Summer’s just around the corner, and you know what that means—awesome fun in the sun, picnics in the grass, and dirt stains on your favorite jeans…
Unfortunately, fun often comes at a price; often in the form of annoying stains from getting a little too carefree while you’re out and about.
A few stains don’t mean you have to dump any soiled materials. Almost any stain can be removed, you just have to use the right methods in the laundromat.
Here’s a handy guide on how to remove the 4 most common stains you’ll encounter if you’re having some clumsy fun:
Coffee stains are an early morning peril that transcends the seasons. But with our advice, they don’t have to be more than a minor inconvenience.
To start, dab as much of the liquid coffee as you can with a clean, dry cloth.
Then, soak the fabric in a mix of warm water, dishwashing detergent, and a teaspoon of white vinegar. Leave it in for 15 minutes.
Finally, rinse the stain with warm water, and use a sponge, cotton, and alcohol to clean up any remnants. You can then wash as normal.
They can be a little gross, but blood stains are pretty common for outdoor activities—and pretty hard to scrub off. You need to act fast while the stain is still fresh for the most effective cleansing.
First, use a clean cloth, cotton, or paper towel to dry the blood.
Then, get another clean piece of cloth and soak it in hydrogen peroxide. Squeeze the cloth and the stained section together until the peroxide soaks the blood stain. Leave it alone for about 20 minutes.
Rinse the fabric with cold water until the stain disappears. If you’re rinsing inside a basin, remember to change the water as it turns pink.
If any stain remains, spray some WD-40 on the stain and let it settle in for 3-5 minutes. After that, wash the fabric normally.
Wine stains are a common hassle of any summer picnic or dinner, but they’re not too hard to get rid of.
First, soak up the excess wine with a clean cloth: just dab and blot it, don’t rub it or else you risk spreading the stain deeper into the fabric.
Once the excess wine is gone, cover the stained area with salt and let it settle for a couple of minutes. The salt should absorb the wine color over time.
Finally, mix some cold water and enzyme detergent together, and soak the fabric overnight. The next day, you can wash the fabric normally.
Whether you like to frolic in the fields, or you’re washing a child’s clothes after football practice, grass stains are a part of summer life.
To get rid of them, start by soaking the fabric in warm water mixed with dishwashing soap.
Then, scrub the stain with a toothbrush or otherwise soft-bristled brush. If the stain isn’t removed by now, soak it in vinegar water for another half hour.
Finally, wash the fabric as normal.
We get it, stains are annoying; they happen unexpectedly and often at the worst times. If you need help removing them check out our laundry pickup and delivery service, we’ll be glad to handle the dirty work!