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Rules of Stain Removal

The Martha Stewart Show, April 2008

Rules of Stain Removal
1. Act quickly. The sooner you get to the stain, the more likely you are to get it out.

2. Scoop up solids, such as chocolate or ketchup, with a dull-edged knife before blotting.

3. Blot liquids with a white cloth to prevent dye transference onto the item you're treating.

4. Work from the outside in so you don't spread the stain.

5. Dab at stains; don't rub or press hard.

6. Test the stain-removal technique you are using on a hidden area of the garment to make sure fabric will withstand treatment.

Removing Gum from Clothing
1. Use ice to freeze the gum (or put the clothing in the freezer).

2. Scrape or crack off as much as you can.

3. Treat with stain remover and launder.

Treating an Oil-Based Stain
1. Cover the area with cornstarch or talcum powder to absorb the oil.

2. Scrape off after 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Apply stain remover and launder.

Resources
Use the Shout Advanced Gel as your final step in the stain-removal process. Sometimes you can't get to a stain right away and this product can help get out set-in stains that otherwise can ruin your clothing. Shout Advanced Gel is super concentrated and has more stain-fighting enzymes than traditional stain removers. Special thanks to Shout for giving our studio audience a box of Shout Color Catchers.

Comments (4)

  • 2 Mar, 2011

    How do you remove chewing gum from a suede blazer? Ice in a bag is not working.

  • 29 Jun, 2008

    I have the same problem and would love to know the answer.

  • 18 Apr, 2008

    How do you get sunscreen stains off clothes? They leave ugly orangy marks.

  • 14 Apr, 2008

    Thanx so much--handy by kitchen sink.