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First presented to the American people in 1951, polyester was advertised as a “miracle” material that you could wear for 68 days straight and still look good. While you probably wouldn’t want to test the claim, you can’t deny that polyester is durable and wears well. Its synthetic fibers also resist absorbing stains as easily as natural fibers. When stained, it cleans easily. The only exception is oil stains; anything with an oil component will cling to the fibers and require a slightly more intensive treatment.
1Pick off food remnants, if any, immediately. A fresh stain is always easier to treat than an older one. Blot the soiled area with a clean, white paper towel or cloth.
2Lay the garment, soiled side up, on a clean white towel or other absorbent surface. Ensure the item is flat and spread out to reveal the food stain completely.
3Prepare a stain fighting solution of white vinegar diluted with up to an equal portion of water. Squirt in a generous portion of a mild liquid dish soap. Fill a spray bottle or similar applicator with the solution and shake to mix.
4Spray the food stain generously to apply the cleanser. Wait 3 to 5 minutes to allow the vinegar to lift the stain, then respray the stain lightly.
5Blot the soiled area with a clean white cloth to absorb the liquified food stain. If the stain is nearly removed, proceed to washing the item in cool to lukewarm water with your normal laundry soap. Add a little borax laundry booster to help your detergent clean.
6Fill a large bowl, bucket or your sink with room temperature water and a splash of dish soap if the stain is still fairly visible after spot treatment. Add about 1/2 cup vinegar if desired. Soak the garment for 30 minutes to an hour before removing and washing normally.
1Blot the blood stain to remove as much blood as possible. Place a white paper towel or old cloth on either side of the stained area and press to absorb excess blood.
2Fill a large bucket, basin, or your sink with lukewarm water. Add a little mild liquid dish soap and mix. Place the bloody garment in the cleansing solution, ensuring it is completely covered by water, and allow it to soak two or three hours minimum.
3Drain the dirty water while leaving the garment inside the container. Refill with new water with a splash of detergent. Add about one cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix well. Leave the item to soak overnight.
4Wash the soiled item in the laundry according to label instructions. Add a little borax to boost your detergent’s washing power.1Line your work surface with a clean white towel or other absorbent item. Arrange the garment, soiled side up, on top.
2Scatter a generous layer of baking soda across the stained portion. Allow it to absorb the excess grease and oil for 45 minutes to an hour. While polyester fibers are hydrophobic meaning they repel water and absorb the oil easily, baking soda mops up the excess.
3Carry the garment, slightly gathered up to prevent the baking soda from falling, to the sink or anywhere you don’t mind a mess. Brush off the baking soda to remove.
4Rearrange the stained garment on your work surface. Pour a generous amount of mild dishwashing soap across the surface. Don’t worry about using too much soap is designed to break up grease and oil, and will not harm the garment. Wait 5 to 10 minutes to ensure the detergent has time to work.
5Throw the garment, without rinsing first, in the washing machine. Run warm water and add a little borax laundry booster to your wash along with additional detergent. Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide, instead of borax, if preferred. Either should help the now less hydrophobic residue to lift completely.
Things You Will Need White paper towels or cloth towels Spray bottle Liquid dish soap Liquid laundry detergent Borax Hydrogen peroxide White vinegar Baking soda
Tip Vinegar is a nearly universal stain solvent for most any fabric. Other choices include commercial stain fighting solutions, used according to product instructions. To combat sweat stains, make a paste of aspiring and vinegar. Spread over the stain and soak for an hour or two before washing. Hairspray is still the old standby for ink stains. However, it’s not really the hairspray that removes the stain it’s the rubbing alcohol.
Warnings Air dry items to check the stain after treatment. Inspect and retreat as necessary. If the stain is gone, you can use the dryer for subsequent washings. High heat sets stains permanently. Spot test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area before using.
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