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Hot Water

The hotter the water temperature, the cleaner the clothing will be. Use hot water to remove dust mites, germs and heavy soil. However, hot water tends to make some of the clothes shrink, wrinkle and fade.

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Warm Water

Warm water is usually the best choice for permanent press and jeans. It allows good cleaning action without as much fading, wrinkling, and shrinking.

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Cold Water

Cold water is usually used for delicate items. It’s also has the best options for clothing that have bright colors that may run or fade in higher temperatures.

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  • Check tags for special instructions.
  • Check your pockets before wash.
  • Pretreat stains for best results.
  • Sort your clothes before wash.
  • Do not overload clothes into smaller machines, items in the washer need room move around to get clean.
  • Do not over soap, especially with blankets/comforters. Use half the amount of soap you would normally use.

How to Treat Stains

Beverage
Sponge with cold water or soak, then Pretreat remaining stain and launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Blood
Soak in cold water, the Pretreat remaining stain. Launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric. If stain persists, soak in warm water with Presoak product.

Ink or felt tip
Rub a household cleaner (Mr. Clean etc…) onto the stain, rinse & repeat as many times necessary to remove. Launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Salad Dressing
Pretreat stain. Launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric, do not dryer dry. If stain remains sponge safe cleaning fluid and wash.

Candle Wax
Rub with ice and scrape off any excess with dull knife. Then place stained area between paper towels and press with warm iron, replace paper towels frequently to absorb wax. Launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric

Mildew
Pretreat stain and launder with chlorine bleach and hottest water safe for fabric. Do not dryer dry. If stain remains, sponge with peroxide, rinse and wash again.

Catsup
Remove excess with dull knife and soak in cold water. Pretreat remaining stain and launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Chocolate or Cocoa
Soak in cold water and Pretreat remaining stain; Launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Crayon
Place stained surface onto layers of paper towels, spray with WD-40 and let stand for a few minutes. Turn fabric and spray other side and let stand. Apply liquid hand dishwashing detergent; work into stain until removed.

Cosmetics
Pretreat stain and launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric. If stain persists, soak in warm water with Pretreat product. Rinse and relaunder.

Deodorant
Pretreat stain and launder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric. Treat freshly discolored stains with ammonia, old stains with vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and relaunder.

Dye
If wet, spray with Spray n Wash and relaunder in warm water. Check before drying in dryer. If stain persists, may have to repeat. If stain is dry, launder with chlorine bleach if safe for fabric otherwise use non-chlorine bleach. May try a commercial color remover. Stain may be impossible to remove

Egg, Meat, Gravy
Remove excess with dull knife and soak in cold water. Pretreat remaining stain and launder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.

Fabric Softner
Rub dampened stain with hand soap, (Irish spring or Ivory) and relaunder in usual manner.

Baby Formula
Soak in warm water and relaunder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.

Fruit & Fruit Juice
Soak in cold water; relaunder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.

Grass
Pretreat stain and launder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric. If stain persists, sponge with alcohol, rinse thoroughly and relaunder.

Grease – Oil
Pretreat stain with liquid detergent and rub into stain. Launder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric. If stain persists, sponge stain with alcohol and relaunder.

Gum
Rub with ice and carefully remove excess with dull knife. Pretreat stain and launder in hottest water safe for fabric.

Milk & Cream
Soak in warm water. Launder it with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Mud
When dry, brush off as much as possible. Rinse in cold water. Pretreat stain; launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Mustard
Pretreat stain, launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Nail Polish
Place stain face down onto paper towels and sponge with nail polish remover, until stain disappears. (DO NOT USE ON ACETATE & AMEL FABRICS) Rinse thoroughly and launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Paint
DRIED PAINT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO REMOVE, while paint is still wet, rinse in cool water well. Launder in hottest water safe for fabric.

Perfume
Sponge with cold water or soak, then Pretreat remaining stain and launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Rust
Launder with rust remover, follow instructions.

Wax – Polish
Launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric. Do not dryer dry. If stain persists, sponge with 1 pt alcohol and 2 pts water, rinse and relaunder.

Smoke – Soot
Shake to remove loose particles, sort laundry to avoid soil transfer, use 1 cup conditioner (Calgon etc…,) ½ cup non-chlorine bleach and detergent as directed, launder in either hot or warm water, and relaunder until removed. (Cotton may require 4-5 cycles. Do not Dryer Dry until finished.)

Tar
Act very quickly before stain is dry! Scrape excess from fabric with dull knife. Place stain face down onto paper towel. Sponge back of stain with tar remover. Rinse thoroughly and launder in hottest water safe for fabric.

Urine, Stool, Vomit
Scrape off excess and soak in warm water. Pretreat stain and launder with appropriate bleach and hottest water safe for fabric.

Bacon Grease – Grease – Vegetable Oil
Treat with Goo-gone or liquid detergent. Rub into stained area and rinse out. Launder with hottest water safe for fabric.

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