Stain Removal Tips Part 3

Here's the third installment of my Stain Removal Tips series of posts. This time it would be about how to remove Ketchup, Mayonnaise and... thumbnail 1 summary
Here's the third installment of my Stain Removal Tips series of posts. This time it would be about how to remove Ketchup, Mayonnaise and Soft Drinks Stains.

My first post in this series was on removing beer, chocolate and coffee stains. While the second part was on tips on what to do with oil, fresh fruits and ice cream stains.

  • Ketchup Stains
  1. Remove as much of the excess ketchup as possible from the fabric.
  2. Run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. This will force the stain back out through the fabric.
  3. Rub a liquid detergent into the stained portion of the fabric. Work it in gently.
  4. If the garment is white, or you have tested it for colorfastness, apply a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar with a sponge. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.
  5. Repeat with detergent followed by mild bleaching agent until the stain no longer appears.
  6. Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes.
  7. Launder with detergent. Before drying double check the stain.
  8. If the stain remains, rub detergent into the stain and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Rinse well.
  9. If the stain remains, apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray and launder according to directions.
  • Mayonnaise Stains
  1. Remove as much excess mayo as possible with a dull knife or spoon.
  2. Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for several minutes to allow it to go completely through the fabric.
  3. Use liquid detergent to rub through the stained fabric.
  4. Allow the garment to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Check clothing tags to determine what temperature the clothing can be washed in.
  • Soft drinks Stains
  1. If the stain is fresh, try to blot up as much of the soft drink stain as you can with a clean cloth.
  2. Soak the soft drink stain with cold water. If the stain is dried, you'll need to soak with liquid detergent until the stain loosens.
  3. Rub liquid detergent into the soft drink stain and let it stand for a few minutes.
  4. Wash the clothing in the hottest water recommended for the fabric.
  5. If traces of the coffee stain remain, apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for 5 minutes.
  6. Wash according to clothing directions.


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