❑ Blood: When knees and elbows get scraped, an easy and effective way to remove blood stains from fabric: pour hydrogen peroxide on the stain, let bubble and rinse. Repeat until the stain is gone.
❑ Grass & Dirt: To get out those tough grass or dirt stains, cover the stained area with liquid dish soap. The soap’s degreasing action loosens the culprit of grass stains: chlorophyll proteins. Then, just rub the soap in on both sides of the fabric and let it sit for an hour, rinse with cool water and then wash normally.
❑ Perspiration:Wash in hot water immediately; the longer the stain has to set-in the worse it will be.
❑ Read garments labels and cleaning instructions carefully. Delicate knits, like cotton, rayon and linen often require special care. Unless the label denotes “preshrunk,” wash the garment in warm water on a short cycle and hang-dry (some can be tumble-dried or air-dried).
❑ Only iron clean clothes. Heat can set a stain on a dirty garment.
❑ Keep perfume, hair, deodorant and other substances containing alcohol and/or chemicals away from your garment. Alcohol and chemicals often fade or discolor garments.
❑ Always dry white clothes away from sunlight. The brighteners used to make fabrics whiter may yellow when exposed to sun-light.
❑ Allow garments breathing room in a cool, dry place when storing for the off season. Never store clothes in a hot attic, damp basement or in plastic. Pad garments with tissue paper to pre-vent excess wrinkling and creasing. Hang on padded hangers to prevent stretching and creasing.
❑ Avoid trying to “rub-out” a stain from silk fabrics. This process breaks the fibers within the silk. Always dry clean silk garments that have not been pretreated with a food/drink repellant.
❑ Take care when washing synthetic fibers like nylon and polyester.
❑ Always dry clean velvet. Matching velvet should be brought to the cleaners together to maintain the same, matching boldness within each piece. Always store velvet on a hanger with plenty of space, in order to protect it.
❑ Corduroy stains should be blotted with wet cloths rather than brushed out.