True or false about treating tough stains

“While it’s always recommended to treat clothing stains as quickly as possible, some stains are just so tough — grass, ink, blood, grease, etc. — that it’s even more important to pre-treat them right away,” advises the American Cleaning Institute.

It’s always best to test a hidden area of the fabric first, in case the fabric is too delicate. Also, if you haven’t already tried enzyme detergents, get some. They are specially formulated to break down the proteins that are in most stubborn stains.

True or false? You should wait for mud to dry before you try and clean it.

True: After it dries, brush off as much as you can, use gentle detergent and water to rub the fabric, and wash in an enzyme detergent.

True or false? A dull knife can be useful in stain removal.

True: Before working on a stain for things like wax or syrup, first use a blunt knife to remove any excess.

It’s also not a bad idea to keep a to-go stain remover stick in your purse, car or bag in case you aren’t near a washer.

Nancy Nelson38 Posts

Nancy Nelson is the Meadowlark Extension District agent in the areas of family and child development.

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