Super Bowl Super Stain Guide


January 25, 2017

Super Bowl Super Stain Guide

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While most of us didn’t get the chance to attend the Super Bowl this year, we probably all have a jersey hanging in the back of our closet. Whether you’re an avid sports fan, on the weekend kickball league, or you just go for the beer and wings, we’ve got the solution to every sports-related stain you can throw at us.

For the Players:

 Grass

Similarly to most stains, treat the stain as soon as you get off the field. Gently rub off any excess dirt and grass then soak in cold water to loosen the stain’s grip on the fibers.

While the jersey soaks, mix together a treatment made of 1 cup water, 1 cup ammonia, 1 cup laundry detergent, and one cup vinegar. Wring out the jersey, apply this stain treatment generously, and scrub the stain with a brush. Finish by washing the jersey on a cold water setting.

Sweat

Ah, the smell of victory. It doesn’t smell or look so good once it forms a yellow ring in your favorite jersey, though. Treat sweat stains with this incredible formula found on Pinterest (of course).

Mix one part Dawn dishwashing liquid with two parts hydrogen peroxide. If you have particularly ahem…powerful pit stains, bolster this formula with baking soda. Pour this mixture on the stains, allow to set for a few minutes, then gently scrub with a brush. Magic.

Blood

When you take one for the team, recovery can be a multi-step process. It’s the same with your favorite jersey. Begin tackling blood stains by soaking the material in cold water. If the blood has dried, break it down by coating the stain with an unseasoned meat tenderizer for a few hours (you read right).

Once the stain is fulling drenched, begin by lathering it with soap and scrubbing gently. For light colored fabrics, you can also dab the stain with hydrogen peroxide. Rinse then apply a stain remover and let sit.

Once the garment has soaked for 30 min – 1 hour, dab it with ammonia then rinse once again before washing in cold water. Whew! If you need a review, this video from Real Simple is super helpful:

For the Fans:

Beer

Don’t let a little party foul ruin your favorite jersey forever. Soak the stain in a solution made of one parts vinegar and two parts water. Allow the stain to soak for 30 minutes to an hour before scrubbing with liquid dish soap. Afterwards, simply place in the wash.

Ketchup

Ketchup stains tend to set in quickly so wait to finish those fries and get to work right away. Remove any excess ketchup while being careful not to rub the mess into the fabric further. Flush with cold water then treat with a liquid detergent before rinsing once again.

Afterwards, sponge the stain with white vinegar. Repeat this process until the stain is removed then launder in cold water.

Mustard

Similarly to ketchup, mustard stains need immediate attention otherwise the turmeric – used to dye the mustard yellow – will set in permanently. Scrape off as much of the mustard as you can, then rinse in cold water then treat the stain with non-ammonia liquid stain remover. The non-ammonia part is important! Ammonia reacts with turmeric and will cause the stain to stay for good.

Allow the stain remover to set for 30 – 1 hour then repeat as necessary. If possible, use bleach in the wash when you launder it. 

Grease

Whether it’s a delicious slice of cheese pizza or greasy bacon drippings from that quarter pounder, grease stains are a doozy to remove. Soak the stain then use regular old dish soap. The ingredients in dish soap are developed to cut through the sticky grip of grease and can be used safely on almost all clothing.

There you have it – your Super Bowl Super Stain Removal Guide! Have a question about a mysterious stain not listed here? Get in touch! Our laundry pro’s love to tackle a stubborn stain.