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Hot Or Cold Water? Useful Tips To Efficiently Remove Persistent Stains That Won't Go Away

Date May 8, 2019

As simple as it sounds, stubborn stains are part of our daily routine. While multiple ways to tackle these stains have been invented, not all recommendations are equally efficient.

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Sometimes, the removal techniques we employ in a desperate bid to save our favorite clothes can do more harm than good.

Make sure you’re aware of these common stain removal mistakes. They include:

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  1. Frantically rubbing and mixing stain remover products;
  2. Using chlorine bleach for delicate fabrics like wool, silk or satin;
  3. Not knowing for sure whether to use hot or cold water for stains.

The last point is especially important when tackling stains. So, which option is better and when?

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Typically, hot water works better on coffee and chocolate stains, wine and oil smears. It’s also advisable to use hot water to treat sweat, vomit or grass stains.  If you don’t know what water temperature should be used, always start with room temperature and move to hotter, if need be.

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Although hot water is the best option for most fabrics, cold water is the preferable choice when you have to deal with protein stains, such as blood and dairy stains. In the same vein, most beverage and water-based smears should be soaked in cold water.

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In fact, it’s essential to remember that most soils will not transmogrify into stains if you give them a prompt treatment. Likewise, always read and follow the instructions provided on the clothing labels. If you aren’t sure about the origin of the stain, it never hurts to start with cold water. Ever more people these days consider cold-water washing to be more effective, switching to it in their everyday laundry.

Overall, however, the question of using hot or cold water for stains removal is controversial. It’s up to you to decide which works better, though. Everything depends on the kind of stain and fabric.

What has been your experience with stains so far? Do you have any secrets to share with us? Let us know in the comments!

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