The sight of colour bleeding stains often triggers panic. However, it is possible to get rid of such stains easily. In this blog, we have explained how to remove colour bleeding stains from clothes using the right products and restore stained garments to their original state.
Here’s what exactly you can expect from this blog:
So, let’s see how you can do it:
Keep everything that you need for stain removal handy so that you don’t have to run around the house while cleaning. Here is all that you may require:
You don’t have to collect all the stain removers mentioned above like oxybleach, chlorine bleach, white vinegar, etc. Depending on the care label, colour and fabric of the garment you will need any one of these. In the upcoming sections we have explained which stain remover is suitable for different garments, so keep reading.
Sometimes colour bleeding stains go away just with rewashing. Place the stained garment separately in the washer. Add your regular laundry detergent and wash the clothing using cool water on a normal wash cycle.
If rewashing doesn’t help in removing colour bleeding stains then follow the further steps.
One should refer following parameters before identifying the suitable stain remover for color bleeding stains:
Let’s see each of these in detail:
Bleach is commonly used for removing colour bleeding stains. However, you should read the label carefully to know if it is okay to use bleach on the garment. In case the garment cannot tolerate bleach you should use white vinegar after diluting it with water.
You can use white vinegar on both white and coloured clothes. However, never apply it directly to the stained area as the acidic nature may lighten the colour. Dilute vinegar with cool water.
If it is okay to use bleach then you have two options: Chlorine bleach and Oxybleach.
Chlorine bleach is stronger than oxy bleach. Hence, it can remove tough colour bleeding stains. It also acts as a good deodorizer. However, it can only be used on white clothes as it can lighten/ fade out the colours. You can easily purchase chlorine bleach like Clorox from pharmacy stores. We do not recommend the frequent use of chlorine bleach as it weakens the fabric.
To remove colour bleeding stains from coloured clothes you should always use Oxybleach. Some popular oxygen bleaches available in the market includes OxiClean, Nellie’s All-Natural Oxygen Brightener, Ariel Oxybleach and OXO Brite. You can purchase any of them easily online or in your nearest retail stores.
Once you have identified a suitable stain remover, perform a patch test before using that to see how the fabric reacts. If it does not cause any harm to the fabric, go ahead. Here is how you can use different types of stains removers on colour bleeding stains:
Take 1 cup (235 ml) of vinegar. Pour it into a tub filled with one galloon (approximately 3.8 litres) of cool water. Diluting the vinegar is important otherwise its acidic nature can lighten the shade of the garment. Soak the stained garment for 30 minutes.
Add ¼ cup (60ml) of bleach with 1 gallon (approximately 3.8 litres) of cool water in a washtub or in your sink. Soak the stained garment for 6-8 hours. The bleach will push the stain out of the garment.
If the colour bleeding stain still persists, you can use a colour remover. Blonco, Rit, and Carbona are some colour removers that you can easily purchase online via Amazon. Do a patch test by soaking a small area of the garment to see how the fabrics react to the colour remover.
Add the colour remover to water (according to the package instructions). Soak the stained garment for 10-15 minutes (refer to the package instructions as the duration may vary from product to product).
The chemicals used in colour removers can fade out the colour. Hence, we recommend using colour removers on white clothes only.
Take out the garment from the tub or sink. Rinse the garment with cool water to get rid of the residue of stain remover. Then put it in the washer. Add your regular laundry detergent with normal water. Run the machine on a gentle cycle. Then, air-dry the garment.
It is good to know how to remove colour bleeding stains, it is even better to know how to prevent them. Follow these safe laundry practices and keep such colour bleeding stains away:
By taking care of these little things while doing laundry you can actually save your clothes from colour bleeding stains. Be a little cautious and stay stress-free.
Let’s quickly have a look at some cases where it is better to visit the dry cleaners than take charge of stain removal at home.
Rewash the stained garment, if it doesn’t remove the stain you will need stain removers. Read the garment care label to see whether the fabric can tolerate bleach or not. If it is bleach-sensitive you can use vinegar. If you can use bleach, then choose between Oxybleach and chlorine bleach on the basis of colour and fabric. You can also use colour removers on white clothes.
Along with knowing how to remove colour bleeding stains from clothes, you should follow safe laundry practices to prevent such stains as well.
In case the colour bleeding stains are too stubborn, you can simply visit your nearest dry cleaner. If you are not sure about handling heavily embellished or delicate fabric, then also you should send such clothes for professional dry cleaning.
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