When you stain your favorite shirt, dress, or uniform~ panic sets in. But don’t worry, Model Coverall in Grand Rapids has your solution to common fabric stains. See the list below:

TYPE OF STAIN 

HOW TO REMOVE IT FROM WASHABLE FABRICS 

BLOOD

For fresh stains, soak in cold water (hot water sets stains) then launder. For dried stains, pretreat or soak in warm water with a product containing enzymes (read the label) and launder.

CHOCOLATE

Pretreat in warm water with a product containing enzymes. Or treat with a prewash stain remover. Launder. If stain remains, rewash with bleach safe for the fabric.

COFFEE or TEA

Soak stain in cool water. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, or a paste of detergent and water. Launder with chlorine bleach, if safe for fabric, or color-safe bleach.

COSMETICS

Lightly brush off as much powder from the garment as possible. Pretreat with stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Launder using hottest water safe for the fabric.

FELT-TIP MARKER

Dab dry-cleaning fluid on the stain with a sponge. Start with the outer edge of the stain and work in toward the center. Place the garment stain side down on several layers of clean white paper towels. Apply the cleaning fluid to another towel, then press it down on the fabric, forcing the liquid through the material. Rinse and machine-wash.

FRUIT JUICE

Soak the stained garment in cold water about 30 minutes. (Using hot water will set the stain.) Lightly apply white vinegar to the remaining stain and let sit for 30 machines. Machine-wash the garment with bleach safe for the fabric.

GRASS

Pretreat with stain remover or liquid laundry detergent. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.

INK

Pretreat with stain remover and launder as usual. If stain remains, place on clean paper towels. Apply alcohol to stain, frequently replacing the paper towels as they get soaked. Rinse well and launder.

LIPSTICK

Do not use water. Rub mineral oil into the stain and set for 15 minutes. Don’t put in dryer if stain remains. Blot excess and then sponge with 1 part ammonia and 2 parts water. Rinse thoroughly.

NAIL POLISH

Immediately scrape off any excess nail polish with a dull knife or spatula. Take care not to smear the polish as you scrape. Take to a professional dry cleaner. Or, place the stain facedown on several layers of clean paper towels. Apply polish remover to the back of the stain. Replace towels as they accept polish. Repeat if stain begins to lift. Rinse and launder.

PAINT

Water base: Rinse in warm water while stain is wet. Launder. Oil base: If the label on the paint can recommends a paint thinner, usethat solvent for stain removal, or use turpentine. Rinse and launder.

PERSPERATION

Apply ammonia to fresh stains or white vinegar to old stains; rinse. Launder using hottest water safe for fabric or wash with an enzyme product or color-safe bleach. (Never mix ammonia and bleach.)

RED WINE

Cover the stain with salt and stretch over a bowl. Pour boiling water onto the stain. Launder. If stain remains, apply diluted white vinegar to the stain with an eye- dropper; flush with cool water; launder.

SAUCES

Apply diluted white vinegar to the stain with an eye-dropper. Flush the stop thoroughly with cool water. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover and launder.