Apparel is always high on consumers’ holiday gift lists. Whether you’re giving or receiving stylish new clothing, you’ll want the latest in stain-fighting techniques to ensure that new wardrobe lasts into the New Year.
Use the Cotton Incorporated Holiday Stain Guide to make sure those holiday frocks stay fresh and new, whether they are for loved ones or for yourself.
CANDLE WAX – If the wax is still soft, freeze to harden it, and then scrape off excess wax. Sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solution. Place stain between clean paper towels and press with a warm iron to transfer the wax to the paper towels. Replace the paper towels frequently to absorb more wax and prevent transferring the stain to other places on the fabric. Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover. Launder. If any color remains, rewash using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric, or oxygen bleach.
CANDY CANES – Rinse with warm water. Launder in the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric.
EGGNOGG – Pre-treat or soak for at least 30 minutes, using an enzyme laundry product or detergent. If the stain is old, soak for several hours. Launder using an enzyme laundry detergent.
GRAVY – Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover. Wash the garment, using the warmest water that is safe for the fabric.
PINE RESIN – Sponge the stain with acetone (using caution) and air-dry. Then, soak the garment for at least 30 minutes in a mixture of one cup of liquid laundry detergent and a few drops of ammonia (using caution). Rinse the garment and wash as usual.
RED FOOD COLORING – Use a commercial color remover, following the package directions. Wash the garment as you normally would. Or, if chlorine bleach is safe for the fabric, mix a solution of ¼ cup of chlorine bleach per gallon of cool water and soak for 30 minutes. Rinse the garment and wash as normal.
SWEET POTATOES – Scrape off excess. Flush under cold running water to loosen the stain. Pre-treat the garment with a pre-wash stain remover. Wash using the warmest temperature water and bleach that is safe for the fabric.
WINE – Sponge the spot with cool water or soak for about 30 minutes in a basin of cool water. Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover. Lander garments as you usually would. Then, if it’s safe for the fabric, add chlorine bleach to the wash.
SOOT – Pre-treat the stain with a pre-wash stain remover. Wash the garment using the warmest temperature water and bleach that’s safest for the item. If the stain remains, sponge with rubbing alcohol and wash the garment again.
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.
For more information, please contact Shawn Steiner @ 212.413.8350.