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Stain Mistakes You're Probably Making, According To Our Founders

Stains. They’re a serious nuisance but they happen to everyone. The right products will treat them easily, but we often see our customers commit “stain crimes” that make spots worse and the removal process more tricky. Here are the most common ones we see, and what to do instead.

You Treat Your Stain With Whatever’s Around

If you stain an item while you’re out, avoid the temptation of using paper napkins and club soda to blot it. It’s better to wait to treat the stain at home where you have the right products, tools, and time to treat it. (We recommend coupling your stain treatment with our Stain Brush). That frantic attempt can end up making a bigger mess, leaving you with traces of paper lint on the item… and an even larger stain.

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You Use The Wrong Kind Of Stain Remover

Stain Solution is a powerful enzymatic pretreat for old and new stains. It's also suitable for all washable fabrics, including colors and whites​.

Stain Solution

You Don’t Pretreat Stains Before Washing Them

It is much easier to remove any staining if you pretreat before throwing the item in the wash. Use Stain Solution and work into the stain with your fingers or a Stain Brush. For extra tough stains, soak for up to 30 minutes in warm water, then wash.

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You Think It’s Impossible To Remove Old Stains

The right products will remove even old, set-in stains. After pretreating with Stain Solution, hold the stained spot under water pressure (like a faucet) to help drive the treatment into the fabric and rinse away excess. Follow by soaking the item in a sink or basin for up to 30 minutes and repeat as necessary before laundering with Signature Detergent.

You're Not Using A Stain Fighting Detergent

Designed as a perfect complement to our pretreatment, Signature Detergent is an all-purpose detergent formula that tackles stains in the wash as it deep cleans.