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Here are some of the most common stains and how to treat them.

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

Blood Stains
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.

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.

Catsup/Tomato Products
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/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, Antiperspirant, Perspiration
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.

Egg, Meat, Juice, 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 Softener
Rub dampened stain with hand soap, (Irish spring or Ivory) and relaunder in usual manner.

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

Fruit/Fruit juices
Soak in cold water; relaunder with appropriate bleach in hottest water safe for fabric.

Grass Stains
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.

Ink / Felt Tip Markers
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.

Mayonnaise, 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 relaunder.

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 relaunder.

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

Mud Stains
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 Stains
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 (Water Based)
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
Same as Beverages.

Shoe Polish (Wax)
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 Stains
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.

Unknown Stains
Avoid using hot water right away. Pretreat stain and soak in cold water with detergent. Launder in cold Cold water with detergent. Do not Dryer Dry. Check again, If stain still persists, then launder in hot water until removed with appropriate bleach and detergent

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

Vegetable Oil, Bacon Grease
Treat with liquid detergent. Rub into stained area and rinse out. Launder with hottest water safe for fabric.

Disclaimer: Wash-O-Matic does not guarantee results. Use at your own risk.