THINGS TO REMEMBER
If you are not sure of the type of fabric involved or it has a special finish such as taffeta or velvet, it is safer to take it to the cleaner or seek professional advice.
Don’t apply heat to an article before treating, as this will set many stains, especially protein based ones.
Always treat a stain as soon as possible – the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to remove.
Before cleaning, where appropriate, brush and shake articles in order to remove any loose dirt.
Soaking in cold water and then washing as normal can remove many stains, especially if treated quickly. NEVER soak woollens, silks, non-fast colours, flame resistant or rubberised fabrics or those with metal buttons or fasteners.
Before tackling any stain, test the fabric for possible reactions and colour fastness by applying the stain remover to a small hidden area and check after 5-10 minutes. If there are any signs of the colour fading or changing do not proceed. Seek professional advice as soon as possible.
Old dry stains can sometimes be removed by softening with glycerine (use diluted, one part to two parts water). Leave on for 10 minutes then soak and wash.
It is probably best to avoid tackling delicate or expensive items.