Careful with the pasta sauce and Chianti, or spills and splatters on your clothing will have you seeing red.
Red stains on shirts, slacks, blouses and dresses can be frustrating, but also difficult to avoid, especially during holiday periods.
If your duds get doused, follow these general stain-removing tips:
- Treat stains as quickly as possible. The older the stain, the more difficult it is to remove.
- Before attempting to remove a stain, always read and follow the care instructions on the garment label.
- All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering.
- Test any stain remover on a corner of a washable fabric first to see how it reacts. Of course, some red stains are more difficult to remove than others.
- Whenever possible, treat stains from the back of the fabric. Place a spot downward on paper towels so the stain will come off the fabric instead of going through it.
HERE ARE HOME-TREATMENT INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE MOST COMMON RED STAINS:
Red wine: Pour some white wine on the affected area and soak it up. Then wash the garment in cold water and ammonia. Launder red wine stains with detergent in the hottest water safe for the fabric.
Cranberries: Sponge immediately with cool water. Later, soak the stain in warm water and enzyme pre-soak. Then, launder. If necessary, launder the garment again using chlorine beach if it is safe for use on the fabric.
Grape and berry juices: Treat with cool water first. Then, if necessary, soak in a chlorinated laundry bleach and rinse. White cottons and linens may be stretched over a basin and boiling water poured through. Any remaining stain may be removed with chlorinated laundry bleach.
Tomato juice: Sponge thoroughly with cold water first. Pre-treat the fabric with a laundry pre-soak (spot stain remover), leave for 30 minutes, then wash in the usual way. Rinse in warm water. Remove any remaining stain with chlorinated laundry bleach, as directed.
Tea: Treat the affected area with a stain remover. Gently rub the stain with a strong liquid detergent, or soak in warm water in an enzyme pre-soak, and wash according to care label. If the stain remains, launder with bleach deemed safe for fabric.
Lipstick: Rub undiluted liquid detergent into the stain until the outline of the stain is removed. If the stain remains after laundering, sponge with a pre-treatment solvent.
When in doubt, consult one of our garment care specialists at an OXXO Care Cleaners® near you or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re standing by ready to serve your every fabric care need.