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How to remove blood stains

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Whether you have scraped your knee or accidentally cut yourself, blood stains are notorious for being difficult to remove. Follow these two methods, and find out how easy it can be to remove blood stains. 

  • Fresh blood 
  • Dried blood

Fresh blood

As with most stains, it’s easier to remove blood stains when they are fresh. 

To remove a fresh blood stain you will need:

  • Cold water
  • Washing up liquid 

Begin removing your stain by flushing it with cold water. Make sure that you’re using cold rather than hot water as hot water will only set your stain further into your clothing. 

Once you are satisfied that you have removed as much of the blood as possible via flushing, pour a small amount of washing-up liquid on the stain and gently work it in with your fingers. Be wary of being too rough with your fabric as this can damage the fibers of your clothing and cause the stain to set further into your item. 

After working your washing up liquid into your stain, rinse it off with cold water. If you can still see your stain, add more washing up liquid and repeat the process. 

When you are satisfied that your stain has been lifted, wash your garment as you usually would. Before drying your item, check that your stain has been completely removed. If it hasn’t, repeat the whole process. 

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Dried blood

Unfortunately, dried blood stains are a lot harder to remove than fresh blood because they have already set into the fibres of your garment. That does not, however, make them completely impossible to remove. 

To remove a dried blood stain you will need:

  • A blunt knife
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towel
  • A clean cloth
  • Cold water 

To begin removing your dried blood stain use a blunt knife to scrape off as much of the blood as possible. Be careful that you don’t push too hard whilst scraping as this can cause rips in your garment. 

Once you are satisfied that you have removed as much of the dried blood as possible, apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide directly on top of the stain. Before putting the peroxide on your stain, test it first on an unseen area of your garment, such as an inside seam. Hydrogen peroxide can cause discoloration on certain clothing items, so it’s best to check its effect on your stained item before placing it directly on your stain. 

Leave your hydrogen peroxide for 5 minutes, before using a paper towel to blot at it. You should notice your stain lifting from your garment and transferring on onto your paper towel. Be careful when blotting that you don’t push too hard as this could push the hydrogen peroxide and blood further into the fibers of your clothing

When you have lifted the majority of your hydrogen peroxide, and, subsequently, your stain, use a clean and damp cloth to gently rub the remaining stain until it has completely lifted. 

Finally, rinse the remaining hydrogen peroxide off of your garment using cold water. After this, wash your stained item as you usually would. If, after washing, your stain remains, repeat the process. 

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The best way to guarantee the removal of any stain is by letting us lift it for you. Book your Laundryheap order by heading to the Laundryheap website or downloading the free Laundryheap app.


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How to remove mouthwash stains

Mouthwash is very effective at freshening breath, reducing tooth decay, and whitening teeth. If you happen to dribble some on your clothing, follow these simple steps as quickly as possible to remove the stain

  • Remove excess
  • Pre-treat
  • Wash 
  • Check 
  • Dry
  • Laundryheap

Remove excess

Begin removing your stain by lifting any excess mouthwash from your garment. To do this, turn your item inside out and place the stained area under a cold running tap. This will help to flush out any lingering mouthwash and should make the stain easier to lift. Make sure that your tap is cold before placing your stain under it, as hot water will only set the stain further into your garment

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Pre-treat

Next, pre-treat your stain using liquid laundry detergent. Simply pour a small dose of detergent directly on top of your stain, and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, gently rub the liquid laundry detergent with a soft-bristled brush to loosen it, and leave it to soak for a further 15 minutes. 

Wash

After pre-treating your stain, check your garments care label and use the hottest wash setting applicable. Don’t rinse the pre-treatment liquid laundry detergent from your garment before washing it, as it will help with the final removal of your stain

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Check

Once your cycle has finished, take your garment out and fully check whether your stain has been lifted. If your stain remains on your item, repeat the previous steps. If your stain has been removed, you can proceed to the drying process. 

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Dry

You can dry your garment using a tumble dryer or by air drying. If your item has remnants of a mouthwash stain and is white, placing your garment to dry in direct sunlight can help lift the remaining stain. 

Once your item has dried, and you are satisfied that your mouthwash stain has been removed, put your garment away, ready to re-wear. 

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Laundryheap

If you have stained an item of clothing and you are not confident with how to remove it, simply book a Laundryheap service and we will remove it for you. When you make your booking, let us know what item is stained, where, and what the stain is, and we will do everything to lift the stain and re-deliver fresh, stain-free, clothing to you. 

To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove gardening stains

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Gardening, by nature, is a messy task to undertake. That, however, does not mean that your clothing has to be permanently stained by it. 

  • Grass
  • Mud
  • Pollen
  • Rust
  • Suncream 

Grass

Kneeling in the grass for a long period of time will leave you with a stubborn green stain. 

To remove grass stains you will need…

  • Cold water
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Rubbing alcohol (optional)
  • Hairspray (optional)

Begin the grass stain removal process by soaking your garment in cold water for 15 minutes. The cold water will soften the stain, and make it easier to lift. Make sure that your water is cold, as hot water will only set the stain further into your clothing. 

After 15 minutes, use your hands to rub laundry detergent directly onto your stain. You can use liquid detergent for this, however, powder detergent is particularly effective at removing stubborn outdoor stains.

Once you are satisfied that you have adequately rubbed your detergent into the stain, wash your item as you usually would. 

If your stain has not been completely lifted after washing, you may want to consider repeating the process or using rubbing alcohol or hairspray on your stain. The alcohol found in these products breaks down the green pigments in grass stains

If you are using rubbing alcohol, dab a small amount onto a clean cloth, and gently sponge it over your stain. When you see the colour lifting, rinse your garment in cold water and continue with the usual removal process. 

To use hairspray, spray a liberal amount over your stain and wait for it to completely dry. Once it has dried, used a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush, to scrub at your stain. When you notice the colour begin to fade, flush out the hairspray with cold water, and continue with the usual stain removal process. 

Mud

When it comes to gardening, mud is unavoidable. Luckily, mud stains can be easily removed. 

To remove mud stains you will need… 

  • Butter knife or spoon
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Liquid soap

Before beginning the removal process, first, check that the mud is completely dry. Do not attempt to remove wet or damp mud as your stain will only spread. 

When your mud has dried, use a butter knife or spoon to gently lift as much of the mud from your clothing as possible. Be careful when doing this as you don’t want to cause rips in your clothing, or set the mud deeper into the fibers of your garment. 

Once you are satisfied with the amount of mud that you have lifted, use a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush, to gently rub your stain. This will help to loosen the mud that has set into your clothing. 

After carefully brushing your stain, pour a small amount of liquid dish soap over the stain, and rub it in using your fingers. Make sure that the soap completely covers your stain, and is well worked in. 

Add a small amount of water to your soap, just enough to make it damp, and use your soft-bristled brush to rub over it. Use a circular motion, and brush both sides of your item to ensure that you are adequately working the soap in. Be careful to not rub too hard, as this can cause damage to your garment. Repeat these steps as many times as is necessary for the stain to lighten in colour. 

Once you are satisfied that your stain has lightened in colour, wash your garment as you usually would. If, after washing, you notice that your stain has not been completely removed, repeat the process.

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Pollen

Flowers are a beautiful addition to any garden, but their pollen can easily stain clothing. 

To remove pollen stains you will need…

  • Masking tape 
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Cold water

To begin removing your pollen stain, first shake off any lingering pollen. Make sure to do this outdoors and holding the stained area face-down. You don’t want to risk the pollen staining any other clothing. 

After removing any lingering pollen, take a long strip of masking tape and wrap it around your fingers, sticky side out. Gently press your tape-covered fingers on top of the pollen stain, and pull them back. As you lift your fingers, the pollen will stick to the tape and be removed from your clothing. You may need to repeat this step a few times to notice a significant difference. 

Once you are satisfied with the amount of pollen removed with the masking tape, hold your stained item under a cold running tap to flush-out the stain. Make sure that your tap is cold, as hot water will only set your stain further into your garment. When you’ve removed as much of the stain as possible, soak your stain in cold water for a further 30 minutes. Each time you flush and soak your clothing, more of the pollen is encouraged to detach so it is advised to repeat this step as many times as necessary. 

Next, cover your stain in a stain remover of your choice. This is the final step before washing and the stain remover will loosen any stubborn pollen particles. Leave your stain remover to penetrate your clothes fibres for 10 minutes, before washing your garment as you usually would. 

If your pollen stain persists after washing, repeat the process. 

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Rust  

Rust appears when iron is exposed to oxygen and moisture over a long period of time. It is not uncommon to find rust on garden furniture, plant pots, or gardening tools. 

To remove rust stains you will need…

  • A clean cloth
  • Table salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Cream of tartar (optional)
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Hydrogen peroxide (optional)

When a rust stain occurs, the first thing you need to do is pre-treat the stain. There are several ways you can pre-treat your stain, the first of which is to use table salt and lemon juice. Begin by sprinkling salt directly on to your rust stain. Make sure that the whole stain is covered by the salt. Next, squeeze a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over the salt. Finally, lay your garment on a flat surface, in direct sunlight. The rays from the sun will help speed up the chemical reaction of the salt and lemon juice, thus speeding up the pre-treatment of your stain. 

An alternative pre-treatment to salt and lemon juice is to create a paste from cream of tartar, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide. To make this paste, combine one teaspoon of cream of tartar, one teaspoon of baking soda, and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Stir your ingredients together until a paste is formed. Once your paste has formed, apply it directly to the stain, making sure that it covers the entirety of it. Leave your paste for 30 minutes, before thoroughly rinsing it from your garment. 

Once you have pre-treated your rust stain using one of these two methods, wash your item as you usually would. If, after washing, you notice that your stain has not been removed, repeat the process, or try using the alternative pre-treatment method.

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Sun cream

When you are out in the garden for long periods of time, it’s important to regularly apply sun cream to prevent yourself from getting burnt. 

To remove suncream stains you will need…

  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent 
  • Soft-bristled brush

To begin removing your sun cream stain, apply heavy-duty liquid detergent directly on to your stain. Make sure that you use enough to cover the whole of your stain. 

Using a soft-bristled brush, or your fingers, work your liquid detergent into your stain. The detergent contains enzymes that will break down the oils in your sun cream, and make it easier to be removed from your fabric. After working in your detergent, allow your garment to sit and absorb the detergent for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing as you usually would. If you notice that your stain has not been lifted, repeat the process. 

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If you’re struggling to remove stains from your clothing, book a Laundryheap service and let us remove them for you. To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove grease stains

If you’ve managed to get grease on your clothing, don’t panic. Try these quick and easy methods to remove the stain immediately. Remember, it’s always best to treat a grease stain as soon as possible to have the best chance of removal. 

  • Soap 
  • Baby powder, chalk, or corn-starch
  • Salt and rubbing alcohol 
  • Dry cleaning solvent 
  • Laundryheap

Soap 

For this method you will need:

  • Liquid soap- preferably one which states its ability to break down oil 
  • A toothbrush or brush with gentle bristles 

Begin by laying your stained item on a flat, clean, surface. Next, pour a generous amount of liquid soap over the stain, until it is completely covered. Use a toothbrush, or an alternative brush with soft bristles, to scrub the grease stain in a circular motion. Scrub your stain for 5-10 minutes, adding more liquid soap if it’s needed. Once you have completed your scrubbing, leave your garment to rest for 30 minutes. Finally, wash your clothing using the highest temperature your items care label advises. If, after your wash has been completed, your item is still stained, repeat the process.

Baby powder, chalk, or talcum powder 

For this method you will need:

  • Baby powder, chalk, or corn-starch 

Baby powder, chalk, and corn-starch are all fine powders that can fill the crevices in the fibres that make up your clothing, and absorb the grease. 

To begin this method, sprinkle your chosen powder directly over your grease stain, making sure that the whole stain is covered. Leave your powder to rest for 10-15 minutes so that it has an ample amount of time to completely absorb the grease. After 10-15 minutes, use a toothbrush, or alternative soft-bristled brush, to remove all of the powder. Finally, wash your garment using a cold water setting. If the stain has not been completely removed, repeat the process. 

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Salt and rubbing alcohol 

For this metod you will need: 

  • Salt
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • A clean soft cloth 

If you have managed to get grease on a thick fabric, such as denim, making a salt and rubbing alcohol solution is the best way forward. To make your solution, mix together one part salt with three parts rubbing alcohol. Pour your solution directly onto your grease stain, and use a clean soft cloth to rub the liquid into the fibres of your stained clothing. Once you are satisfied that your solution has been adequately rubbed in, leave it to soak for 10-15 minutes. After 10-15 minutes, wash your item has you usually would. If the stain remains, repeat the process. 

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Dry cleaning solvent 

For this method you will need:

  • Dry cleaning solvent 

If you have a grease stain that refuses to come out, you could buy dry cleaning solvent. Typically, these solvents will be spray-on or iron-on liquids that can be applied directly to the stain before washing. These should instantly remove your stain, but, be warned, they can be quite costly.

Laundryheap 

For this method you will need:

  • A phone, tablet, laptop, or computer

When it comes to removing stains, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals to take care of. When you book your Laundryheap service, simply let us know which clothing item(s) is stained and where the stain(s) is. We will take the upmost care to remove the stain(s) in the best way possible, and return your clothing clean, fresh, and stain-free. 

To book your Laundryheap service, simply head to the Laundryheap website, or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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The 5 stains of Christmas

Christmas is a time for giving, sharing, and being with those you love. Unfortunately, this can lead to stained clothing. Don’t worry though, because this is your guide to removing Christmas stains. 

  • Mulled wine 
  • Milk
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Chocolate
  • Candy canes

Mulled wine 

Mulled wine is the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit, so don’t let a mulled wine stain stop you from having a holly jolly Christmas. As soon as you spot the stain, dampen the area with a small amount of water. Using paper towels, or a clean, dry, cloth, gently dab at the stain, making sure to not rub it. Once the stain begins to lighten and lift, put your item into the washing machine and wash as per the care label instructions. 

Milk 

Don’t despair if you spill milk down yourself whilst leaving it out for Santa. Begin by blotting the stain with a clean cloth or napkin. Next, mix two cups of cold water with one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and one tablespoon of baking soda. Rub this mixture into the milk stain using your fingers or a soft brush. Once your stain has been covered by the mixture, rinse it with cold water. If you can still see the milk stain, repeat the process again. 

Cranberry sauce 

You can’t have a Christmas dinner without turkey, accompanied by lashings of cranberry sauce. Unfortunately, it is very easy to get over excited, and end up with a large cranberry sauce stain right down the middle of your Christmas outfit. If this does happen, act quickly as it is easier to get a wet stain out than a dry one.

Start by scrapping away the excess cranberry sauce with the back of a spoon or a dry, clean, cloth. Try and avoid spreading the stain. Once all of the excess cranberry sauce has been removed, flush the stain with a constant stream of cold water, making sure that the back of the stain is facing the flow of water. You should begin to notice your stain becoming lighter in colour. Next, rub a small amount of laundry detergent directly onto the stain, and wash your garment as normal. 

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Chocolate 

If you can’t indulge yourself at Christmas, then when can you? If you accidentally smear chocolate on your outfit, simply begin removing the stain by using a knife or spoon to lift the excess chocolate. Next, turn your garment inside out and run a constant stream of cold water through the stain. This will help loosen the stain from the fibres of your clothing. Once you’ve loosened your stain, lather it with laundry detergent, and leave it to soak for 30 minutes in cold water. Finally, wash your item as per the instructions on its care label. 

Candy canes

On Christmas Day, you can finally eat those candy canes that have been tempting you from the Christmas tree all month. Candy canes are not necessarily the easiest candy to eat, and when you bite into one, it is easy for them to shatter into small shards. If these shads end up stuck on your clothing, begin by filling a zip lock bag with ice and applying it directly onto the stain. This will cause the shard to stiffen and become easier to remove. When it has become hard, simply pull the shard away from your clothing, being careful not to rip your item.

To treat the stain left behind, dip a clean, dry, cloth in white vinegar and blot the stain. Once it has become damp with white vinegar, leave it to sit for 15 minutes before rinsing it with water and blotting it dry. 

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Don’t let stains ruin your Christmas. If there are any stains on your clothing that you can’t remove, give them to us. We will pick-up, dry clean, and re-deliver your clothing back to you, stain free, within 24 hours. 

To book your Laundryheap service, head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 

Merry Christmas, from the Laundryheap family. 


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How to remove red wine stains

Red wines natural deep red colouring is lovely to look at in a glass, but not so nice to look at on your clothing. If you have spilt red wine on yourself, this is how you can remove it. 

  • Table salt
  • Club soda
  • Soap and hydrogen peroxide
  • Kitty litter
  • Milk
  • Hot water
  • Shaving cream
  • Vodka
  • Laundryheap

Table salt 

Salt is the best stain remover for wine, but it must be used within two minutes of the wine being spilled. 

Sprinkle a thick layer of salt over your stain, making sure that it is completely covered. Leave the salt for an hour so that the salt crystals can absorb the red wine. After an hour, brush the salt off of your clothing and wash the remaining salt away with water. Your stain should be completely, or at least mostly, absorbed by the salt.

Club soda

Club soda is a popular method for removing red wine stains. The carbonation in club soda is believed to have stain lifting agents, including a low PH level which makes it a weak acid. 

To use the club soda method, simply pour the liquid continuously over the stain until you see the colour fade away. Once the colour has faded, leave your item to completely dry so that you can be sure that your stain has been completely removed. 

Soap and hydrogen peroxide

To begin this method of stain removal, mix equal parts of soap as hydrogen peroxide in a container. Depending on which you prefer, pour, sponge, or spray the mixture onto the stain, and blot with a clean paper towel or cloth. Never rub your stain as this can lead to it spreading. After a few blots, you should notice your stain begin to transfer onto your clean cloth or paper towel. Keep blotting until the stain has been completely lifted or has at least faded in colour. 

Kitty litter 

Kitty litter may seem like an odd way to lift a stain, however, it is incredibly absorbent. 

Simply sprinkle half an inch of kitty litter onto your stain, making sure that it is completely covered. Next, press down softly with your hands so that the kitty litter can begin absorbing the wine. Leave it for an hour so that it can work on absorbing the full stain. After an hour, hoover the kitty litter off of your clothing to see the end result. Your stain should be completely removed, or at least lighter in colour. 

Milk 

There are two ways that you can lift a red wine stain using milk. 

The first method is to pour the milk directly over the stain, allowing it to fully soak into the fabric, before blotting it with a clean cloth or paper towel. Your stain should be completely lifted after less than an hour. Wash your clothing as normal to remove the excess liquid. 

The second method is best if your red wine stain covers a larger surface area. Pour your milk into a large bowl and completely submerge your item into it. Leave it to soak for around an hour, before removing it from the milk and washing it as you usually would.

Hot water 

Normally, hot water sets stains into fabric rather than lifts them, however, because of red wines fruit base, hot water will help remove the stain. 

Begin by boiling water either in a pan or using a kettle. Whilst your water is boiling, in your sink stretch your stained item over a pan. Once your water has boiled, pour it over the stain from 3-4 feet above, making sure to be careful of any boiling water that may splash back at you. As you pour, you should see the colour being removed from your stain and your stain being completely lifted. Once your stain has been removed, dry the area with a clean cloth or paper towels. 

Shaving cream

Shaving cream will saturate and lift your red wine stain, even after it has dried. 

Spray your shaving cream over your stain, making sure that the whole area is covered. Next, use a spoon to flatten the cream into the fabric. Once your shaving cream has been flattened, wash your clothing as you usually would. Your stain should be completely lifted when you take your item out of the washing machine

Vodka 

If you don’t have vodka, any clear alcohol, such as gin, that has a higher proof than red wine should remove your stain.

Pour your vodka over the stain, making sure that the whole stain has been soaked in alcohol. Once your stain has been soaked, blot it with a clean cloth, before continuing to pour the vodka over the stain. Continue this process until your stain begins to fade and eventually disappears. Wash your item as usual.

Laundryheap 

If you have a red wine stain that refuses to be removed, send it to Laundryheap. Write us a note when you make your order letting us know what item the stain is on and where it is, and we will take the utmost care to remove the stain for you. 

To book your Laundryheap service, head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. 


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How to remove coffee stains

One minute you’re drinking a coffee, the next, you’re looking down to see a coffee stain on your top. This is how to remove those pesky coffee stains. 

  • Removing coffee stains from synthetic fabrics
  • Removing coffee stains from cotton
  • Using Laundryheap

Removing coffee stains from synthetic fabrics 

Synthetic fabric is any fabric that is man-made as opposed to natural. This includes acrylic, nylon, and polyester. These materials are fairly durable when compared to natural fabrics, so coffee stains are fairly easy to remove. 

You will need…

  • A dry cloth
  • A sponge
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing detergent 
  • White vinegar 
  • Rubbing alcohol

Begin by blotting the stain with a dry cloth. This will lift any of the excess coffee on the fabric. Remember to blot rather than rub as rubbing will only force the stain further into your fabric. 

Next, create a solution of 1 quarter warm water, half a teaspoon of dish-washing detergent, and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Once made, let your stain soak in the solution for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes has passed, remove your stained item from the solution and rinse with warm water. You should notice that the stain is a lighter colour as you wash the solution off. 

Once the solution has been washed off, use a sponge to dab rubbing alcohol onto the remainder of the stain. This will help to lift what is left of the coffee. 

Finally, wash your garment as you usually would. Once washed, if you notice that the stain has not been completely removed, repeat the process again. 

Removing coffee stains from cotton

Cotton, although a natural fabric, is strong. There are two methods that can be used to remove coffee stains from cotton or linen. 

For method one you will need…

  • A dry cloth
  • Warm water
  • Dishwashing detergent 
  • White vinegar
  • A sponge
  • Rubbing alcohol

This method is exactly the same as removing coffee stains from synthetic fabrics. The only difference in this method is that you have to rinse the rubbing alcohol off of your cotton before washing as usual. 

For method two you will need…

  • A rubber band
  • A large bowl
  • A temperature display kettle

Begin by stretching your stained cotton over a large bowl. Secure the material over the bowl with your rubber band. 

After securing your material, boil your temperature display kettle to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Once boiled pour the water over the stain. Be careful whilst doing so, you don’t want to burn yourself. 

If the stain does not instantly disappear, try pouring fresh water over the stain. 

It is important to note that near-boiling water is safe for cotton, however, can damage some dyes that may have been used on your clothing. To avoid damage to your whole garment you may want to pre-test this method on an inconspicuous part of the item, such as the seam. 

Using Laundryheap

The best way to treat any stain is by using a professional dry cleaning service. If you have a coffee stain, or any other stain, that needs to be treated book a Laundryheap slot. Simply select your service and write in the comments which items are stained and by what, and leave the rest to us. 

To book your Laundryheap dry cleaning slot head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app. We are fully operational in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Coventry, Amsterdam, Doha, Kuwait City, Dublin, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Singapore, Boston, New York City, Manama, and, most recently, Rotterdam, and The Hague.  


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How to remove ink stains

Ink stains are a potential outfit ruiner. Whether you’ve accidentally ran a ball-point pen over the sleeve of your best white shirt, or your children have decided to give your favourite skirt a new design, ink stains can be incredibly difficult to remove. Try these methods for removing them.

  • Cover in Salt
  • Apply liquid laundry detergent 
  • Blot with rubbing alcohol 
  • Spray with hairspray 
  • Soak in milk
  • Spread over with vinegar and corn starch

Cover in salt 

If you catch your ink stain before it has dried you are incredibly lucky because they are easier to remove than dried stains. To remove fresh ink stains, cover the stain in salt and dab gently with a wet paper towel. Brush off the salt and check to see if the stain has been removed. If the stain hasn’t been removed, repeat the process, or try an additional method explained in this post.

Apply liquid laundry detergent 

For a dried, water-based, ink stain a liquid laundry detergent is best to use. Begin by laying your stained item of clothing on a clean towel. Apply water to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. As you blot you should begin to see the ink transferring from your stained clothing onto the cloth. Once no more ink is being transferred onto the cloth, apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent on what’s left of the ink stain. Leave it to soak in for three to five minutes. After three to five minutes, wash your clothing on the hottest setting advised on the care label. Before drying, check that the stain has been completely removed and, if not, complete the process again. 

Blot with rubbing alcohol 

Before beginning with this method you need to check that your clothing won’t be stained further by the rubbing alcohol. To do this, dab some rubbing alcohol onto the seam of your garment and wait to observe if a reaction occurs. If nothing happens, you are safe to begin.

Firstly, lay your stained item of clothing on top of a clean towel. Using a clean cloth blot your ink stain with rubbing alcohol, this will begin diluting the stain. Be aware that the towel underneath your garment may become wet with rubbing alcohol and stained with transferred ink. If this happens, replace the wet and stained towel with a fresh one to ensure that no ink is re-transferred on to your clothing. Continue dabbing your stain with rubbing alcohol until no ink is transferred onto the cloth. Once you’ve reached this point, wash off any rubbing alcohol residue. 

If you are treating a ball-point pen stain, rub a small amount of liquid laundry detergent on to the stain and leave it for three to five minutes. Wash off the detergent and observe whether the stain has been removed. 

Before moving forwards, observe whether the blotting and liquid detergent has been successful in removing the ink stain. If so, wash your garment on the hottest wash suggested on your clothing items care label. If the stain has not been successfully removed, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cool water. Completely submerge your clothing in the solution and leave it to soak for 8 hours. If your stain has still not been removed, make a new solution, and leave your clothing for another 8 hours. This should remove the stain, and leave your clothing ink free.

Spray with hairspray 

Most hairsprays contain alcohol which is incredibly useful when dissolving ink and removing ink stains. The higher the alcohol content in the hairspray, the more effective it will be in removing the stain- often the cheaper hairsprays have the highest alcohol content.

Lay your stained garment on a clean towel, and thoroughly spray the stain. Blot the stain with a clean cloth until the stain has been removed. Once removed, wash your clothing according to the advice on your garments care label. If the stain has not been removed, repeat the process.

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Soak in milk

If you have time for a more time-consuming ink stain removal method this could be the solution for you. Fill a bowl with enough milk to completely submerge your ink stain. Place your stained clothing in the milk and leave it overnight to soak. Remove your clothing in the morning and observe whether the stain has been removed. If your stain has been removed, wash your garment as normal. If your stain has not been removed, repeat the process, or perhaps try one of the other methods suggested in this post.

Spread over with vinegar and cornstarch 

Begin this process by laying your damaged item on a clean towel and soaking your stain with vinegar. Whilst the vinegar begins breaking down the ink, mix two parts vinegar with three parts cornstarch until a paste has formed. Once you have reached paste consistency, spread it over the ink stain and leave it to completely dry. Once your paste has dried, wash your item as you normally would. 

If these methods aren’t successful in removing your ink stain, leave it to us to remove. Book your slot by visiting the Laundryheap website or by downloading the Laundryheap app.  


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How to get rid of ironing stains

Marco Verch Professional Photographer and Speaker

Ironing stains are easily done and yet increasingly difficult to get rid of. Some ironing stains are unsalvagable and can only be aesthetically lighter rather than removed. These six methods will either help to lighten, or completely remove, ironing stains. 

  • Method 1- Bleach the stain 
  • Method 2- Soak in hydrogen peroxide
  • Method 3- Squeeze lemon juice over the stain 
  • Method 4- Soak in ice water 
  • Method 5- Rub with white vinegar 
  • Method 6- Use an emery pad

Method 1- Bleach the stain 

Before starting this method make sure that you check the stained items care label. Some clothing will come with a warning to not use bleach, in which case this method should not be used. 

Once you have checked the care label, soak your item in diluted bleach. After 15 minutes, remove the item and wash it as you usually would. To get the most effective result, dry in direct sunlight. The sun’s natural lightening abilities will help lighten the stain so at the very least the mark will be less visible.

Method 2- Soak in hydrogen peroxide 

Begin by laying the garment on a flat surface. Soak an old cloth or piece of fabric in hydrogen peroxide and place it on the iron stain. Next, put a clean, dry, cloth or piece of fabric on top of the hydrogen peroxide soaked material whilst you let your iron heat to a high temperature. Once your iron is hot, gently rub it over the top piece of fabric. The heat will gently permeate through to the hydrogen peroxide and help work it into the stain. As you iron make sure that you check the progress of the stain. If you notice that your bottom cloth is getting dry, apply more hydrogen peroxide to it. Likewise, if your top cloth is becoming damp with hydrogen peroxide switch it for a new, dry, cloth as this will prevent rust stains transferring from the iron. This process can take a while, so patience is key.

Method 3- squeeze lemon juice over the stain 

Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the stain until it’s completely soaked. Place your item of clothing in a container of hot water and let it sit for 15-30 minutes depending on how severe the stain is. Remove the clothing item and dry as normal. 

Method 4- Soak in ice water 

If your stain is mild soaking it in ice water for an hour could remove it. For this method, you need to ensure that your water is ice cold. To guarantee this either add ice cubes to cold water or leave your item in some water in the freezer. If you do leave your clothes in the freezer, make sure you only leave them in there for a maximum of 1 hour. Completely freezing your clothes won’t cause any additional damage, but can slow down the stain removing process. 

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Method 5- Rub with white vinegar

If you decide on this method it’s important that you use white vinegar only- using any other type of vinegar could stain your clothing further. Soak a rag or sponge in white vinegar and rub it over the stain. Once the stain is completely soaked, leave the item to sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Leave your clothing to dry as normal. 

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Method 6- Use an emery pad  

A heavy scorch mark can not be removed, however the damage can be made less visible. Using an emery pad, or any rough material, gently rub the burn mark, removing any dark singed material. Be gentle with your rubbing movements, being too aggressive can cause further holes and damage to the material. 

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If your clothing has been stained beyond repair and you are considering throwing out the item, try and reuse it for an alternative purpose. Consider making a tote bag or pillow case- anything to limit the clothing pollution that comes with throwing away clothing. 

The best way to treat any stain is by getting it treated at a dry cleaners. Book your slot on the Laundryheap website or by downloading the Laundryheap app. 


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Dry Cleaning: Benefits Of Professional Care

A lot of people still see professional dry cleaning as a luxury, but we at Laundryheap understand that it is, in fact, a necessity. Dry cleaning has countless benefits that you can’t get from doing your laundry at home.

Not every piece of clothing needs to be dry cleaned. However, taking care of the items that do will prolong their life and maintain their beauty. Make sure you pay attention to care labels on your clothes to know which pieces are best dry cleaned. Alternatively, you can talk to the specialists if you are having trouble with the details.

  • Professionals pay close attention to detail 
  • Dry cleaning is less abrasive 
  • Perfect for removing stains and odours
  • Prolongs your clothes’ lifespan 
  • Saves you time and stress
  • Dry cleaners can handle large items 
  • Laundryheap is always here to help

Professionals pay close attention to detail

Doing the laundry at home means you have to cover all the steps, including washing, ironing, folding and storing items. As a result of all these different tasks, people can often overlook important aspects of cleaning clothes, which will have a massive impact on your clothes life span. 

When taking your clothes to professional dry cleaners, they can handle all these tasks for you with extra care. Professionals like us here at Laundryheap understand the different needs of different types of clothing. All you need to worry about is collecting it at your door and hanging the clothes in your wardrobe. 

Dry cleaning is less abrasive

Modern dry cleaning innovations are using greener products that are less abrasive on your clothing than traditional laundry techniques we use at home. The professionals know which clothes require a wet cleaning process and which do not. 

Likewise, professional dry cleaners know how to deal with delicate items that require special care. Dry cleaners are up to date with the best practices and will clean your clothes in the smartest possible way.  

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Perfect for removing stains and odours 

There are lots of excellent home remedies for removing stains, but most come with a risk of ruining the clothes further. It is always a safer idea to get the professionals to deal with your tricky stains and lingering odours. 

So, if you ever find yourself about to throw your clothes away because you can’t get rid of this latest stain, why not take it to the dry cleaners? You’d be surprised at some of the hidden magic the professionals have up their sleeves. 

Prolongs your clothes’ lifespan

Everyone wants their clothes to look fresh for longer. One of the best ways people can achieve this is by having your garments professionally cleaned. 

By getting the dry cleaners to take care of your items, they are less exposed to fibre-wearing agitation that comes from the washing machine. As a result, they will last longer and retain their original colour. Also, a big bonus is you will end up saving money because you won’t need to purchase new clothes as frequently. 

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Dry cleaners have the capacity for larger loads at once

It could seem evident to some, but not all, that dry cleaners have more capacity than your average washroom. If you are looking to get items like curtains, rugs, sofa covers or bedding cleaned well, then look no further than the dry cleaners. 

What can seem like a torturing chore for you to handle at home is a walk in the park for the professionals. Using a professional service for big items will save valuable time and reduce stress. 

Saves you time and stress

Dry cleaners don’t just take a load of laundry, but they also take a load of stress off your back. By handing over that task to the professionals, you can now enjoy your free time by doing the things you want to do. 

Time is valuable and often overshadowed by work or chores that can take up your entire day. So, by using a dry cleaners, you are regaining that precious time to spend with friends, family or yourself. 

Laundryheap is always here to help

Often people’s biggest issue when it comes to seeking professional help comes from having to leave the house. That’s why Laundryheap comes to you. We come to your home or place of work, pick up your dirty clothes and return them within 24 hours fresh, ironed and ready. Did we mention that we also do all this with no collection or delivery charge? 

So, next time you want to enjoy your free time and give your clothes a professional clean, look no further than Laundryheap