Here are some stain removal tips from the Tide® fabric care experts:
- The best defense in removing stains is to treat immediately. Make sure you blot up liquid spills or scrape off solid buildup with the edge of a dull knife. Work from the outer edge to center of the stain — and don't rub.
- Always check the care label first and pretest stain removal product, and make sure to rinse and inspect the washed (or treated) garment before drying.
- When it comes to protein-based stains (like blood, dirt or baby food), it is best not to use hot water to soak or wash items, as the heat may set the stains.
- With oil-based stain, it is the opposite: pretreat with detergent (make sure to work the detergent into the stain and let it set for 10 – 15 minutes), then wash the garment in the hottest water safe setting.