When you wear personalised clothing day after day thereís a good chance it will end up stained. The stains may be caused by sweat, spilled food or drink, or leaning up against something dirty. It always seems like some people are simply stain prone. Put a brand new t-shirt or polo shirt on some people and you can just about guarantee it will be stained within a couple of hours.
Since work clothing should look professional, itís important to stay ahead of the stains. There are products on the market that Ďliftí stains from the fabric, but they can get expensive. You can turn to some tried and true methods instead that were passed down through the generations.
One of the most popular home stain remedy relies on baking soda. A paste is made of baking soda and water and then applied to the stain. Let the paste dry and then wash the piece of clothing in cold water. However, this may or may not work on light stains.
An interesting suggestion for removing the dingy appearance from printed t-shirts is to soak them overnight in 240mL of white distilled vinegar added to a pot of water. Then wash the clothes in cool water. This method will brighten colors by removing soap residue.
A mistake people make with stains is rubbing the stain which only makes it set deeper. Itís better to just dab the area and then wash the apparel as soon as possible. Washing practices should be gentle. The water should not be warmer than about 60 degrees Centigrade. Using hotter water mostly wastes energy.
In addition, donít overstuff the washer. Clothes donít get as much washing action when the washer is so full that soap may not reach all areas of the clothes. (The same principle applies to the dryer. When itís too full, the clothes will not dry properly.)
Of course, at some point you will need to declare defeat and buy yourself some new clothes! In the meantime, declare war on clothing spots and go to work looking professional and un-stained.
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