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Stain Removal Guide - C

By Kimberly Duncan

Candle Wax Stains
First, solidify the wax by applying ice or by placing the garment in the freezer. Use dull knife to scrape off as much of the frozen wax as possible.

To remove any colored stains, launder with detergent in the hottest water recommended for the fabric. Repeat the laundering procedure until all the color from the wax is completely gone.

Dry the garment only once the wax color is completely removed.

Coffee Stains
As with many types of stains, a delayed response may cause the stain to become a permanent. If the stain is already dry, start by gently scraping solids with a rounded spoon and vacuum the scraped solids.

Coffee stains can be harder to remove from some fabrics. Generally, coffee stains can be removed using conventional detergent. Be sure to test any spot removal solution for color transfer before using. Test in a hidden area and choose another solution if any changes occur.

Apply a small amount of the solution to a white cloth and work in gently. To prevent spreading of the stain, work inwards and allow the solvent to stay on the stain a few minutes then blot. Repeat this process for as long as there is a transfer of the stain to the cloth.

When the spill is completely removed, rinse the area with cold water and blot with a dry cloth until all moisture is removed. Use a dry, absorbent cleaning compound to minimize drying time.

Crayon Stains
Scrape solids with a dull knife then wash in hottest water that is safe for the fabric with detergent and 1-2 cups of baking soda.

The Crayola Company recommends: First, place the stained surface down on a pad of paper towels, spray with WD-40, and let stand for a few minutes. Turn the fabric over and spray the other side.

Then apply liquid dishwashing detergent and work into the stained area. Replace towels as they absorb the stain and wash in hot water with a laundry detergent and bleach for about 12 minutes and rinse in warm water.

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