Tricks For Haunted Halloween Stains
Auburn, Oct. 22---Halloween
conjures up opportunities for a lot of ghastly stains. Think mushed
pumpkins, smashed apples, puddles of punch, makeup smears and
overflowing goodie bags that may mean candy stains. It's enough to
The Soap and Detergent
Association has a bag of tricks to help scare those stain goblins
Always check the fabric
care label for cleaning instructions.
Pumpkin and apple stains
fall into the fruit category. Think about how an apple slice turns
brown if it's left out. That is what happens to a fruit stain. The
trick is to treat a fruit stain as soon as possible after the
occurrence. Remove the excess fruit and run the fabric under cold
water. If the item can't be washed immediately, rinsing it in cold
water may stop the oxidation. As soon as possible, wash the garment
using the warmest temperature that is safe for the fabric.
For makeup stains,
remove any excess with the back of a spoon. Pretreat with a prewash
stain remover, then wash the garment in the hottest water that is
safe for the fabric. Warm or hot water will help soften the residue,
so it can be more easily removed.
Chocolate and caramel
candy stains should be pretreated with a prewash stain remover, then
laundered using a detergent and a bleach that is safe for the
fabric. If the stain remains, launder it again. Don't dry the
garment until the stain is completely removed.
Halloween also means
parties and possible stains on carpets or linens. The quicker you
clean the area, the more likely the stain can be removed. For carpet
stains, carefully remove any excess food or blot up liquids. Then,
clean any remaining stains using a carpet cleaner. Read and follow
the label directions. Be sure to only use products formulated for
cleaning carpets. Other cleaning products can discolor the carpet.
After cleaning, use a clean, white cloth or towel to blot the carpet
until it's as dry as possible.
Source: Dr. Carol
Centrallo, Apparel and Textile Management Specialist, Alabama
Cooperative Extension System (334) 844-1325