How to remove Grease and pigment stains on clothes
Have you stained your new shirt with grease while you were under your car by changing the oil? Did you leave your lip balm in the pocket of your pants and wash them in the washing-machine? If you had the bad luck to spot a garment, you have ways to counter it. The following procedure will allow you to remove stains on your clothing and ensure that they remain flawless.
Regardless of whether it is a grease stain or paint, there is definitely a way to remove it using one or several methods listed below:
Method to remove grease stains:
Use your thumb to rub the stain with a small amount of detergent to wash dishes by hand and water. When the detergent starts to froth, pick up an old toothbrush and start rubbing the stain using circular motions. You should rub the stain from both sides of the fabric (eg, inside a shirt and out of it).
Wash the garment with laundry detergent alone. Follow the cleaning instructions on the garment label to the letter. When the garment is ready to dry, let it go outdoors. If you dry it in an overheated dryer, this could cause any remaining oil or grease to attach to the garment.
Instead of using detergent, you can also cover the garment with some multipurpose oil or lighter fluid. Multipurpose oil is effective in removing stains on some surfaces, such as some lighter fluids. Let the multi-purpose oil or lighter fluid sit on the garment for 20 minutes. Rinse the multi-purpose oil or lighter fluid by soaking the garment in hot water.
Method for Paint Stains:
· Use water: It is safe to use water on almost all fabrics, but is mainly useful for avoiding fixation. It can greatly lower the action of dye stains such as (hair dye, lipstick, etc.), but it will take a long time to dive for it to be effective on grease or oils. You will most likely need a stronger cleaning product than water to remove most stains.
· Use of salt. This is important as it can be effective in removing a stain when applied on top of it. This works on various blemishes, including blood, red wine and others.
· Use of hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is effective in reducing pigment stains, such as lipstick or grass. It should, however, be noted that it does not work well on grease.
· Bleach: Chlorine bleach alone is safe on white fabrics, and usually only on cotton.
· Glycerin : Use glycerin on ink stains and dyes. Glycerin removes stains from fabrics and is usually found in commercial bar stain removers.
· Mineral spirits: Mineral spirits are ideal for removing grease stains, such as paint, tar, asphalt and grease for machinery. Mineral alcohols should only be used on resistant fabrics.
· Use cleansing enzymes: Cleansing enzymes are found in commercial cleansers and are safe to use in inorganic fibers such as cotton. Usually, these cleansers are used to remove organic stains, such as blood, egg yolk, sweat, , urine, etc.
After completing all the previous methods, immediately place your garment in the washing machine or thoroughly wash it by hand. This will cause both the solvent and the stain to rinse completely from the fabric, leaving the garment flawless.
Warning: Never wash and dry the garment until, first, you try to remove the stain.
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