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Spring Stain Guide

Knock Out Your Tough Spring Stains


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Spring is here and it's time for all of us to enjoy the fun of sunshine, warm weather, fresh fruit and more. It's also time for us to refresh how to treat some of spring's toughest stains. Take a look at eight of spring's surprises that end up on your clothes.


– Pre-treat using laundry detergent or stain remover. Wash normally using color safe bleach. Be sure to check for colorfastness.


- Rinse in cold water. Apply stain remover or laundry detergent as a pre-treater. Wash normally according to tag directions.

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- Rinse in cold water. Apply stain remover or laundry detergent. Color-safe bleach may be needed. Wash normally.


- Wash with detergent in the hottest water appropriate to the fabric. Tough stains may need soaking with an enzyme presoak for 30 minutes. For tough berry stains use color safe bleach. Remember to test products in a hidden place for colorfastness.

Mud and Dirt

- Remove as much of the excess dirt as you can. Soak the clothing with a presoak for 30 minutes for a new stain. If the stain is old, it should soak for a few hours. Wash the clothing and rinse. If the stain remains, repeat the soaking again.


–Pre-treat with a stain remover or detergent that has enzymes. If the stain remains try using color safe bleach in the warmest water recommended on the clothing tag.

Greases and Oils

- Pre-treat with detergent and wash in warmest water. For really heavy stains, put clothing face down on a towel and apply stain remover to the back of the stain. Blot with a clean white cloth. Let sit. Rinse and wash.


- Pre-treat the area, Apply laundry detergent directly to the stain, massage in. Wash according to clothing directions. Don’t dry in the dryer or iron until the stain is removed. This causes stains to set in.

General Tips For Stains

    The warmer the water, the better the detergent or stain remover will work. Use the warmest water clothing is recommended for.
    Drying or ironing over a stain that hasn’t been completely removed can cause the stain to set permanently.
    Lemon juice will bleach stains from linens and cottons, but can damage colors. Test first.
    Repeat steps of prewashing and presoaking if the stain is not removed the first time.
If everything else fails, wear the same clothing the next time you are in the path of spring stains.
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