You don't have to be a chimney sweep in Victorian London to get soot stains on your clothes. Although you might not have a magical maid to whip your laundry into shape, Tide can clean up your clothes and help you get rid of soot stains easily. Read on to learn what type of detergent to use as an effective soot remover when ashes leave their marks, as well as how to pre-treat and how to handle soot stains on dry-clean-only garments.
Removing Soot Stains in 6 Steps
Remove Excess:Brush 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 of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid per gallon of cold water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 5 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged.
Dose:You can 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.
Things to Remember When Dealing with Soot Stains on Clothes:
- Don't forget to shake off as much of the excess soot as you can before getting started.
- If you're dealing with soot stains on a dry-clean-only garment, shake first, and then have the item professionally dry cleaned as soon as possible.
Effective Stain Removal on a Variety of Stains
There is no need to fear enjoying life outdoors. Sure, things can get messy with soot stains or other outdoor stains like rust, dirt stains, and mud stains, but the good news is, Tide can help you remove the toughest stains from your favorites, so you don’t need to worry.
So, get some fresh air to clear your head, and let Tide clean your clothes.