Monday, May 18, 2009

Is there any hope for dye stains?

For dye stains you may be out of luck.

You can try a commercial stain remover or oxygen bleach but be prepared to kiss the garment goodbye.

Here's a little song to help you remember how to treat your stains. Sing it to the tune of "Amazing Grace":

A protein stain goes in the cold
For oil, I need to Shout.
With tannin I should use enzymes
But dye probably won't come out...

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What do you mean, tannin stains?

Tannin stains are created by items like tea, cola and wine, and are especially difficult to get out.

Page 171 of Blind Dates Can Be Murder recommends that we avoid natural soaps which can make the problem worse. The best thing to do is treat the stain with detergent that contains enzymes instead.

And this one comes with a warning: Don't dry until you're sure that the stain is gone, because the heat will caramelize the sugar in the stain and turn it brown!