The proper handling depends on the sort of stain involved and on the kind of fabric.
The most significant rule to follow when removing any stain from fabric is to take on the job as quickly as possible. A stain that can be taken away easily when fresh will often be hard (or even impossible) to get rid of after it has dried or after the stain has been “set” by heat.
The proper handling depends on the sort of stain involved and on the kind of fabric. In some instances the stain-removing chemicals needed could cause damage to the fabric or dyes. To avoid this, test first on a hidden spot of the same fabric. If the chemicals cause damage, send the article to a professional cleaner. Special equipment and knowledge are needed to handle some of the more difficult stains and fabrics.
Freshly spilled liquids must always be blotted quickly using clean, absorbent cloths or cotton, blotting paper or a clean sponge, then soak up carefully without rubbing the stain in. Avoid spreading the liquid and make the stain bigger. Powdered chalk, cornstarch or talcum powder can be poured over the stain to soak it up before it dries. Take out the powder as it turns saturated and put on fresh powder until no more liquid is absorbed. However, this technique is not always suited for use on very dark fabrics. The powder could cause its own white stain if it can’t be brushed off thoroughly.
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