Laundry Tips & Tricks

Can you get stains out after you have dried your clothes?

September 28, 2023

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Removing stains from clothing or fabric that have already been dried can be more challenging than dealing with fresh stains, but it's not impossible. 

  1. Identify the Stain: Determine the type of stain you're dealing with, as different stains require different treatment methods. Common types include food, oil, ink, and wine stains.

  2. Act Quickly: The sooner you can start working on the dried stain, the better your chances of success. However, even old stains can often be improved with the right techniques.

  3. Scrape Off Excess: For dried, crusty stains (e.g., food or mud), gently scrape off as much of the stain as possible with a dull knife or the edge of a credit card. Be careful not to damage the fabric.

  4. Pre-treat the Stain: Apply a stain remover or pre-treatment product to the stain. There are several options to choose from:

    • Liquid laundry detergent: Apply a small amount directly to the stain and gently rub it in.
    • Commercial stain remover: Follow the product's instructions, and be sure it's suitable for the type of stain and fabric.
    • Homemade solutions: You can make a paste using a mixture of baking soda and water or a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 15-30 minutes before laundering.
  5. Soak the Fabric: Fill a basin or sink with cold water, and submerge the stained item. Allow it to soak for several hours or overnight. This helps to loosen the stain and make it easier to remove.

  6. Check the Stain: After soaking, check the stain's status. If it has lightened but is still visible, repeat the pre-treatment and soaking steps until you see further improvement.

  7. Wash as Usual: Launder the garment or fabric as you normally would, following the care label instructions. Use cold water, as hot water can set some stains.

  8. Air Dry: After washing, avoid using a dryer until you are sure the stain is completely gone. Heat from the dryer can set the stain further if it's not completely removed.

  9. Repeat if Necessary: If the stain remains after the first attempt, don't give up. It may take several tries to completely remove a dried stain.

  10. Seek Professional Help: If you've tried multiple methods and the stain persists, take them to Easy Kleen! 

Remember that some stains, especially those containing oil or dyes, may be more challenging to remove after they've dried, and there's no guarantee of complete success. Therefore, it's essential to act as quickly as possible when you notice a stain to improve your chances of successful removal.

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