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Take the pain out of stains.

Stains happen. But they don’t have to stay.

Note: stains are harder to remove in a garment that has been washed, then dried. The heat sets the stain. For best results, pre-treat stain prior to laundering. For consistent staining, try switching to an unscented antiperspirant. As always, for any clothing treatment, remember to test an undetectable area of the garment for color-fastness first.

Stain Busters

Fading / Fabric Discoloration

Reason

A combination of antiperspirant/deodorant, fabric and body chemistry. Especially prevalent in reds and purples.

Remedy

Unfortunately, none. Discoloration cannot be washed out. In the future, avoid over applying product and make sure area applied is completely dry before putting on clothes.

Product Buildup

Reason

Too much product applied or not enough time given to dry before getting dressed.

Remedy

For light buildup: Rub affected area in undiluted dishwashing liquid (not the kind for the washing machine!); rinse thoroughly and launder as usual using low foaming detergent. Wash in the hottest water safely recommended for the fabric. For heavy buildup: Apply rubbing alcohol to affected area; rinse with cold water. Launder as usually with low-foaming detergent and wash in the hottest water safely recommended for fabric. For non-washable fabric: Take item to a professional dry cleaner and inform them of the nature of the stain.

Wet-Looking Stain

Reason

Combination of antiperspirant/deodorant and fabric. Body chemistry may increase stain if garment is worn for prolonged period. Most common with silk.

Remedy

Apply ammonia directly to the affected area. For older stains, apply white vinegar. In both cases, test an undetectable area for color-fastness first. Allow ammonia or vinegar to soak for 15 seconds. Then rinse well with cool water. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric, using laundry detergent. Repeat the entire process if necessary. We do not recommend machine-drying unless the stain has been successfully lifted.

Yellow/Brown Stains

Reason

Excessive perspiration. Caused by excessive combination of antiperspirant/ deodorant, fabric and body chemistry.

Remedy

Apply ammonia directly to the affected area. For older stains, apply white vinegar. In both cases, test an undetectable area for color-fastness first. Allow ammonia or vinegar to soak for 15 seconds. Then rinse well with cool water. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric, using laundry detergent. Repeat the entire process if necessary. We do not recommend machine-drying unless the stain has been successfully lifted.

For White Clothes

Tip

Add 1/4 cup of automatic dishwashing powder in washing machine with regular laundry detergent.

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