Introduction to stain removal
The Stain Guides: How to save your garments from savage eating, bad tanning and sloppy office habits
We all know what it's like to go too fast too soon, and then there you have it, a stain on your favourite shirt or pants. If you just would have waited a little while longer for the deodorant to dry, maybe you just should have brought a picnic blanket to the park or perhaps you could have been content with less ketchup on your hotdog. "Would've, should've, could've". But no need to panic, these things happen, and luckily there is often a very easy solution.
The rule of thumb when it comes to stain removal is persistency; some stains may require repeating the removal process several times. Another thing that is good to remember is that warm water can set some stains and make the removal of them more difficult, and therefore hot or warm water is recommended for fatty stains only. The messy eater's, or the unfortunate person's, best friend when it comes to food stain removal is normal dish detergent.
More difficult stains, food or not, can require a stain remover or well-tried home remedies - most of which are listed here. Some commercial stain removers can however contain bleach, which can cause color fade in darker garments, and therefore you should always check the remover's qualities, or do a test run of it on a small inconspicuous area of the garment, before using it.
Stain removal might feel hopeless, but you needn't worry, in this guide you'll find some tried and tested recommendations for some of the most common and tricky stains you may encounter.
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Below we’ve listed our recommended detergents, stain removers and softeners.