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Stain removal tips from OMO

Most stains vanish completely if you act fast and wash the garment normally, but some need special attention. Read on to find out how to remove those particularly stubborn stains.

Beer & lager stains

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Sponge with white vinegar and warm water, then rinse and wash with Omo or Omomatic. Remember to read the care label to make sure that your garment will not be damaged when you attempt to remove the stain. Check for colourfastness and dye stability before treatment.

Beetroot stains

Flush stain from the back with cold running water, then wash immediately with Omo or Omomatic powder. If the stain persists, soak overnight in Omomatic powder, using water that is as hot as the fabric will allow. Always check for colourfastness and dye stability before soaking.

Blood stains

Do NOT treat blood stains with hot water as it will set the stain onto the fabric.

If the stain is fresh, flush it out under cold running water. If the stain remains or if it's not fresh, soak the stained garment in a plastic bucket of cold salted water (1-2 tablespoons salt/litre water) for several hours and then wash as usual with Omo or Omomatic concentrate.

For persistent stains soak in a tepid solution of Omo or Omomatic concentrate powder. Rub gently around the edge of the stain with the soaking solution before leaving the garment to soak. Always check for colourfastness before soaking.

Older stains are difficult to remove, so treat as soon as possible.

Candle wax stains

Allow candle wax to go hard. Scrape off excess wax with the blunt edge of a knife. Then place the stain between two sheets of white blotting paper or 2-3 layers of kitchen/paper towel and press with a warm, dry iron to melt residual wax.

After allowing the cloth to cool, lightly sponge the stained area with dry-cleaning fluid and blot onto kitchen/paper towel to help remove residual coloured staining. Always check for colourfastness before using dry cleaning fluid.

Care should be taken when handling dry cleaning fluid. Ensure safety directions on the bottle are followed and store out of reach of children. Only apply the fluid when the cloth is cool. Do not iron a fabric treated with dry-cleaning fluid.

If the stain persists, soak overnight in Omomatic detergent in water as hot as the fabric will allow.

Always check for colourfastness and dye stability before soaking.

Finally, wash as usual with Omo or Omomatic.

Chewing gum stains

Place the garment in a plastic bag, with the chewing gum facing the outside, and place in the freezer. Allow the gum to harden. Remove from the freezer and then break it off the surface of the fabric. It may be picked off with tweezers – care should be taken with knitted articles to avoid pulling out threads.

Any residual gum can be treated with eucalyptus oil, dabbing it onto the gum. Always check for colourfastness on an inside seam of the garment prior to treatment with eucalyptus oil. Wash as normal with Omo High Performance concentrate powder.

Chocolate stains

If chocolate is still soft, place the garment in a plastic bag and place in the fridge for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. Remove from the fridge and scrape off the excess chocolate with the blunt side of a knife. Then wash the garment in a warm wash with Omo High Performance concentrate powder. If the stain persists, soak overnight in Omomatic and warm to hot water. Always check for colourfastness and dye stability before soaking.

Coffee/Tea stains

Soak the garment overnight in Omomatic. The soaking water should be as hot as the fabric will allow. Always check for colourfastness and dye stability before soaking. Then wash as usual with Omo or Omomatic.

Cooking oil/fat stains

If the stain is extensive and appears to have deeply penetrated the fabric, get the garment dry cleaned. However, if the staining is not severe, you could try the following:

If the oil/fat is fresh, sprinkle the stain with talcum powder and gently work it into the fabric. Leave for 30 minutes and then brush off. Then wash the garment using Omo concentrate powder or Omomatic in the hottest water that the fabric will allow. Always check for colourfastness and dye stability before soaking.

Deodorant stains

Begin by rubbing the stain with white vinegar. If this is unsuccessful, soak the affected area in methylated spirit for an hour. Place the rest of the garment in a higher position than the area being soaked to avoid the solution being wholly absorbed by the garment. Always check the garment for colourfastness before using methylated spirits.

Care should be taken when handling methylated spirit. Ensure safety directions on the bottle are followed and store out of reach of children.

If the stain persists, rub the stained area with laundry soap and water as hot as fabric will allow. Then soak overnight in Omo or Omomatic and warm water. After this, wash as usual. Remember to read the care label to make sure that your garment will not be damaged when you attempt to remove the stain.

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