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Super Bowl Stain Tips

By Dr. Laundry February 3, 2007

OK, we’re having our annual Super Bowl party on Sunday. The menu is planned, the RSVPs are in and most of the items are bought and ready to go.

What a day! I always look forward to seeing old friends, eating, drinking and yelling our way through 4 quarters of hopefully good pigskin. If not, there is always the other crowd favorite activity of reacting and rating each Super Bowl commercial.

With that many people there is sure to be an opportunity to provide some stain removal advice. While I may not be able to remove it all at the party, these tips will help you tackle the problem when you get home or after the guests leave.

General Stain Treatment Rules



  1. Remove as much as possible as quickly as possible. Quickly blot or wipe away the excess.

  2. If the stain has a greasy/oily component, always treat that first and don’t run water over the stain. Try rubbing some liquid dishwashing or laundry detergent into the stain from the back if possible. Wait 1-3 minutes then rinse away with warm water.

  3. Consider washing items when you get home or if they are dry clean only try to get them to the cleaners within 48 hours.

So here are some remedies for a few of the expected party favorites.

Beverages



  • Adult beverages come in a variety of potential colors. We need to remove it.


    • A cool water rinse from the back will help make the stain easier to pretreat.

    • If white or bleachable, try pretreating with Clorox® Bleach Pen gel™ before washing

    • If colored, try pretreating with Liquid Clorox2® Bleach for Colors before washing

    • Wash in warmest water recommended on fabric care label using detergent and


      • Clorox® Regular-Bleach, if white or bleachable item or

      • Clorox2® Bleach for Colors if colored item.


    • Check before drying. Retreat item if needed.


Appetizers



  • BBQ sauces, soy sauces, baked beans, salsa.


    • A cool water rinse from the back will help make the stain easier to pretreat.

    • If white or bleachable, try pretreating with Clorox® Bleach Pen gel™ before washing.

    • If colored, try pretreating with Liquid Clorox2® Bleach for Colors before washing.

    • Wash in warmest water recommended on fabric care label using detergent and


      • Clorox® Regular-Bleach, if white or bleachable item or

      • Clorox2® Bleach for Colors if colored item.


    • Check before drying. Retreat item if needed.




  • Buffalo wings, meatballs, Bagel Bits. Beware of greasy spots.


    • Pretreat with liquid detergent and wait 3-5 minutes.

    • Wash in hottest water recommended on fabric care label using detergent and


      • Clorox® Regular-Bleach, if white or bleachable item or

      • Clorox2® Bleach for Colors if colored item.


    • Check before drying. Retreat item if needed.


Main Course



  • Chili, hamburgers, steaks. Again, beware of greasy spots.


    • Pretreat with liquid detergent and wait 3-5 minutes.

    • Wash in hottest water recommended on fabric care label using detergent and


      • Clorox® Regular-Bleach, if white or bleachable item or

      • Clorox2® Bleach for Colors if colored item.


    • Check before drying. Retreat item if needed.


Good luck and have a great time on Sunday!!