Our Laundry Tips
How to Remove Tough Stains
Life gets messy, and stains are bound to happen – even tough ones. But with these handy tips, you’ll soon learn how to remove stains easily.
The science of stains
When something like red wine, sauce, oil or blood comes into contact with your clothes, it coats the fibres of the fabric. This means that instead of seeing the colour of the material, you see the colour of the substance that caused the stain.
Regardless of what causes a stain on your clothes, try to treat it immediately for the best result in keeping your clothes looking newer for longer.
General Tips for Removing Stains
- For any stain, the best thing is to wash it out using cold water immediately.
- Never iron over stained laundry, as this will leave a permanent stain.
- Prevention is better than cure – using a good laundry detergent helps to eliminate stains, don’t forget to use Sta-soft according to your laundry’s needs.
- If a stain persists, don’t experiment – take your garment to a professional, such as a dry cleaner or laundromat.
Tips for removing tough stains
We’ve all been there — spilt red wine on a favourite skirt, a grease stain on hubby’s pants, or blood on that aspiring soccer star’s sport’s uniform. Follow these stain removal tips to save your clothes from tough stains.
Removing red wine stains
This is a common stain that sends anyone into a panic but removing a red wine stain is actually simple.
- For fresh red wine stains, apply bicarbonate of soda, salt, white vinegar or even soda water to the area. Let this soak up the wine before you wash as normal.
- Get yourself some white wine if you notice a red wine stain after it’s happened. No, really. Spread some white wine on the stain, let it soak into the fabric for a few hours, and then wash as normal.
- You could also soak the stain in cold milk for a few hours before washing your garment as normal.
- Whatever you do, don’t iron over the stain or put the garment into the tumble dryer until it's removed, as this will make the stain even more difficult to get rid of.
Removing oil and grease stains
Oil and grease stains can be tough to get out of clothing as these substances are insoluble. But, with a bit of elbow grease, you can get rid of these tough stains.
- For fresh grease stains, sprinkle them with baby powder or cornstarch and place a piece of paper towel or a few layers of toilet paper over this. Then iron over the paper towel using a low temperature setting. The powder will absorb the grease from the fibres of the fabric.
- Just like your trusted liquid soap gets rid of grease on your knives and forks, it can also take care of older grease stains on clothing. Rub your liquid soap into the area of the stain without any water using your finger.
- Once you’ve done this, wash the item of clothing in the hottest water possible.
Removing blood stains
When it comes to removing blood stains, acting fast is your best bet.
- Soak the piece of clothing in cold water immediately, rubbing your fingers over the area to remove as much of the blood as you can, and then wash as normal.
- Never use hot water to treat blood stains, as this will make the blood set into the fabric’s fibres.
- If you are treating an old or dried blood stain, wash the garment in cold water and ammonia (a household cleaning agent available at supermarkets and specialist cleaning suppliers).
The above tips are provided for informational purposes only. Colgate does not accept any liability should the below recommendations have a contrary result to the intended result. Always seek the advice of a qualified professional. Never disregard professional advice or delay seeking it because of something you have read in this article.
Here are the ABC's for taking care of your garments when they have stains. Often stains can be stubborn, but following this guide, you can choose the best stain removal for the situation and find that many can be eliminated.
- If a stain resists, do not experiment. Leave the garment in the hands of a professional.
- Do not iron stained laundry as you will only settle the stain in.
- The immediate stain removal action taken is very important: wash the stain out with cold water immediately to prevent the stain from settling in.
- Use a good detergent to help eliminate any stains on your garments, and don´t forget to use Sta-Soft according to your laundry´s needs
Common Kitchen Essentials for Stain Removal
Lemons or Lemon Juice
- Before washing the garment, rub any oil stains with liquid soap while dry and without adding any water. Be careful if the fabric is washed cotton, because the stain may form a white ring.
- You can also sprinkle the stain with baby powder, and then place a piece of toilet paper over the powder. Iron over the toilet paper at a very low temperature – this allows the powder to absorb the grease, and will help the stain on the garment disappear.
Let the stain dry, and remove all residues possible by carefully scraping it. Apply butter, margarine or olive oil on any remaining stains and rub it with a clean cloth. Then wash as directed by the label.
Apply some paint thinner (turpentine oil) on the stain and wash as directed by the label.
- Dilute an egg yolk in water and rub the stain, and then rinse only with cold water.
- A second option is to rub the stain with equal amounts of vinegar and alcohol, then wash and dry the garment as directed by the label.
First, remove all the wax possible from the garment by scraping it. Then place the fabric between two pieces of paper towels or parchment paper and iron the stain at medium temperature. This makes the wax stick to the paper. Then wash the garment as directed by the label.
- You should rub the stain with a mixture of ¼ parts vinegar and ¾ parts water. Following this rinse with water.
- If this does not work, spray the stain with a little hydrogen peroxide and then soak in water with a few drops of ammonia. Then wash the garment as directed by the label.
1. Rub the stain with ice or put the garment in the freezer inside a plastic bag to harden the gum.
2. Remove as much of the hardened gum as possible by scraping it.
3. Then wash the garment as directed by the label.
If you have a garment with a deodorant stain, try to dissolve the stain by soaking it in detergent and warm water. Then wash as directed by the label.
Use nail polish remover or acetone on the stain (do not use on synthetic fabrics such as acetates, or bright colors, or black, because you can spread the stain). Then wash the garment as directed by the label.
- Wash with soap and water and then rub them with a cloth soaked in alcohol.
- If traces of fruit remain, you must first remove by scraping. Then apply some coarse salt on the stain and brush. Finally, put a damp cloth on it, all preferably immediately after the stain occurs.
- If the spots are from red fruits, you should make a mixture of water and detergent. Apply the mixture on the stain and let it dry. Then wash the garment as usual.
Wash clothes with warm water. If the stain persists, dilute hydrogen peroxide in water and apply on the stain using a cotton ball.
To remove a mildew stain from your clothing, make a paste with vinegar and baking soda, apply it on the stain and leave it on for a while and then wash the garment as directed by the label.
Remove any excess sauce from clothing. Then rinse with detergent and water and let the garment soak overnight. Wash as usual the next day.
- Sprinkle a little salt on the stain, then squeeze a little lemon juice and leave it on the garment overnight. Then wash as usual.
- If you do not want to use lemon, use vinegar the same way.
- Check if the glue has a single component, because unfortunately strong glue stains and / or combined cannot be removed. If not, try to remove the stain with nail polish remover or acetone (do not use on synthetic fabrics).
- You can also try soaking the garment for a few hours with a mixture of warm water and vinegar, and then wash the garment as usual.
- For oily paints and varnish, clean the stain with a sponge soaked in turpentine or commercial paint solvent before washing.
- If a garment has been stained with resin, soak the stain with olive oil and then rub thoroughly with water and detergent, then put your garment in the washing machine and you're done!
- Beet stains can be removed by rubbing the affected area with a clean, damp cloth. Then let the garment soak an hour and wash as usual.
- If after that the stain has not come out, try adding a little lemon juice to water or using soap.
- If the stain is recent, immediately rinse the garment with cold water and wash as directed on label. Never wash the garment in hot water.
- If the blood stain has dried, it is best to wash the garment with water and ammonia.
- To remove pen ink stains, soak the garment overnight with liquid detergent. Then wash as directed on label.
- You can also dip the stain in warm milk or lemon juice for an hour and then rinse with water.
- You should soak the stain for a few hours in cold milk, then wash your garment as usual.
- You can also remove the stain by spreading white wine on the stain. Soak for a few hours and then wash the garment as usual.
- If you dropped wine on a white shirt or blouse, try to soak the affected area in boiled milk. If it is colored, gently rub the stain with cold water mixed with a little ammonia.
- Mix a little liquid soap with hydrogen peroxide and rub mix on the stain. If it does not come out, add a bit more peroxide to the mixture.
Rub the stain with a raw potato and later wash the garment with soap and water.
- To remove sweat stains from your clothes, it is best to soak them with water and vinegar.
- Try using a deodorant that is specially formulated to prevent stains on clothing.
Soak garment in cold water for an hour. Then wash as usual. If the stain does not come off, try removal with a mixture of white vinegar and alcohol.
Blot up any excess sauce with a clean cloth.
Soak the stain in a solution of 1 litre warm water, 1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes.
Rinse with water.
Sponge the remaining stain with surgical spirits and wash as normal as soon as possible.
- Sort the clothes by type of fabric (cotton, wool, silk, synthetic, etc.) so that you can easily select the best washing and ironing settings.
- Empty pockets, remove belts, jewelry and other accessories before storing or washing to prevent damage or bulging on the garments.
- If washing the garment for the first time, make sure to remove any labels or tags on the garment.
- Cotton is ideal for washing machines.
- To make ironing easier use Sta-Soft® fabric conditioner. (Try Sta-Soft Complete range which has an easy-ironing benefit)
- If the fabric contains cotton plus other fabrics, wash according to most delicate fabric.
Silk and rayon are soft and delicate fabrics that require special care. Here are our tips:
- Do not spin-dry or wring silk or viscose items.
- Wrap the garments in cloth and "knead" until the excess water is removed.
- Preferably hand wash with detergent and warm water. Some silk garments allow machine washing at low temperatures, check the label.
- Lay out flat and iron when garment is still damp.
- Iron at low temperatures, preferably when slightly damp or inside out to prevent it from looking shiny.
- Do not splash water on this type of fabric, as it can stain.
Protect these fibers from heat; they shrink in the dryer.
- Cashmere is a very delicate and typically expensive fabric, you should always hand wash using detergent for delicate fabrics.
- Hand wash cashmere in cold water and detergent. You should not wring.
- Use Sta-Soft® fabric conditioner and your garment will retain an irresistible fragrance, as if it was always freshly washed.
- You must let the garment dry naturally: if ironing is necessary, do it at low temperatures while the garment is still damp.
- Wash wool with cold water and lay it to dry flat over a towel.
- Dry wool clothing at room temperature, away from heat and sunlight. Do not use the dryer.
- Wash clothes with brocade by hand with cold water and a detergent for delicate clothes.
- Never wring a brocade garment.
- Always iron inside out over a towel to protect the embroidery.
- While denim is a very durable fabric, it also needs care.
- Machine wash separately to avoid discoloring.
- Wash denim inside out and remember to zip up before putting the clothes into the washer.
- Lace garments are very delicate and should be washed and dried very carefully.
- It is best to use a gentle and mild detergent for garments made of lace.
- Never use bleach as lace may become yellow.
- Dry flat on a white towel and away from direct sunlight.
- Washing is rarely permitted. For best results please check the label.
- Maintain the appearance of the garment by rubbing the suede with a brush or with another piece of suede.
- Although a tough fabric, it does require care.
- It is best to iron when the garment is still damp.
Did you know that white, black or brightly colored garments require special care? Here are some tips to help keep your clothes looking new.
- Before washing the new colored clothes in your washing machine, do a test in the sink with detergent and water to see if the color runs. If the color runs, you will need to hand wash.
- If line drying, whenever possible, hang clothes in the shade. Direct exposure to the sun tends to discolor and stain your clothing.
- Follow directions on the label, and separate clothes by color and type of cycle. Separate the whites from the darks, and don't mix the bright colors with black and white.
- Use Sta-Soft Complete to give your clothes an irrestible freshness and protect their colour, making them look bright and new for longer
- Before you put your new clothes in the washer, test in the sink with detergent and water and see if the color runs. If the color runs, you will need to hand wash.
- Always wash black clothes separately.
- If line drying, never expose your black clothes to the sun. Hang them in the shade and inside out.
- Use a cloth to iron over dark garments so that it doesn’t create shine marks, or iron inside out.
- Keep your washing machine clean to prevent spots and lint on your black clothes.
- Make sure all white clothes have the same washing instructions.
- Separate items that release lint from those that don't to avoid ruining your clothes.
- Wash with hot water as directed by the label. Avoid washing nylon, lycra, spandex with hot water.
- If your clothes are very dirty. Soak in water with detergent for 2 hours before washing.
- If you want whiter clothes, use bleach. Follow the instructions on the bottle.
- Use Sta-Soft® Complete to give your clothes an incredible fragrance and help your clothes last longer.
Each type of apparel requires different care. Home apparel, dress apparel, baby apparel ... should not only be maintained according to fabric and colour, but for its use. We provide you with very useful tips to preserve your apparel longer!
- The most important thing is that you use a mild detergent meant for garments.
- If you are washing fine fabrics such as linen and crochet or embroideries, wash them separately in laundry bags designed for these.
- Before washing, empty pockets, close zippers (they damage other items in the load of laundry when open), lace buttons and ribbons, pockets inside out, raise collars, and sew anything torn.
- Use cold water to wash your delicates. Hot water may discolor or damage your fabrics.
- You can wash delicates in the washing machine by using cold water and a gentle cycle setting. Avoid wringing.
- Remove the water from these garments by hand, without wringing or twisting.
- If ironing is necessary, patterned garments should be ironed inside out.
- Embroidered garments should be ironed inside out to highlight its design.
- Use Sta-soft Complete to give your clothes an irrestible freshness and protect their colour, making them look bright and new for longer
- Baby clothes should be loose, comfortable, and easy to put on and remove. It is advisable that they be open at the chest or back, and without any lace or excessive decorations that could pose a risk to your baby’s safety.
- Ideally, baby clothes should be made from natural fabrics, preferably cotton. Avoid synthetic fabrics, wool or lint producing cloths.
- A newborn's clothing should be washed separately from that of other family members with a neutral, soft and specialized detergent.
- You should not use bleach on your baby's clothes.
- Use Sta soft Baby Fabric Conditioner which is Hypo-allergenic and for your baby's delicate skin.
Washing Sheets and Towels
Useful tips for your linens and towels:
- It is very important to keep the towels and bed sheets clean and dry, because proper hygiene keeps our families healthy & safe.
- Linens and towels should be regularly washed.
- If using a dryer, avoid over drying, as it will lead to wrinkling.
- When the dryer cycle ends, take out linens immediately, iron manually and fold. Using Sta-Soft® fabric conditioner will make ironing easier.
- If you want to give your bed a perfect finish while making it, iron just the top of your sheets.
Tips for washing your baby’s clothes
As a mother, caring for your baby’s delicate skin is one of your biggest concerns. Which is why Sta-soft Baby is hypo-allergenic and specially formulated for your little one’s precious skin and clothes, giving you one less thing to worry about.
Deciding which baby washing liquid or fabric conditioner to use for your baby’s clothing can be difficult. When looking, it is important to take note of the ingredients used and any allergens found in the laundry products.
Sta-soft Baby is gentle enough to use on your baby's skin, with no hidden ingredients or allergies. It is a hypo-allergenic fabric conditioner that is specially formulated for sensitive skin, making it suitable for you, and your little one. Gentle and soothing, Sta-soft Baby offers unbeatable softness while leaving your baby’s clothing feeling beautifully fresh and soft, wash after wash.
Tips for washing your little one’s clothes:
- Use a laundry detergent and fabric softener that is specially formulated for babies, such as Sta-soft Baby - which is hypoallergenic and gentle to use on delicate skin.
- Bleach can sometimes cause skin rashes/irritation and is therefore not recommended for your baby's clothes, or delicate skin
- Wash your baby’s clothing separately
- Wash new baby clothes first to remove any potential finishes on the fabric that may irritate your little one’s delicate skin
- Follow the washing instructions on the back of pack. Check that the correct amount of fabric conditioner, temperature and cycle on your washing machine is being used for the type of fabric that is being washed
Your baby’s delicate skin deserves only the gentlest touch. Wash your little one’s clothes with Sta-soft Baby and enjoy the hypo-allergenic and specially formulated benefits carefully designed with your baby’s delicate skin in mind.