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FAQs on Clothing Resources

Clothing Care  Stain Removal

Clothing Care

  1. How do I manage my wardrobe ?

  2. What are the basics I should know when doing laundry ?

  3. What should I do if I find small moths in my closet ?

  4. What do the symbols found on clothing labels mean ?

  5. How can I clean the clothing that was affected during flooding ?

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Stain Removal

  1. How can I remove a stain from my washable clothing ?

  2. How can I decide which method I use to treat the strain ?

  3. What are the products that I can purchase to help remove the strain ?

  4. How can I remove blood form my clothing ?

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How do I manage my wardrobe ?

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What are the basics I should know when doing laundry ?

Some important first steps are to sort the clothing into lights and darks. Next, pretreat any stains before washing the item. Add the recommended amount of detergent but do not overdue or it may not be thoroughly rinsed out. For more detailed information, follow the link below.

http://www.sdahq.org/

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What should I do if I find small moths in my closet ?

Clothes moths feed on wool, feathers, fur, hair, leather, lint, dust, paper, and occasionally cotton, linen, silk, and synthetic fibers. They are especially damaging to fabric stained with beverages, urine, oil from hair, and sweat. Treatment methods are listed on the site below.  

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/2000/2107.html

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What do the symbols found on clothing labels mean ?

These symbols direct the consumer to the best methods to care for the item. To see the symbols and learn what they mean, follow the link below

http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5556.html

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How can I clean the clothing that was affected during flooding ?

Clothing that has been in a flood needs to be taken care of immediately to prevent growth of mold and mildew.  For detailed information, follow the link below.

http://ianrpubs.unl.edu/textiles/nf70.htm

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How can I remove a stain from my washable clothing ?

The quicker you can work on the stain the better chance you will have for success. The wide variety of fabrics available today requires the consumer to carefully follow the suggested guidelines. See the links below for more information.

 http://ohioline.osu.edu/outside/stainrem.html

 http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM858.pdf

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How can I decide which method I use to treat the strain ?

If the item is labeled “dry clean only” take it to a cleaners and have them determine the best method to treat it. If the item is washable, follow the suggestions listed at the links below.

http://ohioline.osu.edu/outside/stainrem.html#wtdiydk

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM858.pdf

http://ohioline.osu.edu/outside/stainrem.html#htiap

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What are the products that I can purchase to help remove the strain ?

The products you need to remove stains are as varied as the types of stains. You must first identify the type of fabric, the type of stain and then decide on which product will do the best job. The site listed below describes many of the common products available.

 http://ohioline.osu.edu/outside/stainrem.html#csas

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How can I remove blood form my clothing ?

Soak the item in cold water. Rinse under cold running water while rubbing the fabric against itself. Follow by laundering in warm water with detergent. If any stain remains soak longer in cool water with detergent and then repeat the washing. Stubborn stains may require the use of bleach or enzyme products. For additional information, follow the links below. 

http://ohioline.osu.edu/outside/stainrem.html#rsfwf

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