With sunny days begins grilling season! And Memorial Day is coming up, so now’s as good a time as any to sharpen your grilling technique. Don’t go too crazy while whipping up your secret sauce. A barbecue stain can happen fast, leaving you with spot on your favorite t-shirt or tank top. Don’t let an innocent mistake become a permanent splotch. Here are five tips for removing common stains.
1. Treat it Immediately
The number one thing to keep in mind is that you never want to give a stain time to set. Different fabrics require different solvents, but in general water is usually a safe bet.
If your fabric is cotton-based, any light acids (i.e. vinegar and lemon juice), or detergents will be your optimal choices.
Wool requires gentle care. Be sure to lay your wool material flat as it dries and wash with wool-safe detergents in lukewarm water. After immediate treatment it is advisable to bring the garment to a dry cleaner as soon as possible.
Silk is a little more difficult to clean. If treating with water, soak the entire article, rinsing thoroughly to avoid water spotting. A safe alternative is to use glycerin stain remover.
Synthetics, such as polyester and rayon, may be durable, but oxidizing bleaches can ruin such materials. Avoid damage to these articles by using basic laundry detergent, or even dish soap for heavier grease stains. And don’t be afraid to really scrub your synthetics!
2. Blotting Your Troubles Away
If you just spilled on your clothes, be sure to blot the affected area right away. Blotting is a means of absorbing substances from fabric without the pressing or smearing that would otherwise result from vigorous scrubbing. You can use a terry cloth to tackle the stain, but even your standard paper towel will get the job done.
3. Patience is Key
You can’t rush these things. After you’ve treated a spot, allow the solvent or detergent some time to settle. Because the compounds within a stain can take a while to break down, you will need to be patient. But why rush? Take a moment to read a few chapters in your book, catch up on your favorite show, or go for a jog. A couple hours will do, but allowing it to soak for as long as three days can be even more beneficial, depending on the severity of the stain.
4. Different Treatments For Different Stains
Your method of cleaning will greatly depend on the kind of substance you’re dealing with. Anything food-based, such as fruit or fruit juices, can be taken care of using vinegar followed by a cold water rinse.
Mixing vinegar with baking soda will create a paste that is excellent for treating more stubborn stains. After application, allow a minimum of 30 minutes for adequate absorption before rinsing and washing.
Grease can be eliminated with rubbing alcohol in most situations. Pour directly onto the stain and leave it until the spot begins to fade.
5. Pay Attention While Soaking Your Garments
As your clothes sit in whatever cleaner or detergent you’ve chosen, make sure to agitate the water every now and then. No need to get fancy – just use your hand to stir the contents. You will want to agitate after every hour or so depending on how long you’re soaking and the severity of the stain.
Once you’ve properly treated your Boxercraft garment, you’re ready to wash. Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day Weekend and rest assured knowing your clothes will be looking their best, even after a devastating food or drink spill.
What are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend? Will you be the grill master of your neighborhood, or do you have a big trip coming up? Let us know in the comments, we love to hear from you (and could really use some suggestions!).