Getting creative with ceramic clay is a wonderful pastime, but getting it off your clothes, not so much. These simple tips from Tide on how to remove clay stains means you can get creative on the potters’ wheel without worrying about the cleanup on your clothes.
Remove Excess:Scrape off any excess from the garment before rinsing under cold, running water. The higher the water pressure, the easier it will be to remove.
Pre-treat:Using a bucket, a sink or a bowl, create a soaking solution by adding 1 ounce or 1 ½ tablespoons Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid per gallon of cold water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 30 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged.
Dose:Use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of detergent, and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.
Load:Without rinsing off the detergent, place the garment into the washer with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will give your wash that extra boost of cleaning power.
Wash:Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.
Unload:When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.
If the stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before tossing in the dryer, as drying will set the stain.
Effective Stain Removal on a Variety of Stains
A clay stain is hard to remove, but it's not the only tough stain out there. Modeling clay and paint can also pose stain-removal problems. The good news is that Tide can tackle the toughest laundry challenges. With a few of our tips and tricks, you can get even the most stubborn stains out of your favorites.