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How do you remove lotion stains on bath towels?

An emulsifying laundry detergent in multiple baths should help in the removal of the lotion/oil stains. With cotton textiles, additional concentration of alkali will help pull oil out of the fabric. Your laundry detergent supplier may be able to help you with special products for stain removal. A concentrated citrus degreaser is effective on most vegetable oil staining. This type of product or a good emulsifier should work.

How do you remove wax shoe polish from the cuffs of a pair of pants?

Here’s is the procedure:

  • Test the colour of a garment before starting any stain removal procedure.
  • Place the garment on the spotting board over a white towel.
  • Apply volatile dry solvent [VDS], apply oily type paint remover [OTPR] and tamp the stain with spotting brush. A bone spatula may be used to work the agents into the fabric.
  • Flush the area with VDS. You may have to repeat this process until the staining substance stops bleeding from the fabric. Make sure you move the white towel to a clear area to prevent the stain from transferring back to the fabric.
  • If some dye or colour of the wax polish is still present, wet the area with water or steam. Apply neutral synthetic detergent tamp and flush.
  • If the stain remains apply ammonia or protein formula, tamp and flush.
  • Flush the chemicals with steam or water. Dry the garment completely.

I recently had a tube of lipstick, that was left in a pocket, go through my cleaning machine and it left lipstick on almost the entire load. It took me hours to remove each stain on the stain removal board. Is there an easier way to handle a lipstick load if it happens again?

A large portion of lipstick loads and ink loads can be restored by running the clothes back through the cleaning machine with a few adjustments to the cleaning cycle. Follow these steps to remove stains from ink or lipstick load:

  1. Drop solvent level to half the normal level.
  2. Add 2lt of oily-type paint remover for every 12.5kg of rated capacity of the machine.
  3. Run the garments for 15 minutes in PERC or 25 minutes in Petroleum. Do not circulate the solvent through the filters or base tank.
  4. Drop the solvent to the still or dirty tank.
  5. Pump in fresh solvent.
  6. Rinse thoroughly in clear solvent and dry on a cool setting (55-60oC). You may also wish to drop the rinse into the still.
  7. Work on the remaining stains on the wet side, beginning with steam and neutral synthetic detergent. Proceed with protein formula, then tannin formula. Use bleaches only as a last resort, taking any necessary precautions such as testing for colour-fastness and fabric damage.

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