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Stain Buster — Dye, Red

red dye

Dye transfer can occur when colours run in the wash or during drying, or when an item that has been overdyed rubs against another.

 

White fabric only

If bleach is safe for the fabric, mix a solution of 1/4 cup of bleach per gallon of cool water and soak for 30 minutes. Rinse, and then wash as usual.

 

White or colorfast fabric

Mix four gallons of the hottest water that's safe for the fabric with a proprietary colour run remover. Be sure the remover is fully dissolved. (This product works on colour from one item that's stained another - not when something like stripes bleeds onto itself.) Add the dye-stained item and soak, stirring occasionally, until unwanted colour is removed. Rinse thoroughly in warm water. For stubborn dyes, soak again in colour run remover. Wash as usual.

 

Upholstery

Mix one teaspoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of ammonia (warning: never mix bleach and ammonia – the resulting fumes are hazardous) with two cups of cool water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth.

If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of cool water. Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth. Sponge the stain with surgical spirit and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

Carpet

Mix one teaspoon washing up liquid and one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with the detergent/ammonia solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Keep sponging and blotting until the stain disappears or is no longer absorbed into the cloth. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of washing up liquid and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with the detergent/vinegar solution and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge the stain with surgical spirit and blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry.

 

 

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