Holidays are around the corner; it is often during these times that big parties are organized to rejoice with family and friends. During these gatherings, few of the main dishes are barbecues and oven roasted delicacies are seasoned with different types of sauces. Consequently, it is expected to have accidents that lead to the possibilities of staining clothes while enjoying the food. If that’s the case, you don’t need to panic when it happens. Below are a few tips to have handy as you face the challenge to remove those stains and restore your clothes back to their initial stage.
To remove excess sauce
Using a spoon to remove the barbecue sauce from the stain fabric carefully will prevent the stain from affecting other parts of the clothing. You won’t be able to retrieve sauce that has soaked into the fabric, but the one that is bundled on the outside can be removed.
Rinse with cold water
Quickly run cold water over the stain; Hot water can set the stain and make it much more difficult to remove.
Apply liquid detergent
Rub liquid laundry detergent on the stained part of the fabric. Work it in gently with your fingers while making sure both sides are well soaked. Liquid laundry detergent is excellent for removing the greasy bits of barbecue sauce that clings to the fibers of your clothes. Most laundry detergents contain the necessary punch to soak up the stain. Let the detergent sit for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with lukewarm water. You can substitute this step with mild dish soap if you don’t have liquid laundry detergent.
Add bleach (optional)
If the garment is white or you tested it for colorfastness, apply a mild bleach, either hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar, using a sponge. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. If the garment has a color or pattern, test the cleaner in a hidden area of your fabric. Even mild bleaches can strip color from clothes, so skip this step if you’re worried. Rinse clothes thoroughly.
Apply a stain remover
Apply a stain remover gel or spray of your choice and let it sit for five to fifteen minutes or as directed. Liquids or gel stain removers are often best for fully penetrating the fabric. You can also apply the stain remover to the two sides of the affected area on the garment to ensure it is fully covered.
Wash and air dry
After you pre-treat the stain, wash your clothes as usual with your favorite detergent and at the temperature listed on the label that is safe for the fabric. Before drying, make sure the stain is completely removed.
Please note: Do not put clothes in the dryer until the stain is entirely out because the dryer’s heat can further set the stain, making it very difficult to remove. If you don’t have time to follow all these tips or need assistance with your laundry needs, remember that Mr. Laundromat is always available for you.