Summer is finally here, and that means more time outside, the occasional picnic, outdoor sports, and of course wine. This seasonal territory comes with a few messes. Here are our favourite ways to tackle the most common summer stains.
Grass Stains on White Sneakers
White shoes are a summer staple, but can get dirty in a hurry. When it comes to grass stains, we have a great trick. Try using a vinegar solution to spot clean the stained areas. To make the solution, add half cup of white vinegar, one cup of water, and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap in a bowl. Then, grab a clean toothbrush, scrub the affected area and rinse with warm water. Leave your sneakers to air dry in the sun and they’ll be ready to wear in no time.
Sunscreen Stains on Common Clothes
Sunblock is a must this summer, especially since scientists recently found a hole in our ozone layer. Yet sunscreen can wreak havoc on our favourite clothing items. To remove sunscreen stains from common garments, first, turn the clothes inside out and run the stain under cold water. Next, combine liquid dish soap with warm water and blot the stain with the solution, working from the outer edges inwards. Rinse with cold water to clean. Try using an eco-friendly brand of sunscreen this summer – one that’s healthier for the planet and your skin.
Sweat Stains on Shirts
With more heat comes more sweat, and of course that means more sweat stains (eek)! While you can’t avoid our body’s natural process, removing sweat stains from your garment isn’t difficult and can extend the life of your clothing in the longterm. To remove sweat stains, we recommend mixing one cup of detergent with two cups of warm water. Soak the shirt in the solution overnight. If the stains are still visible the next day, you can try using a more aggressive stain remover like hydrogen peroxide or seek the assistance of your dry cleaner.
Mud Stains on Common Clothes
Golfing, biking, and hiking are popular summer sports and sometimes this means your clothes will end up with a mud stain or two. To tackle mud stains, first scrape any excess mud from the soiled area. Next, apply liquid laundry detergent with a dry cloth and dab the area or soak the area for 10 to 15 minutes. Then use a clean hard bristled toothbrush and gently scrub until the stain isn’t noticeable. Afterward, machine wash as normal.
Follow these tips and tricks to tackle stains on the go! For items that need more TLC, visit your nearest Gibson’s or favourite professional cleaner.