How to Spot Clean Stains on
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From landing ketchup on your shirt to
finding a leaky pen in your pocket, it’s
sometimes difficult to prevent staining
our clothes. However, these are not just
common annoyances; if not cleaned
immediately, they can cut short the life of
your otherwise perfectly nice and
perhaps expensive garments. To prevent
this from happening, you should learn
how to spot clean fabrics.
What Does Spot Clean Mean?
Spot cleaning means treating only the
stained part of the garment. You must
know how to pick the right cleaning
solution for different types of stains and
A spot clean only care label is often seen
on expensive designer items that are
hand-made, fragile, or contain lace and
bead work. While spot cleaning works
for most fabrics, it can often leave a
watermark on silk, which looks similar
to a stain. In this case, getting help from
a professional is a better option.
the Most Appropriate
Part of learning how to spot clean fabrics
is knowing the best solution to use. The
clothing label should be your best guide.
If it does not give you any specific
instructions, go by fabric type.
You can soak cotton in warm water. Do
not dry heat because it will only set the
stain. While you may use bleach when
spot cleaning cotton, it is very hard on the
fabric. If necessary, use chlorine as a last
resort but dilute it well with water. Most
of the time, detergents and light acids like
vinegar should work well in treating
stains on white cotton.
Wool is more heat sensitive than cotton.
It must be gently spot cleaned using
warm, not hot, water. You can soak it, but
make sure it is laid flat to avoid distortion.
Use only wool-safe detergents. Never use
bleach or acids on wool. They will
damage the fabric permanently. If a wool
detergent with water does not work, have
it dry-cleaned immediately.
Polyester and rayon can be spot cleaned
Unfortunately, oxidizing bleaches