Stain Removal Guide

Stain

Treatment

Alcohol, wine, and fruit beverages

Sponge stain with cold water or soak in cold water for 30 minutes or longer. Rub detergent into stain and launder in hottest water possible for fabric. If fabric is not safe forbleach, sponge with vinegar, rinse and launder.

Blood

Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Rub detergent into stain and rinse. Use a small drop of ammonia if stain does not come out. If stain remains, wash in hottest water possible with fabric appropriate bleach.

Candle wax

Rub area with an ice cube and carefully scrape off excess wax with a dull knife. Place area between several layers of paper towel and press with warm iron. If stain remains, sponge with stain remover and launder per fabric instructions, preferably using the warmest water possible.

Coffee & Tea

Black – immediately rinse with cool water if possible. If stain is already dry, soak for 30 minutes in cool water. Before washing, rub the stain with detergent and then wash with fabric safe bleach.

With Milk or Cream – rub with detergent, then wash with colour safe bleach in hottest water safe for fabric. You can also try pretreating with a stain remover.

Chocolate & Cocoa

Soak in cool water and then pretreat with stain remover. Rinse and then wash in hottest water possible with appropriate bleach product if necessary.

Cosmetics

Dampen stain with water. Rub detergent into stain while still wet. Launder with hottest water possible for fabric.

Fingernail polish

Place stain face down on a paper towel. Sponge with nail polish remover. Always test fabric in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it will not damage fabric.

Grass

Rub detergent into dampened stain. Launder in hot water and if fabric allows, use chlorine bleach. If stain remains, sponge with alcohol. Rinse thoroughly.

Gravy

If stain has dried scrape with a dull knife. Soak for at least 30 minutes in cold water. Rub detergent or stain remover into stain. Wash in warmest water possible using fabric safe bleach.

Grease & Oil

Pretreat with stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Wash garment in hottest water possible for fabric.

Gum, Grease & Oil

Apply lanolin brand hand cleaner (available at most hardware stores) which should dissolve the stain. Wash in hottest water possible for the fabric with regular amount of detergent.

Ink

Pretreat with stain remover or rubbing alcohol. Sponge area around the stain and place stain face down on paper towels. Apply rubbing alcohol directly to the back of the stain, replacing paper towels frequently to absorb the stain. Rinse thoroughly and wash immediately in appropriate temperature for fabric.

Mayonnaise or salad dressing

Dampen fabric and rub detergent into stain. Rinse and let air dry. If stain remains, sponge with stain remover. Launder in hottest water possible for fabric.

Milk, ice cream, cheese or eggs

These are protein stains and should be soaked in cold water and then washed in appropriate temperature for fabric.

Mildew and mold

Try bleach, Tilex bathroom cleaner, or Lysol with mold disinfectant claims.

Mustard

Dampen fabric and rub detergent into stain. Soak stain in hot soapy water for several hours. If stain remains, sponge with stain remover. Launder in the hottest water possible for the fabric.

Paint

You must treat paint while wet to be effective. If water based or acrylic paint, soak in cold soapy water with detergent. Wash in hottest waster possible for fabric. If oil based, you will need to use paint thinner as a spot treatment to soften paint and then wash in hottest water possible for fabric.

Perspiration

Pretreat stain with stain remover product. If perspiration has changed the colour of the fabric, you can apply ammonia or white vinegar to the stain and rinse. Launder in hottest water possible for fabric and use bleach if appropriate.

Ring around the collar

Apply liquid laundry detergent directly to collar area. Let sit for 30 minutes. Launder as per fabric instructions.

Rust

Lemon juice or white vinegar can be applied directly to the stain. Blot area with sponge. Rinse thoroughly and launder as usual. Do not use bleach as this can actually set rust stains.

Soft drinks

Sponge stain immediately with cold water. Wash in hottest water possible for fabric with detergent and fabric safe bleach. Some soft drink stains may dry invisible but yellow over time.

Due to fabric, dye, stain, chemical variations, time and other variables, these suggestions should be considered guidelines only. Coinamatic will bear no responsibility for damaged fabrics due either to laundry stains or the outcome of following these guidelines or suggested products. Always test in an inconspicuous area first to ensure any products used will not damage fabric. When in doubt, please consult a professional dry cleaner.