Guide Wash and Bad Stains

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Guide How to Wash & How to treat Bad Stains

 

We made a little manual, so you’ll treat your precious kimono, comfortable bathrobe, your duvet covers or your decorative pillow covers well.

 

To start with a good advice: don’t wash too much. That’s a good advice for all your clothing and fabrics if it’s not really dirty. Duvet covers is of course a different story, and we choose that on quality, so it can take a beating. But clothing is usually just about the freshness, and you can achieve that by letting your garment hang outside overnight. If that is not possible, wash at low temperatures. 30º is enough to get your robe nice and fresh again.

 

But … you do have a Bad Stain? Here you will find the most common ones and their treatment. Almost all the sheets you get out (whatever fabric) with natural soft soap. But! Then it may not have been washed yet! Wet the area of the stain, massage the soap with a soft brush in it, leave it for a while, then wash it in the machine. Below we highlight a few that you should treat a little differently:

Blood stains: if you notice it immediately, wash it away immediately with COLD water.

Blood stains are always treated with cold or lukewarm water. Why? Because hot water fixes the blood. After that, you can hardly remove the stain or even remove it.

TIP Put some saliva on the stain. Sounds strange, but it really works! Saliva breaks down the proteins in the blood, preventing the stain from sticking to the fabric. Then in the washing machine for a normal wash.

You don’t always notice it right away. Discovered ancient blood stains? There are a few ways:

  • (if you haven’t washed it yet) Rinse the stain with cold water and soak the textiles in a detergent with enzymes. Then you can just wash it in the washing machine.
  • OR Add a little soda or vinegar to cold water and let the textile soak in it. Then wash it in the washing machine.
  • OR Treat the stain with natural soap (brush well with a soft brush), let it retract for a while and wash it in the washing machine.

No result yet?

Then you can always try it with a cotton swab and lemon. Dip it on and let it dry.

Coffee/tea stains: there’s nothing else to it: take it off or out, and rinse with lukewarm water. Let it soak for a while. If that’s not enough, or the stain has already dried up, you can try it with baking soda.

  • “Hang” the mottled piece of textile in a container with dissolved baking soda (lukewarm) and let it soak.
  • Then gently scrub with a sponge or nail brush.

You don’t have baking soda? Almost everyone has vinegar in their kitchen.

  • Put 3/4 and 1/4 lukewarm water in a bowl and let it soak.
  • Then gently scrub with a sponge or nail brush.
  • Then wash in the machine at 40º with a prewasher program.

Red wine stains: take a moment for that, as this is one of the worst spots out there.

  • First, pat the stain ‘dry’.
  • Then drizzle cold water over the stain.
  • Sprinkle the stain with salt (fine table salt, no sea salt). All the wine draws in the salt.
  • Mix two cups of warm water with a teaspoon of detergent and rinse the stained fabric.
  • Let it dry and repeat the process if necessary.

You didn’t notice the stain until the next morning?

  • Then mix one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid with two cups of cold water.
  • Use a sponge to dab this mixture on the stain.
  • Take household paper or a clean dry cloth and rub over the stain until it is gone.
  • Rinse with hot water and leave to dry in the air.

For all Bad Stains: the sooner you notice, the more chance you have to get rid of them!

 

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