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The ultimate guide to summer stain removal

June 25, 2018

When we think of summer, we think of adventures outdoors, ice creams by the seaside, barbecues with friends and al fresco cocktails. The summer months are a joyous part of the year, but with these seasonal activities comes the added danger of stained items of clothing. It’s a common summer mishap – midway through a summer’s barbecue, a few tipples in and you spill a glass of red wine all over your brand new shirt. It might seem like a grave situation, but all is not lost! There are a number of ways to treat stains and enable your washing machine to finish off the job. Our new AXI AI washing machine is also fantastic for providing useful tips and hints for stain removal and can be controlled using voice activation via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

From kids’ grass stains to cocktail spillages and bike chain oil smears, we’ve drawn up a comprehensive guide to summer removal.

Grass

Grass stains are a common sight on light clothing after a sunny trip to the park. Your washing machine should deal with them well, but to be sure, pre-treat the stain with a solution of one part white vinegar and two parts water then lightly scrub the stain with a toothbrush. Finally, wash in your machine with an enzyme detergent to break down the proteins.

Fruit juices

Grapefruit and rosemary cocktail

From fruit-juice packed cocktails to the stickiness of strawberries, these stains can be stubborn. For the best results, pre-treat with laundry detergent and leave to soak with detergent and white vinegar for at least 30 minutes before washing as usual.

Ice cream

Children and adults alike often fall foul of a dripping ice cream on a hot day. Use cold water and wipe the spot then apply stain remover before soaking for 30 minutes in an enzyme-based detergent.

Red wine

Red wine being poured into a stem glass at the table.

The one everyone wants to avoid! You don’t need to consider the garment a write-off and discard it though. Use a dry cloth to absorb any excess moisture before applying some salt to absorb the liquid before giving the item a hot rinse and washing as usual.

Sun lotion

Many of the ingredients and oils in sun lotions can cause staining if they’re not dry before you get dressed. Sprinkle the stain with bicarbonate of soda to absorb any oils. Rub with washing liquid, then soak in washing liquid and hot water before rinsing well and washing in a machine as normal.

Bicycle chain oil

Man bicycle mechanic repairing bicycles

On fresh grease stains, rub dishwashing liquid into the stain. Or you could try rubbing the stain with a paste made from detergent and bicarbonate of soda. Rinse well with cool water and wash as usual. For dried stains use bicarbonate of soda or talcum powder to draw the grease and oil out of the garment. Leave overnight before washing.

Sauce

Scrape off excess sauce and run the fabric under cold water. Pre-treat with liquid laundry detergent and rinse. Then sponge on white vinegar and rinse. Repeat these steps a few times before putting the item into the washing machine.

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