This Holiday Season, while you attempt to recreate traditional barbecue recipes, spilling oily sauces on your clothing is inevitable. These sauces, especially the Barbecue sauce, can be extremely difficult to remove. The oils in these types of sauces can work their way deep into the fibers of your clothing, making it extremely difficult for them to be removed. However, if you use the right processes, you may be able to eliminate most of the stain, if not all of it.
Here’s how you can remove oily sauces and stains from your clothes with ease!
Get Rid of Any Excess
As soon as you notice a spill, wipe or scrape away any excess sauce that may be left behind. Try not to smear it around. Keep the stain as small and manageable as possible. Eliminating the excess will leave behind only the sauce that has made its way into the cloth. Don’t scrub the stain when you are trying to get rid of the excess, as doing so will only drive the stain deeper into the fibers.
Rinse the Area with Cold Water
After removing the excess sauce, pour cold water through the backside of the stain. This should be done as quickly as possible after the stain occurs. Don’t use hot water because it will allow the stain to set into the fibers. While running cold water through the stained fabric, apply a little laundry soap. Work the soap into both sides of the stain. This will keep the stain from setting into the fibers and make it easier to remove.
Apply a Stain Remover to the Area
After you have treated the stain with cold water and laundry soap, you will want to apply a liquid or spray-type stain remover. It should be applied to both sides of the stained fabric. Ensure that the entire area is completely covered. Allow the stain remover to sit for at least ten to fifteen minutes before washing it off. If the fabric is white, you may use a bleaching agent. However, skip the bleaching agent if you are not sure about using it.
Soak the Stain with Warm Soapy Water
After you have treated the fabric with a strong stain remover, the next step is to let it soak in warm soapy water. Once you rinse the soap out of the fabric, you may apply stain remover one more time and let it soak for a few minutes longer. Then, rinse it out for the second time and wash like normal.
Let the Professionals Take Care of It!
Dealing with stains can be a problem, especially the greasy ones that stem from afternoon barbecues or tailgating parties. Contact our experts at Fresh & Clean Laundry, and rest assured while we take care of the stain! Visit our website or call us today at 619-691-7626 to learn how we can help you do your laundry and dry cleaning in no time.
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