In a special section on dealing with summer stains, Chuck Horst provided the special paragraph on...
Stain Removal Basics
• Treat stains as quickly as possible.
• Always test stain removers on an inconspicuous area of the fabric first, to make certain the color won't be affected.
• After laundering stained fabrics, air-dry and inspect the articles to ensure the spots are gone before machine drying or ironing (both of which help set stains).
• In general, it's best to avoid rubbing, which can spread the stain, abrade the fabric, and remove color. Blot instead.
• Do not pour bleach directly on a stain. "Bleach can make a temporary visual improvement," says Chuck Horst, the general manager of Margaret's Cleaners, in La Jolla, California, "but the end result will be a weakened fabric or a permanent yellowing."
- Updated: July 8, 2006
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