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Stain Removal


SORT YOUR CLOTHES

For best results, sort your wash loads into a mixture of small and large items made of similar fabrics and colors. A good way to sort your washing is to sort by color first (into whites, pastels, neutrals and dark colors), and then by fabric type (cotton and linen, synthetics and synthetic blends, delicates). Always check the garment care labels and be sure to follow laundering instructions. Towels should be done in a separate load because they produce lint on other garments. Denim should be done in a separate load because it is a heavy fabric that may cause damage to more delicate fabrics.

SETTING THE CONTROLS

Adjust your washing machine's water level to match your load size. Then select the cycle. Most clothes use the normal setting. Be sure to adjust the setting for permanent press, handwash, delicate or sheer items.

Note - Choose your wash setting based on the garment that requires the gentlest cycle in the wash load. Keep all clothing that requires the gentle cycle together.

ADDING DETERGENT

Always measure and add detergent to your wash before adding your clothes. Follow the instructions on the package for the amount of detergent to use. For heavily soiled or larger loads, use a little more detergent. Add your detergent as the washer fills with water. Then add clothes.

LOADING THE CLOTHES

After you have added your detergent, load your clothes into the washing machine. Be sure not to overload the machine with items, as clothes need to move freely for best cleaning. An overloaded washing machine can cause, poor wash results and wrinkled, or damaged clothes—it can even damage the machine.

SELECTING THE TEMPERATURE

Always check the care label for specific instructions.

Hot water is great for whites, linens or towels , and heavily soiled clothes or clothes with greasy stains.

Warm water works for permanent press and other 100-percent synthetic fibers, blends of natural and synthetic fibers and moderately soiled items. Whites and pastels can be washed together using warm water.

Cold water will keep most colored clothes from running and minimize the shrinking of washable woolens. Cold water is also good for lightly soiled clothing and clothes stained with blood, wine or coffee. (These stains may set if washed in hot or warm water.)

POWDER OR LIQUIDS

LIQUIDS
Liquids are easy to measure, dissolve quickly and are particularly useful for pre-treating stains. Remember to check for colorfastness first by testing the detergent on a hidden part of the garment).

POWDERS
Powder is the traditional laundry detergent format, and it's especially effective in helping to lift up ground-in dirt and particulate soils. Using too much powder in a cold wash can lead to residue on clothes; always follow the manufacturer dosing instructions to ensure an effective clean. There is rarely a dissolution problem when using hot water.

To ensure that your garment washes as it was intended by the manufacturer and remains looking new for as long as possible, be sure to read the garment care label.

Adhesives

AdhesivesUse a nail varnish remover, then wash as normal.
Make sure to check the type of fabric first - do not use on acetate or triacetate.

Blood

BloodIf stain is fresh soak in cold water; then wash.
If stain is dry, soak in warm water with Sun® for at least 30 minutes (or overnight for best results) and then wash.
If stain persists rewash using bleach safe for fabric.

Candle Wax

Candle WaxPeel off any surface wax, sandwich the fabric between blotting paper or kitchen towel and iron over the mark to melt out the remaining wax.
Dab with a grease solvent to remove the last traces, and then wash as the care label advises.

Chewing Gum

Chewing GumChill fabric with ice to harden gum.
Peel or scrape off excess gum with edge of teaspoon.
Rub with Sun® Liquid (or a soft paste of Sun® powder and water).
Rinse with hot water. Repeat if necessary.
Wash in hottest water safe for fabric.

Chocolate

ChocolateScrape off the surface chocolate, and then sponge the stain with warm soapy water.
Rinse with cold water and wash in a biological detergent like Amaze.

Coffee or Tea

Coffee or TeaSponge or soak stain promptly in cool water.
While still wet rub Sun® Liquid directly into any remaining stain.
Wash with Sun® and bleach (safe for the fabric) in hottest water safe for fabric.
For older stains, pre-soak in Sun® before treating.

Cooking Oils

Cooking OilsDampen stain.
Rub with Sun® Liquid (or a soft paste of Sun® Powder and water) and wash in hottest water safe for fabric.
Make sure stain is completely removed before drying in dryer or ironing.

Grass

GrassSoak in Sun® and water for 30 minutes.
If stain remains, pre-soak overnight.
Wash in the hottest water that's safe for fabric.
If stain persists, rewash using bleach safe for fabric.

Nail Polish

Nail PolishPlace stained area face down on clean paper towels.
Apply nail polish remover to the back of stain.
Replace paper towels frequently.
Rinse and wash with Sun® in hottest water safe for fabric.
Note: Check a hidden seam for colour change or fabric damage before treating with nail polish remover. Never use nail polish remover on acetate, triacetate or modacrylic, as it will damage the garment.

Paint

PaintWash immediately with cold water while the paint is still wet. If you let it dry, the stain forms a skin that is not removable.
The garment can be revitalized by rubbing the dampened area with household soap and then washing again in a rich solution of detergent.

Pen and Marker (solvent sensitive inks)

Pen and Marker (solvent sensitive inks)Sponge area around stain with rubbing alcohol (or cleaning fluid) before applying the alcohol directly on stain (to keep the ink from spreading).
Place stained fabric face down on clean paper towels and apply more alcohol to the back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently.
Rub stain using Sun® Liquid and rinse thoroughly. Wash with Sun® in hottest water safe for fabric.

Perspiration, Deodorants, Anti-Perspirants

Perspiration, Deodorants, Anti-PerspirantsIf stain is light and/or fresh, apply ammonia. Wait a couple of minutes and rinse.
If stain is heavy or old, place face down on clean paper towels and sponge back of stain with dry cleaning solvent. Rinse thoroughly.
After rinsing, rub with Sun® Liquid or a paste of Sun® powder and water while fabric is still damp. Then wash in the hottest water safe for fabric.

Shoe Polish

Shoe PolishRub the stain with a liquid detergent and wash immediately as the fabric care label recommends.

Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti SauceDampen stain with warm water and rub Sun® Liquid directly into the stain.
Wash in the hottest water that's safe for fabric.
If stain persists, rewash using bleach safe for fabric.

Tomato

TomatoPre-treat stained area using Sun® liquid.
Apply the Sun® liquid to the stained area, rub in, and let sit for 10 minutes.
Wash as usual using Sun®. For best results, use a pre-wash cycle.
The key to successful stain removal is to treat and wash the stain immediately, before it has a chance to set in.
If the stain has not been completely removed repeat stain removal treatment before drying the clothing.

Vomit

VomitScrape off any surface deposit and rinse the garment well under running cold water.
Soak in a solution of detergent that contains bleach or bleach alternative, and then wash normally.

Wine and alcoholic beverages

Wine and alcoholic beveragesSponge or soak stain promptly in cool water.
While still wet, rub Sun® Liquid directly into any remaining stain.
Wash with Sun® and bleach (safe for the fabric) in hottest water safe for fabric.
For older stains, pre-soak in an enzyme detergent like Sun®.