Act Quickly to Remove Burn Stains from Clothing
If it has happened to you that an item of clothing has been stained with the iron, do not continue with the task and put the burn aside. It is important to act quickly so that the stain comes out as best as possible, or irreparable damage could remain.
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It does not matter if you are going to use the conventional washing method or a home remedy (both detailed in this article), it is important that you move it away from the heat source that has caused the stain as soon as possible and that you treat it the faster the better.
Treat Burn Stains on Clothing
You can wash clothes as you do conventionally, without using other types of home remedies or substances. In this case, before putting it in the washing machine, you have to treat the burned clothes in the following way:
- First, you should rinse it with warm water so that it absorbs the detergent better.
- Rub it in afterward with your normal detergent. Doing this will enhance the action of the detergent so that it can be washed better later.
- In this case, liquid detergent is preferable, which works better than a powder one. You can use powder if that’s what you use, but then mix it with water to form a paste.
- Optionally you can also soak it in bleach once you have rubbed it. Of course, as long as the fabric supports it, since not all fabrics are suitable for using bleach. Wool, silk, and colorfast fabrics do not usually go into bleach. If you are not sure if it is a material that you can put in bleach, read the labels or avoid doing it.
- Mix the bleach with water and never add too much.
- Let it soak for 15 minutes if you do.
Washing clothes with burn stains
Then follow these guidelines to wash your clothes to remove burn stains :
- After this treatment and preparation process, it is time to wash it.
- Put it in the washing machine on the normal cycle, that is, what they recommend on the label.
- You do not need to put a washing machine just for this garment, you can take advantage of some dirty clothes. Of course, be careful that all the garments can be washed with that configuration.
- When you finish washing and spinning finally, hang it outdoors. It is better to dry in sunlight than in a dryer, as the sun’s rays lighten stains.
- However, you must take into account not to leave it in the sun for more than a day or the fabric could weaken.
- If you notice that it is still stained, it is likely to be less visible, so you can repeat the washing process several times.
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If it continues as before, you can try some of the home remedies to remove burn stains from the clothes that we show you below.
Oxygen Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide has become the most widely used remedy for its effectiveness, as it has bleaching properties and is a very simple trick to perform.
You just have to take an old cloth or a cloth that you are not going to use and wet it with hydrogen peroxide. Lay the damaged garment on a flat surface. Place the cloth wet with hydrogen peroxide on top of another cloth that is dry. Now iron it over the dry cloth with medium heat. See how the stain goes, it may take a few minutes. The oxygen peroxide with the heat will make the stain disappear. If you see that the wet cloth dries, soak it in hydrogen peroxide again and continue ironing. In the same way, you can replace the dry cloth with another if you see that it gets wet with the oxygen peroxide. It is an effective method, especially in cotton or linen garments.
The lemon juice freshly squeezed is also very effective. You have to squeeze the juice of a lemon on the stain and then submerge the garment in a bowl of hot water. Let it rest in the water for 15 to 30 minutes. Then drain the maximum amount of water from the garment and hang it, leaving it to dry in the sun.
It is advisable not to use this remedy with garments that are not suitable for bleach since, although the effects of lemon are minor, in reality, they are very similar and could cause damage to that type of garment.
Another remedy for removing burn stains from clothing is to dip a sponge in white vinegar and rub the stain. Then, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. Finally, let it dry in the open air and that’s it. In this case, it is important that the vinegar is white and not of another type.
You can also replace the oxygen peroxide in the first trick with white vinegar and do the same.
It is said that ice water can help to better clean a burn stain. To do this, as soon as you notice that the garment has burned, put it in a basin with very cold or icy water for an hour. It has to be kept that way, so you can put ice in it or put it in the freezer instead. Then proceed to wash it in the washing machine as normal.
When the stains are very strong or if they are harder garments, such as wool, a trick is to use a nail file to scrape the stain. Some kind of scraper will work as well, as long as it’s smooth, like sandpaper. Be careful when rubbing it and don’t rub it too roughly or you could damage it. Then wash it like you normally do.
Adapted and translated by The Copy Cart Staff