, add some drinking soda or a standard stain remover to the water in which you soak the fabric. As mentioned above, sticky ghee or butter stains need hot water for complete removal.
STEP 5: Introduce a powerful liquid formula
After soaking the stained garment in water for an optimal amount of time, it’s time for a regular machine wash. Depending on the type of fabric, you may have to choose an appropriate cycle to avoid damaging your clothes. For complete stain removal, we also recommend adding a powerful liquid formula like Surf Excel Matic Power Concentrate that is tough on stains but gentle on clothes. This liquid concentrate is built to give 2X clean and a superior wash with deep stain-removal technology. With only half a cap of the liquid solution to a full load of the machine, you can remove the toughest stains as this innovative formula dissolves completely in the machine on its own without leaving any residue on the clothes.
Stains may be annoying, but they don't have to be permanent. With the right knowledge and techniques, you can treat and remove any type of stain from clothing. By identifying the type of stain you have and following the above-mentioned stain removal steps, you can treat most stains in a timely manner and get your clothes looking clean and new again. If you’re not sure how to remove a stain from clothing, you’ll want to first assess the type of fabric you’re dealing with. Some fabrics are more sensitive than others and may require a different approach. Here are some great hacks to remove stains from your fancy materials.
Stain removal tips for fancy materials
Any stains on your chiffon saris or hijabs can be removed with a quarter cup of laundry detergent and little baking soda. Soak the garment in lukewarm water and use a spot cleaner to target the stain.
Your crepe dresses can look new again in a regular wash with a powerful liquid formula like Surf Excel Matic Power Concentrate. The new-age technology ensures faster stain penetration while its new intense fragrance with modern and trendy notes delivers a delightful laundry experience, making it the ultimate solution not only for tough stain removal from special fabrics but also for protecting their original texture and feel.
Stains on lace materials are best hand-washed under cold water. Use your hands to gently dab a mixture of detergent powder and baking soda on the stain, let it stay for five minutes, and wash it off.
Whether it is a silk camisole or a traditional Kanjeevaram sari, a solution of drinking soda or lemon juice with water should remove any light stains. For darker stains, diluted alcohol or a stain remover is your friend. Gently dab the stain with a cotton ball before you wash.
GSC Tip: For flimsy garments, avoid the tumble drying option, as this can cause the delicate material to shrink. Instead, air dry these fabrics away from direct heat.
Frequently asked questions on stain removal
What stains are the toughest to remove from fancy clothes?
Food and drink stains are some of the hardest to remove from fancy clothes. While attending festivities, ensure you watch out for any dessert, wine or gravy spills. Additionally, stains from permanent markers, blood and poop are also tough to remove.
Can white vinegar damage my fancy clothes?
White vinegar contains acetic acid that is known to harm fabrics. However, the distillation of this acid in white vinegar is so low that it won’t harm your clothes. However, it is strong enough to remove any stains from them.
How do I remove stains quickly without washing?
Most stains require a soak for complete removal. However, if you are not in a situation to wash your clothes, you can use rubbing alcohol to remove the stain and dab it with a napkin. For oily or greasy stains, apply a mix of cornstarch or talcum powder and brush off the stain after some time.