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Stain Removal

At times, life can get a bit messy. Here are some basic stain removal tips to help keep your S. Hawkins collections clean and fresher for longer. 

COFEE/TEA

  • Dab a sponge with cold water, if stain older, soaking it in cold water may help
  • Spot treat diluted white vinegar and/or dishwashing liquid
  • Be sure to rinse well after with water 
  • Avoid placing the garment in the dryer before the stain is completely gone 

JUICE

  • Scrape off any pulp and run cold water through stain 
  • If stain still persist, soak in white vinegar mixed with dishwashing liquid
  • Spot treating with lemon juice may also help to lift the stain 
  • Avoid using soap flakes or laundry soap directly as it can make it harder to get rid of 
  • Avoid placing the garment in the dryer before the stain is completely gone 

WINE

  • Place a cloth under the stained fabric to prevent spreading onto anything else 
  • Press a napkin or paper towel against the stain to soak excess wine (do not rub) 
  • Dab stain with a clean cloth dipped in white vinegar 
  • Blot again with damp kitchen towels 
  • Pre-treat with a commercial stain remover or a paste of baking soda and water 
  • Run garment on a cold cycle, hotter temperatures may set the stain 
  • Avoid placing the garment in the dryer before the stain is completely gone 

BERRIES

  • Remove the excess berry pulp
  • Pre-treat with lemon juice or diluted vinegar for 5 mins 
  • Flush with warm to boiling water from inside out 
  • If stain persist, soak with water and detergent 

OIL & BUTTER

  • Do not rinse stain with water; this may cause spreading 
  • Sprinkle both sides with flour or cornstarch and let sit for 10 - 20mins
  • Shake off excess powder and gently rub mild dish soap 
  • If stain still persist, dab with a solution of diluted shampoo and ammonia 
  • Rinse under warm or hot water 

BEETROOT

  • Blot with a cold damp kitchen towel and rinse under cold water until water runs clear 
  • Run warm water through stain while dabbing laundry detergent 
  • If stain persist, dab with liquid detergent before soaking in warm water and detergent 
  • Wash on low temperature to avoid setting the stain 

AVOCADO

  • Remove avocado remnants with a dull knife or spoon 
  • Gently rub liquid detergent onto the stain and let sit for 5mins 
  • Soak the stain in cold water for 10 - 15 mins; rubbing the stain gently every 5mins 
  • If stain persist, apply commercial stain remover and let sit for 5mins before
  • Rinse till stain is not visible before running a hot cycle
  • To avoid shrinkage, always follow garment guidelines 

ICE CREAM/MILK/YOGHURT

  • Scrape excess with a spoon or dull knife 
  • Run fabric under cold running water 
  • Pre-treat or soak with an enzyme laundry product for 30mins 
  • Rinse before running a cold cycle 
  • Avoid warm, hot cycles and dryers before the stain is completely gone 

BLOOD

  • Rinse stain under cold running water
  • Gently rub stain in a solution of shampoo or liquid detergent and cold water
  • If stain persist, spot treat with white vinegar or repeat the above steps 
  • Pre-treat with a commercial stain remover if necessary 
  • Launder using a cold cycle 
  • Avoid warm, hot cycles and dryers before the stain is completely gone 

 

All stain removal methods should be applied prior to any washing cycle. It is recommended to treat the stain as soon as possible when it is at its freshest.

Indigo Stain Removal

Indigo may adhere to clothes and other materials easily. Most indigo stains can be easily removed with soap and water. If not, here are a few easy steps that can help remove this.

If dye transfer is heavy or have dried, soak garment in oxygen-based bleach and cold water before washing on the recommended care cycle - do not use oxygen bleach on silk or wool 


For coloured fabrics, rewash using non-chlorine bleach and liquid detergent 


For white and cotton, rewash using an oxygen-based bleach or liquid chlorine bleach.

It is common for Indigo to stain your skin for the first time. Do not panic, a simple bath or shower will simply wash it off.