Chocolate, wine, and coffee can be the three worst offenders when it comes to tough food and drink stains – but they don't have to ruin your favourite shirt! By using Surf excel Matic in your washing machine and following these simple tips, you can remove these stains and get your family’s clothes clean and bright.
Read on for our guide to getting rid of these common food and drink stains!
General tips for removing food and drink stains
The best thing you can do once you've noticed a food or drink stain is to wet it with either water from the tap or soda water – even if you're out of the house. Always pour the water over the garment from the reverse side, so that you're not driving the stain further into the fabric. Dried stains can be much harder to remove and may even set into the fibres, meaning they will be more difficult to remove. Similarly, try not to get the stain too hot, as this might set the stain.
Only use warm water when soaking or treating the garment, as this will reduce the risk of the dirt bonding with the clothing fibres. It may be tempting to scrub the material in order to remove a stubborn stain – but try to avoid rubbing or scrubbing! It’s better to use gentle pressure – dabbing rather than rubbing.
Dabbing the stain will help remove it, whereas scrubbing it might set the stain. Whenever you are using a new method to treat stains, you should test it on a small area of fabric. Also, always check the care label for instructions – you might find some helpful tips! Now let's look at how to treat each type of stain individually – chocolate, coffee, and wine.
How to remove chocolate stains
Chocolate is an irresistible treat for your little ones – but sometimes it seems like they get it all over their clothes, as well! To get rid of chocolate stains, a solution of liquid detergent and warm water is best.
First, scrape off as much chocolate as you can. If there is a lot of chocolate on the item of clothing, try putting it in the fridge (make sure you put it in a plastic bag to protect it!). This way, the chocolate may harden and be easier to remove.
Then turn the garment inside out and set it down on a clean cloth or a paper towel. Gently dab the stain from the reverse side with a little dish soap mixed with water. When most of the mark has disappeared, wash the item as normal in your washing machine with Surf excel Matic to remove any remaining traces of chocolate.
How to remove coffee stains
Coffee is a staple of the working day, but it's not so popular when it ends up on your saree blouse or favourite kurta! To make sure that a coffee stain doesn't stick around, here are some stain removal strategies. If the stain is on cotton fabric, then you can dab the stain with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide. Then, wash the garment with Surf excel Matic on a normal cycle. If you have a coffee stain on silk, then you can use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar to help remove the stain.
Mix equal parts of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar and then use a clean cloth to dab the stain gently. Then, wash the garment on the wool cycle of your washing machine. If you have a coffee stain on polyester or another synthetic material, then we recommend that you dab the stain with a clean cloth, trying to remove as much of the coffee as possible. It is easiest to do this as quickly as possible – do not wait until the stain has dried. Then, wash the garment on a normal cycle in your washing machine.
How to remove wine stains
Accidents can happen all too easily with red wine! If you treat the stain as soon as possible, you will get the best results. The method you use will depend on the stained material – cotton, polyester, silk, or wool. If you have a red wine stain on cotton or polyester, then blot the stain with a paper towel to prevent the wine from soaking into the fabric. Next, use salt to absorb the wine. Sprinkle a layer of salt over the stain – you will be able to see the salt soaking up the wine! This step will also help to prevent the stain from spreading. After rinsing with warm (not hot) water, wash the garment as usual in the washing machine.
If your red wine stain is on coloured silk, then you will follow the same instructions as for cotton and polyester material to remove the stain. If you have a wine stain on wool or on white silk, then you first should place the item on a clean white cloth. Use another clean cloth to dab at the stain with a mixture of white vinegar and water (1 tablespoon of vinegar to 250 ml of water). Then, wash the item on the delicate or wool cycle with an appropriate detergent.
Food and drink stains are impossible to avoid, especially in a busy family home, but they don't have to give you nightmares! If you act fast and keep Surf excel Matic handy, you will find that removing coffee, chocolate and wine stains is easy!