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Tips to maintain non-washable fabrics

Non-washable fabrics, as is obvious from the term itself, mean those fabrics that can get damaged if washed. Usually they are the clothes that should be cleaned through dry-cleaning process. Here are few tips on how to maintain the same:

  • To remove fruit juice stains, wipe the cloth as much as possible. Once you do this, sponge with salt water & pat it dry. In the end dab it with methylated spirit (denatured alcohol).
  • For grass stains on non- washable cloths, mix equal parts of cream of tartar powder and cooking salt. Rub this on the stain and leave it for about 10-15 minutes before brushing it clear.
  • Ice-cream and coffee stains can be removed by using a mix of 15 ml borax and 500 ml of water.
  • Some stains cannot be avoided, like vomit stains. For such stains, scrape it off as much as possible and then flush the stained area with soda water. With an enzyme detergent mixture, sponge the entire area. Blot dry with a towel washcloth by dabbing.
  • Use glycerine to clean ball point pen mark.
  • To remove oil stains, apply oil solvent on the stain and leave it for about 5-10 minutes. Repeat, if the stain is still there. Then let it dry. If it’s a stain from olive oil, you can also sprinkle a little baking soda or corn-starch on the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Now remove the baking soda or corn-starch by hands or a soft brush. Blot the stain using dry cleaning solvent.

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