Summer Stain Guide

Tips for Keeping Your Summer Wardrobe Neat and Clean

Saturday May 31, 2008
New York, NY

The days of summer have arrived - allowing us more time to play in the sun! Most people intend to spend much of this season outdoors with family and friends. Yet, according to Cotton Incorporated’s Lifestyle Monitor™, the number of consumers doing laundry five or more times a week increased to 21%, with 30% of females doing laundry, daily! If stubborn stains are to blame for the extra wash loads, just Ask Norma for help.

Cotton Incorporated’s stain guru, Norma Keyes offers the following tips to keep you and your family’s clothes looking fresh as a summer day and free of the most troublesome seasonal stains.

  • Barbeque sauce - Try a spot remover or pre-treat with a liquid detergent, followed by the recommended laundering procedure. Air dry and repeat the procedure if necessary.

  • Grass- Begin by soaking the garment for 30 minutes in a bucket or sink with a solution of ½ the recommended amount of detergent (powder detergents work best on grass stains) mixed with one gallon warm water. Weigh the garment down with a white cotton towel to ensure the whole garment stays in the solution. Then launder in the washing machine according to the detergent manufacturer’s instructions. Air dry and repeat if necessary.

  • Sunscreen - Apply a spot remover on the stain. Pre-treat the garment with a liquid detergent, and wash in warm water as you normally would.

  • Mud - Remove as much mud as you can with a soft bristle brush. Rinse item in cold water to dilute remaining mud. Next, wash the garment in warm water with the full amount of detergent per volume of water recommended by the detergent manufacturer. If the stain is not completely removed, try a rust remover product following the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Catsup - Apply a pre-treater to the stain. Use an eyedropper and diluted white vinegar (equal parts water and vinegar) to bleach any remaining stain. Finish with a regular wash cycle.

  • Perspiration- For new stains, pre-treat with a liquid detergent and wash as normal. If the stain does not come out, sponge the area with a solution of one tablespoon ammonia and ½ cup water. For older stains, sponge area with one tablespoon white vinegar and ½ cup water. Wash items with a bleach-free detergent in warm water.

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Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.


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