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Stain Removal

Stain Removal Y

Yellowing Sometimes white and light-colored garments develop a dingy, yellow appearance. The leading cause of yellowing comes from body oils, especially on polyester. Other culprits are soap residue (particularly on ironed linens), and leaving clothes in dark areas for long periods of time. There are several methods of counteracting this problem. Wash the clothes in the hottest water the fabric can tolerate, and use extra detergent. An old but effective method is to hang yellowed clothing and linens in bright sunlight. Before hanging in the sun, you can apply fresh lemon juice to the garment, and lightly sprinkle with salt.Caution: Take care to avoid using chlorine bleach on bleach-sensitive fabrics such as spandex, silk and wool, as this can yellow them. If the care label says to dry out of direct sunlight, the garment can be yellowed by exposure to sunlight.

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Stain Removal W

Water Softening The minerals in hard water interferes with the action of detergents, stains fabrics and makes them wear out faster. Calcium and magnesium cause scale, whereas iron and manganese cause stains. Mechanical water conditioners are appliances that remove the minerals that cause hard water through ion exchange. In addition to solving the above-mentioned problems, mechanical water conditioners can decrease plumbing repairs and increase the efficiency of hot water heaters and other water appliances. For mild problems, you can just use extra detergent, as most contain some water-softening ingredients. There are also powdered water softeners you can add to the wash water. (more…)

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Stain Removal V

Velvet Some velvets are washable, and some aren't- this depends on the velvet's fibers. If you do wash velvet, turn it inside out to reduce lint. You can restore crushed pile by hanging it over a steaming bathtub and gently brushing. Caution: Never iron velvet, steam it instead. Velveteen: Velveteen refers to cotton or cotton blend velvets. Most of these are washable- check the care label.

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Stain Removal U

Ultrasonic cleaning Ultrasonic cleaning is useful for delicate items or ornate objects with hard to reach recesses. In this process, the object is placed in a tank of cleaning      solution, and subjected to ultrasonic sound wave. The combined effect      agitation from the waves and the cleaning solution is more powerful than      just soaking the items in cleaning solution. Ultrasonic cleaning is      commonly used to wash items such as jewelry, dentures, contact lenses and window blinds. Jewelers can perform this service for you, or you can buy a small home use unit. (more…)

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Stain Removal T

Tablecloths Tablecloths are bound to get stained. One solution is to forgo them entirely, using a well-sealed wood or laminate tabletop instead. Tar Scrape off as much as possible with a kitchen knife or spoon. Spread over a pad of paper tissues or cloths. Rub the stain with a toothbrush dipped in eucalyptus or Orange Power. Replace the paper tissues or clothes as they become stained. Dried tar: Soften with warm olive oil, then repeat the above procedure. (more…)

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Stain Removal S

Salt To remove salt marks from shoes, wipe them with a solution containing      1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Silk Silk is wrinkle and soil resistant. However, it is sensitive to many      chemicals, such as:       *Acids       *Alkalis       *Enzyme digesters       *Chlorine bleach  Silk is also weakened by perspiration and sunlight. Water spots can be a problem, and dyes sometimes run. Most silk needs to be professionally cleaned.Stickers (more…)

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Stain Removal R

Rayon The confusing part about caring for rayon is that two types of rayon exist: viscose and polynosic. The major difference is that viscose rayon becomes weak when wet, and therefore normally requires dry cleaning. Occasionally it can be finished so that gentle hand washing is possible. Blends with 30 percent or more polyester will provide enough strength for gentle hand washing or machine laundering. Polynosic rayon is an improved version with high wet strength. You can safely machine wash and dry it. How do you tell the difference? Unless information is provided on the label, or can be obtained by calling the manufacturer, you can't. Machine washable rayons will have the term polynosic, the trade names Modal or Zantrel, or indicate machine wash and dry on the label. The term viscose on a label will be accompanied by a care label that indicates to dry clean. For best results, follow care label instructions. (more…)

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Stain Removal P

Pillows Feather: To ensure best results, have feather pillows professionally cleaned. Wash in cool water using a mild detergent, and do not use heat or sunlight to dry. Heat can release oils in the feathers, causing them to smell. You can fluff up feather pillows by running them through the dryer on a no-heat setting. Hand washing: Hand washing is the more conservative approach to washing pillows. Fill a tub with lukewarm water and low-sudsing detergent, then submerge the pillow in the solution. Squeeze the pillow several times, so the solution get worked through it. Drain, add rinse water and repeat this procedure, only without detergent. Run the pillow through the spin cycle, then air dry. (more…)

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Stain Removal O

Odors The key to getting rid of odors is eliminating the source- not just covering up the odors with fragrances. The best way to eliminate organic messes is through the use of a bacteria/enzyme digester. Digesters actually eat the source of the odor, completely eliminating it. The best product to eliminate odors emanating from organic stains/messes, in our opinion, is Odorkill. Odorkill is used by large hotel chains and rental car agencies, and in addition to being extremely effective is quite economical. It has completely eliminated odors in cases much worse than you will ever encounter (we'll spare you the details). Suffice it to say that it will be more than enough to meet your needs.

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Stain Removal N

Neckties It is best to dry clean silk neckties. Keep in mind that they can be difficult to restore, even for professional cleaners. Some stains can be removed at home using dry cleaning fluid. Nylon Nylon's static electricity attracts dirt and grime. If these particles work their way into the fabric, this can make restoring the original look more difficult. It is a good idea to wash nylon articles after each wear, with warm water and detergent. Rinse well, and drip dry right away. If ironing is necessary, use the lowest setting possible. Caution: Do not use liquid bleach on nylon fabrics.

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Stain Removal L

Lace Lace is delicate and needs to be handled carefully. Lace items can be washed by placing them in a jar with lukewarm water and Eucalan Woolwash. First add the water and detergent, then close the lid and shake well to dilute the detergent. Remove the lid, immerse the lace, tighten the lid and shake the jar for 1-2 minutes. Use the same procedures to rinse, minus the detergent. If the lace is very weak, tack it to a white cloth before washing. Spread out the cloth and attached lace to dry. Frail lace curtains can be folded inside a pillowcase Caution: Never use bleach on old lace, as it will weaken the fibers. Also, due to its frail nature lace should never be wrung.  Lace doilies and tablecloths: After washing, dip in a 2:1 mixture of water to liquid starch, roll in a towel to remove excess water, and lay flat on a clean towel. Smooth out into the desired shape, and use stainless steel straight pins to hold in place until dry. Ironing: If ironing is necessary, use a warm iron and and put a press cloth over the lace so the tip of the iron doesn't catch in the loops. To raise the pattern, press on the wrong side of the lace item. (more…)

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Stain Removal J

Juice Stains Juice stains can be removed with Oxyboost, and oxygen bleach. Make a 1-2 tablespoon per quart solution of oxygen bleach dissolved in hot water and apply to the stains. The oxygen in the cleaner breaks down the juice stains.

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