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Removing Mud Stains

Q: How do you remove mud stains?

A: Most mud stains can be removed by washing the item according to the care instructions. Let the mud dry, then brush off as much as possible using a soft bristle brush, such as an old toothbrush. Wash as usual using regular laundry detergent.

For those more difficult mud stains, try treating the stain using one of the many pretreatment products on the market.

You can also use the following mixture of detergent and ammonia as a pretreatment. Measure the amount of detergent needed for the load. Take a small amount of the detergent and mix with regular household ammonia (the non-sudsing type) to form a paste and apply to the stained area. Let stand for five to 10 minutes, then launder as usual using the hottest water allowable for the garment.

Remember to test for colorfastness before using any stain removal agent. To test for colorfastness, apply a small amount of the product to an unexposed area of the garment. Let stand for about five minutes, then rinse. If the color is affected, don't use the product. Also check the label on your laundry detergent, as many give step-by-step pretreatment instructions. For best results take items to your local DLI member cleaner.
Posted By Harry Kimmel | 8/31/2016 12:49:33 PM