Clay stains on your clothes can be difficult to remove, but don't let them ruin your look. In this guide, we'll show you a simple and effective way to remove clay stains from washable fabrics. With our expert tips, you'll be able to restore your clothes to their original condition in no time. Keep reading to learn the secrets of removing clay stains from any washable fabric. Say goodbye to unsightly clay stains and hello to fresh, clean clothes.
Various (depending on type)
A light brown or grayish stain with a dry and flaky appearance.
Cold (65° to 75°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Cold water helps to prevent the clay from causing further damage to the fabric.
The Science Behind Clay Stains
Clay stains clothes because it contains iron oxide, which is a type of pigment that can adhere to fabric fibers. When the clay comes into contact with the fabric, the iron oxide particles can stick to the fibers and cause discoloration. The stain may be harder to remove if the clay has been allowed to dry on the fabric or if it has been subjected to heat or pressure, which can cause the iron oxide particles to become even more deeply embedded in the fibers.
Scrape off any excess clay from the fabric before treating the stain.
Mix a solution of equal parts water and dish soap or laundry detergent. Use warm water.
Apply the solution to the stain and gently rub the fabric together or use a clean cloth or brush to scrub the stain.
Rinse the fabric with warm water to remove the solution.
If the stain persists, mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar or lemon juice and water. Apply the solution to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Rinse the fabric with warm water to remove the vinegar or lemon juice solution.
If the stain is still visible, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes.
Rinse the fabric with warm water to remove the baking soda paste.
If the stain still persists, treat it with a rust remover or oxalic acid according to the product's instructions.
Finally, launder the fabric in the washing machine on the hottest setting recommended on the care label, using laundry detergent and a laundry stain remover or pre-treatment product.
Please note, be cautious when using oxalic acid or rust remover, as they may damage some fabrics or dyes. Always read the product label and test it on an inconspicuous area of the garment before using it. Also, be sure to launder the garment separately from other clothes, as the stain remover may transfer to other fabrics.
Clay stains clothes due to the iron oxide particles present in the clay which stick to fabric fibers. To remove the stain, scrape off any excess clay and use a solution of equal parts water and dish soap or laundry detergent. If the stain persists, use white vinegar or lemon juice, baking soda and oxalic acid or rust remover. Launder the garment separately from other clothes. Make sure to read product label and test it on inconspicuous area before using it.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.