Stain Removal Tips

See below for stain removal guide for washable fabrics. If your garment care label specifies Dry Clean only; please take your garment to your nearest Looksmart Alterations branch providing Dry Cleaning service for advice.
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blood stains

Blood Stains

If you get blood stains on your garment, try and treat it as soon as possible. Once the blood has had time to set it will be harder to get the stain out of the garment. After cleaning off the excess blood by gently blotting with cold water and a cloth, try the tips below.

• Rinse under cold water. If it is a stubborn blood stain try and soak the blood in cold water while rubbing the affected area with your fingers until the blood comes off. You can also soak in cold water overnight. Do not use hot water as it will only set the stain.

• If stain does not come off try soaking garment in Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder. Or you can try mixing equal parts of water and ammonia. You can also mix a little bit of salt with water.

• If the stain will not come off despite trying various methods you may want to try blotting a little bit of Hydrogen Peroxide on the stain and then immediately rinse. Beware Hydrogen Peroxide is a bleaching agent which can also remove colour and break down the fabric fibers of your garment.

candle wax removal

Candle Wax

Candle wax can be effortlessly removed, just follow these simple steps below.

1. Scrape off the excess wax.

2. Place garment between paper towels.

3. Press stained area with a warm iron. Do not use the steam feature.

4. Replace paper towels as needed until all wax is removed.

5. Launder garment.

Chewing gum removal

Chewing Gum

If you have chewing gum on your garment try following the steps below to remove it.

1. Remove excess gum.

2. Hold ice cube on the gum until it is hard.

3. Scrape off the chewing gum by using a blunt flat object like a butter knife.

4. Launder garment.

If the process above does not work: Try inserting the garment into a bag with the gum facing upwards and then place the bag in the freezer for a few minutes until the gum has harden, then scrape off. Alternatively you can also try dabbing a little bit of Gasoline or WD40 and then scrape off.

dirt and mud stains

Dirt and Mud Stains

Dirt and mud stains are one of the most difficult stains to remove from garments. Follow the tips below to help remove the stain.

1. Remove excess dirt with a vacuum cleaner or butter knife. If it is mud, let it dry then remove the excess. Do not use water as it will only make it spread.

2. Treat stain with a stain remover like Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Gel.

3. Launder garment

For stubborn dirt and mud stains: Try soaking the garment for 2 hours or more then launder. If stain has set, soak for a few hours (remember to read garments care instructions). Try Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder for soaking.

oil and grease stains

Oil and Grease

There are numerous stain removal products available to remove oil and grease stains. Follow the steps below to remove the stain.

1. Remove excess oil or grease.

2. Apply a pre-wash oil and grease stain remover like Vanish Preen Ultra Degreaser Trigger spray. Leave for 5 minutes

3. Launder garment.

If the stain is not completely removed: repeat the steps above.

If you do not have any pre-wash stain remover available: try gently rubbing white vinegar onto the stain and then launder as usual.

wine stains

Wine Stains

To remove wine stains follow the steps below;

1. Remove excess immediately by adding salt to the stain and pressing it with a paper towel to remove the excess. You will notice the salt turn pink as it soaks up the red wine. You can also rinse with cold soda water. If the wine is red pour some white wine on top for the stain before using the soda water.

2. Mix warm water and Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder and soak garment for 2 hours. Check the care label to ensure you can use warm water.

3. Launder garment.

You can also try: covering the stain with baking soda and then blot some white vinegar on top. Remove the excess then launder.

grass stains

Grass Stains

Grass stains are common especially when you have kids. How about those stains on your knees from doing the gardening? No need to throw out the garment, just follow the steps below to remove the stain.

1. Treat stain with an enzyme product like Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Gel or powder if soaking required.

2. Launder garment.

You can also try the below if you do not have any pre-soak product available.

1. Mix warm water with vinegar.

2. Pre-wash garment in mixture.

3. Launder garment.

ink stains

Ink Stains

Water based ink is usually easy to remove as long as it hasn't set, just follow the steps below.

1. Remove the fresh ink stain immediately by pressing a paper towel against the area. Do not use water as it will only make the ink spread.

2. Place ink stain facing down on paper towel.

3. Apply either a little bit of rubbing alcohol or hairspray to the back of the stain. Gently rub in with fingers.

4. Launder garment in the warmest water temperature the garment allows (ensure you check garment label before using warm water).

If it is permanent ink: Stain will be very difficult and highly unlikely to be removed it is advised you take the garment to the dry cleaner for expert advise.

make up stains

Makeup Stains

Makeup stains are generally easy to remove by following the steps below. Try and treat lipstick stains immediately as it can become a little more difficult when it has had time to set.

1. Remove excess.

2. Apply a stain remover like Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Gel and leave on for 5 minutes.

3. Launder garment.

For stubborn makeup stains: Soak garment in Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder (or a similar stain removal product) and then launder.

To reduce the chances of lipstick stains - always remember to leave application until the end (once you have all your clothes on).

Tips Disclaimer: If for any unfortunate reason your garment is damaged in the process of following our clothing care or stain removal tips Looksmart does not accept any responsibility for the damages. If you are not sure whether to try the tips on your garments, contact one of our branches for more information.