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The Ultimate Guide to Removing Stains from School Uniform

Tuesday 22nd January 2019

Tired of stains ruining your kids’ school uniforms? Stubborn stains are common headaches for parents trying to keep kids' uniform clean - but with our help you can banish those marks with little fuss.

Removing Stains Price Buckland Blue

How to Remove grass stains from school uniform

What you need: White vinegar, baking soda, toothbrush

  1. Place the stained clothing in a bowl
  2. Cover with white vinegar, rub the stains and leave to soak for about 30 minutes
  3. Remove from the bowl and wring, then place on a worktop
  4. Create a paste by mixing the baking soda and more white vinegar in a small bowl - keep adding the vinegar until you get a thick consistency but be careful as it fizzes
  5. Use immediately as the paste will harden
  6. Take the toothbrush and rub the mixture on to any tough stains
  7. Wash as normal

How to remove ink biro pen from school shirts

What you need: Hairspray, damp cloth

  1. Lie the stained top out on a work surface
  2. Spray liberally with hairspray - you'll probably want to make sure you've got some windows open
  3. Take a damp cloth and carefully blot the stain
  4. Make sure you don't rub as that will make things worse
  5. Repeat as many times as needed until the stain is lighter
  6. Spray with hairspray one more time, then wash as normal

How to remove chewing gum from school trousers

What you need: freezer bag, blunt knife

  1. Take the clothing item and place in a freezer bag, making sure that the chewing gum doesn’t stick to the bag. This method can be applied to all fabrics.
  2. Place the garment in your freezer.
  3. Leave the bag in the freezer for a minimum of two hours. Take your garment from the freezer bag and place it on a sturdy surface.
  4. Peel the chewing gum off the clothing as soon as possible to prevent the chewing gum from warming up and reattaching to the fabric.
  5. If you are unable to remove the chewing gum with your fingernails, apply a blunt knife or another blunt object as this will remove chewing gum from your clothes without damaging the fabric – as always, be careful when using potentially dangerous items and angle knives away from you.
  6. The chewing gum should peel off smoothly and without any force. If traces remain, hand wash the item or place in the washing machine for a final rinse.

How to clean paint stains from school uniform

Water-based Paint

  1. While the paint is still wet, rinse the item with warm water and work the paint out by rubbing it. The stain will be permanent if you let the paint dry, so act quickly!
  2. Rinse thoroughly and pop into the washing machine for a Quick Wash.

Oil-based Paint (trickier and best kept far, far away from kids!)

  1. Remove as much of the paint as possible by placing the stain face down on some paper towels and pouring the prescribed paint thinners through the fabric.
  2. Pour some stain remover on to the area and pop into the washing machine for a Quick Wash.

How to remove mud stains from school trousers

What you need: Washing Powder

  1. Let the mud dry, and flake or scrape off as much as you can.
  2. Create a paste and pre-treat the stain with Washing Powder and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. For heavier stains, let it sit for at least an hour and use a brush to work the Washing Powder into the fibres on both sides of the stain.
  4. Wash the item in warm water and check it before drying. Heat will set any mud that remains so repeat steps 1-3 if necessary.

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