List of Stain Removal Procedures
Carbon stains are most frequently the result of smoke damage or soot from a house fire, fireplace, wood-burning stove or even candles. These stains are black in color, and although they appear as if they will just rub off, they can be tough to remove. Carbon leaves marks on clothes, walls and even on the bottom of cookware. The stains consist of small dirt particles and produce an oily residue as a result of stalled combustion.
Note: Care should be taken with colored garments and fine washables.
Black Mold can easily grow on clothes and fabric if you have too much moisture in your home or if garments are kept in a bag and left wet from use like from a restaurant or bar and picked up a few days later to be washed. Clothes and linen made of cotton or other organic materials make great food sources for mold and mildew to live on.
General Products used to get rid of Mold:
A) Bleach – Stain Off and Manta
B) Borax – Sodium Borate
C) Vinegar – Acetic Acid
A. Procedure for Using Bleach to remove mold
White Garments only
To a 5 gallon bucket add 3 gallons of hot water. (Hot water kills mold more effectively than cold water and better removes mold spores and allergens too.) Depending on the amount of mold, add anywhere from 32 to 64 ounces of Stain Off. Mix well. Spray fabric with a solution of any liquid laundry detergent. Place contaminated garments in bucket and let soak for 30 to 60 minutes or longer if necessary. After soaking, wash them in washing machine with laundry detergent as normal.
On colors, use color safe bleach like Manta (liquid types) or Shark (powdered type) only. Use same procedure as above.
B. Procedure for using Borax to remove Mold from Clothes
To a 5 gallon bucket add 3 gallons of hot water. Add ½ to 1 cup of Borax (can be purchased from Aura Detergent in small packaging). Mix well until dissolved. Spray fabric with a dilute solution of laundry detergent. Place fabric in solution and let soak for 1-2 hours. After soaking wash as normal. Borax is a natural mold killer which does not emit toxic fumes.
C. Procedure for removal of mold from fabric using Vinegar
Vinegar kills 82% of mold species and can usually kill the mold growing on clothes. It will also remove the moldy smell from the clothes.
To a 5 gallon bucket and 3 gallons of hot water. Add 1 to 2 cups of Vinegar (use either store bought vinegar or a more concentrated version can be purchases from Aura Detergent). Mix well. Spray fabric with a dilute solution of laundry detergent. Let soak for 1-2 hours
A rust stain can be caused by a high iron content in your water supply which can come from rusty pipes or rusty equipment. This type of stain can be recognized by its light yellow color and the fact that regular stain removers will have no effect on removing this type of stain. If this stain occurs after washing it is easy to remove before putting in dryer.
This type of stain can be easily removed by soaking the clothes or linen in either Rust Remover (powdered type) or Sour RR (liquid type). To a 5 gallon bucket add 3-4 gallons of hot water. 1 cup of powdered Rust Remover or 2 cups of Sour RR. Mix well. Soak fabric for 10-15 minutes and stain should be removed. Wash normally with laundry detergent.
Stains requiring water based chemical action can be broken down into two classes – Protein Stains and Tannin Stains.
Class 1 Protein Stains – Include stains caused by blood, eggs, body discharge, milk products, animal glues and starch.
Protein stains are alkaline and therefore removed by alkaline products or enzymes.
Suggested Aura Products to use are: Dyno, Blast Off, Stain and Spot, Collar and Cuff or contact a sales person for more information.
Class 2 Tannin Stains include stains caused by beer, coffee, fruit, soft drinks, tea, ketchup and mustard.
Tannin stains are acid and therefore removed easily with acid based products. Suggested Aura Products to use are: Rust Removal, Sour RR or contact a sales person for more information.
Stains requiring solvent action are oily type stains. These include stains from fat, oil, wax, grease, paint and cosmetics.
These stains appear:
Suggested Aura Products to use are: Grease out, Citrus Stain, Countdown or contact a sales person for more information.