Soot stains can pop up on clothing any time of the year in the right home, but they are most prominently experienced in the winter when many homes utilize a wood burning fire place. Wood releases a bit of soot and ash into the collection pan which has to be emptied on a regular basis. Minus seepage through the actual process of heating the room, soot can also be transferred to clothing during the emptying of this collection pan. Removing a soot stain can require a bit of work depending on the consistency of the soot – the more powdery the soot, the easier the removal.
Removing Soot Stains from Clothing – Beat the Clothes
If the soot transferred from your clothing had a more powdery consistency from less exposure to moisture post creation then it is possible to take your clothing outside and beat a large portion of the actual soot stain from the clothing with a small rod. The best thing to do is pin your shirt or pants up on an outside line or post and then pull the fabric taut while hitting the stain from behind with a rod.
Removing Soot Stains from Clothing – the Stain Removal Product
Instead of handily spraying a stain removal product or rubbing in a gel, it is best to dab at soot stains to avoid “liquefying” the stain and causing it to spread in a slightly diluted form. A solid stick stain remover product can work well for this process. After dabbing at the stain and removing all portions that will easily come off, wipe off the top of the stain remover stick and then vigorously use the tip of the stick to vigorously scrub at the soot remnants while making an effort not to spread the stain.
Removing Soot Stains from Clothing – the Liquid Detergent Process
Next, take up a measured portion of liquid detergent (start with a heaping tablespoon) and apply it to the soot stain and scrub it in. If your soot stain does not run wildly with the addition of a small portion of liquid, it can be beneficial to spray the shirt with an attachment hose from a sink to remove the excess soot particles. Hold as much of the shirt as possible in your hand with the soot stain pointing downward to reduce any spread that may occur. Squeeze the remaining water from the shirt and then reapply liquid detergent.
Removing Soot Stains from Clothing – the Wash
Add the soot stained clothing to a washing machine with a splash of detergent. Ensure that no other garments or in the washer to absorb any loose soot generated. When the wash cycle is done, double check to make sure the stain is removed before drying.
These tips can help keep your winter work clothes as clean as your Sunday best clothes when utilized properly!
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