- Treat stains ASAP. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get rid of. Avoid tumble-drying or ironing before cleaning as the heat sets the stains.
- Choose the right water temperature. Choosing the wrong one can actually set stains. Use WARM water for oily/fatty stains; COLD water for all other stains (ex. coffee, blood, chocolate, ketchup, red wine).
- Use gentle detergents. NO bleach or harsh stain removers, which only strip and damage the fabric. If unsure, spot test in a small spot or the storage bag. Dab or gently rub; don't scrub.
- DIY stain remover: Soak stained areas in 1 part vinegar + 4 parts water for a few minutes and launder as usual.
- If treating with detergent/vinegar solution is not enough, repeat a few times. For severe stains, it’s good to err on the side of caution and take it to a cleaner.
- Oils (natural body oils, lotions, food). Spot clean with mild dishwashing liquid, a natural de-greaser. Wet stain with lukewarm/warm water, gently rub with dish soap and launder as usual.
- Blood. Fresh/wet blood: rinse immediately with a blast of cold water so it doesn't set. Gently rub with soap and rinse with cold water. Dried blood: apply thick paste of salt + cold water onto stain and let soak 10-20 minutes. Gently rub and rinse with cold water.