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Tips & Tricks to Help Your Clothes Survive Spring Stain-Free

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Spring might be the dirtiest time of year. There’s work to be done outdoors like cleaning out garden beds and potting plants. You may even have some leftover indoor projects like painting. What do all of these things have in common? You can count on things getting really messy really fast!

Luckily, we’ve received some help from Maytag and The Institute of Home Science with tips and tricks to help you remove those ground-in stains that your clothes picked up this spring!

Problem: Your clothes are now covered in more mud than the garden.
Solution:
  • Brush any excess dirt or mud off of the garment.
  • Rinse in cold water to flush out the soils.
  • Wash in the warmest water safe for the garment while utilizing the Maytag PowerWash Cycle.
  • If necessary, follow-up with a wash in color-safe bleach for colors or liquid chlorine bleach for whites.

 

Problem: The kids rolled around in the grass. What was once a white shirt is now green!
Solution:
  • Check the care label on your garment.
  • Soak the garment in a mixture of detergent and water before washing in the warmest water safe for the garment.
  • If necessary, follow-up with a wash in color-safe bleach for colors or liquid chlorine bleach for whites.
  • Air dry and check the garment for any remaining stain. Repeat the procedure if necessary before you place the garment in the dryer.
 before and after picture of clothes with stain
Problem: You accidentally leaned up against a fresh coat of paint. Trust me, it happens. 
Solution:
  • Scrape any excess paint from the garment, taking care not to push the paint further into the fibers of the garment. Treat as soon as possible, as dried paint will be more difficult to remove.
  • Rinse thoroughly in cool running water, until the water runs clear.
  • Soak in a solution of detergent and cool water, periodically scrubbing the stain lightly to help the removal process.
  • Once most of the stain is removed, rinse the garment under running water again,
  • Wash with Maytag’s Cold Wash cycle and cold water formulated detergent to remove any remaining paint.
  • Check the garment at the end of the cycle to be sure the stain is removed before drying.
  • Repeat the process if necessary.

 

Problem: BBQ did what BBQ does and things got a bit messy.
Solution:
  • Start by wiping away as much of the BBQ substance as possible, taking care not to push the stain further into the fibers of the fabric.
  • Rinse the garment with cool water to dilute the stain.
  • Soak the garment in a solution of cool water and detergent for up to 30 minutes, or longer if needed.
  • Squeeze out the excess water, then wash as usual using the warmest water safe for the garment while utilizing the Maytag PowerWash™ Cycle. A bit of liquid detergent rubbed into the stain prior to washing, or the use of a pretreatment or color safe bleach could help with removal.
  • Check the garment at the end of the cycle to be sure the stain is removed before drying.
  • If needed, repeat the process.

 

Stains are a part of life, but they don’t have to be a permanent addition to your clothes. Try to make the most out of your spring projects and know that your clothes will look great when summer rolls around!

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