Precautions and General Information
- Identify the stain and fabric before treatment
- READ CARE LABELS
- ACT quickly
- PRE-TEST STAIN REMOVAL AGENTS on the inside of the fabric.
Apply several drops of the recommended remover and rub gently with
a clean white towel.
If colour transfers to the cloth or a colour change occurs,
a professional dry cleaner should be consulted.
- USE SOLVENTS IN A WELL
VENTILATED ROOM WHERE THERE IS NO CHANCE OF ELECTRICAL SPARKS FROM
REFRIGERATORS, FANS, ETC. DO NOT
SMOKE. DO NOT
USE SOLVENTS NEAR OPEN FLAME. AVOID SPILLING ON SKIN OR CLOTHES.
WASH OFF IMMEDIATELY IF THIS HAPPENS.
- DO NOT USE metal
spoons or metal containers with bleaches.
- DO NOT USE chlorine bleach
on wool, silk or spandex.
- DO NOT OVERWET. Place absorbent pad under
the stain. Use solvents sparingly. Blot frequently
- DO NOT RUB OR BRUSH.
Feather liquids unevenly in the area surrounding the stain to avoid
- BE PATIENT. Some stains respond slowly. Procedures
may need to be repeated several times. All stains
cannot be removed
due to differences in age of stain, structure of
materials, fibres, dyes and finishes. Professional dry cleaners
have skills and
available to the consumer.
SOME STAINS REQUIRE PROFESSIONAL
Stain Removal Chemicals
Bleach - kills mildew and mould, and is effective
at removing coloured stains, but may fade or
bleach is particularly
risky). After the stain has gone, wash the bleach
out thoroughly. A mild bleach like hydrogen peroxide
less likely to
damage if used
Solvents - remove stains by dissolving them. Nail
polish remover containing acetone and/or amyl acetate works on lacquers
and some paints and resins,
as well as nail polish. Methylated spirits is good on adhesive tape,
PVA, latex and water based paints, ballpoint ink, waxes, makeup, correction
fluid, grass and chocolate. White spirits (used in lighter fluid),
turpentine and Kerosene can cope with fat/oil stains, tar/asphalt and
Many pre-wash spot treatments contain solvents.
Mild Acids - such as
white vinegar, cream of tartar or lemon juice help remove rust and
some food stains.
Eucalyptus Oil - can remove some adhesive glues, fat, wax, gum and tar.
Lubricating agents - such as glycerine and petroleum jelly (eg Vaseline)
help soften old stains.
Washing agents - weaken the bond holding the stain so it can be washed
away. Ammonia and Borax are all round cleaners. Enzyme laundry detergents
and soakers target protein-based stains, such as grass, blood and egg-yolk.
Most of these chemicals are available from supermarkets, hardware shops
and pharmacies. Store them in a dark place and out of reach of children.
- Household ammonia:
1 tablespoon of Household ammonia to ½ cup of water
5 tsp to 0.5L water
- White Vinegar
1 part White Vinegar to 3 parts water
Follow manufacturers’ guide
Stains Unlikely to be removed
- Acids - such as stomach
acid, toilet bowl cleaners, tile grout cleaners, corn and callous removers,
foot care preparations.
- Acne Medications and Skin Creams - products
containing benzoyl peroxide such as acne medications, fade or age
creams, foot care preparations,
- Strong Alkalis - such as drain cleaners, oven cleaners
- Bleaches -
such as chlorine bleach, swimming pool chemicals, mildew stoppers
sulfoxide - included in some arthritis medications
- Disinfectants and
Germicides - some household cleaning products such as bathroom cleaners
- Plant Foods and Fertilizers
- Old Urine Stains
- Miscellaneous - cement, furniture stain, black walnut,
some yellow dyes
STEPS TO SUCCESS
- Sort Laundry
By Fabric Type: Delicate fabrics which require
a gentle cycle will need to be separated from heavier items
By Colour: Separate whites from colours, and pastels from dark colours
By Soil Level: Since soil can travel from one garment to another in
the laundry, it is also advisable to wash heavily soiled garments separately
Lint: Check pockets and remove tissues before washing. Wash
heavy lint shedders, especially blankets, chenille bedspreads or rugs & woollens
separately and clean out the lint filter in your washing machine
- Pre-treat Obvious Stains
How to remove stains
Most stains can be removed completely,
provided that they are handled promptly and properly:
Follow these general tips:
- The Number 1 rule - ACT FAST if possible! Rinse stains before they
have a chance to set, using cold water.
- Before removing any stain,
check the fabric. Silks, wools and many Permanent Press fabrics
require special care, while stains on white
and coloured cottons, linen and washable fabrics are more easily
- Do not rub stains as rubbing may push the stain further into
- Avoid hot water on an unknown stain - hot water sets
- Avoid the use of any chlorine bleach unless the garment
tag says it may be used.
Different treatments for different stains
Fabrics react differently
to different stains and stain removal treatments, so it is important
to identify the stain to treat it properly.
Stain Removal Guide
The stain removal guide covers most of the common stains, but if you
have a problem stain that is not featured, please call the Colgate-Palmolive
Laundry Advisory Service on (Free Call) 1800 800 617.
the Right Water Temperature
Cold or Hot water?
The care label on your clothes recommends which water
temperature to use:
Ideal for fabrics that might shrink or fade in warm water and recommended
for typical wash-and-wear items. Cold Power is specially formulated for
cold water washing.
Recommended for permanent press items including light to medium colours.
For perfect results first time, every time use Dynamo Liquid.
Provides maximum cleaning for items that can
stand hot water without losing colour or shrinking; especially baby clothes & nappies
and heavily soiled work or sport outfits. Excellent for whites, sheets,
and other household items. For perfect results first time, every time
use Dynamo Liquid.
For Dark and Black Colours
Use cool water. Use Dynamo Dark Colours liquid to help protect darks
and colours and keep clothes looking newer longer.
- Add Laundry Detergent
and Fabric Conditioner
We recommend that the detergent be pre-dissolved before commencing
the wash. The easiest way to do this is to fill the washing machine
half way with water, add the detergent, then keep filling the machine.
Once full, stop, load the clothes and commence the wash.
Choosing & using Detergent
- For an unbeatable clean in cold
that revels the true vibrancy of your colours and whites use Cold
Power Advanced Concentrated Powder
- For people who like their clothes
clean and soft on their skin use Cold Power Aloe Vera, specially
formulated with natural Aloe Vera extract
- For a detergent that's
tough on stains, gentle on clothes and leaves no residue use
- For Dark and Black clohes use Dynamo Black to keep
your clothes looking newer longer
- For Front Loader washing machines
use Dynamo Matic Liquid or Concentrated Powder - specially
formulated for front loaders
Looking after your clothes in the wash is as simple as adding
Cuddly to the Fabric Softener dispenser fitted to
your washing machine.
If a dispenser is not fitted simply add to the final
rinse cycle of each
Cuddly can also provide the finishing touch to your
hand washing. Simply wash garments as usual, then add
to the final
rinse water. For
more information on Fabric Softeners click here
Most Australians line dry their washing for that fresh
outdoor feeling. If drying in direct sunlight
turn clothes inside
out to minimise
fading. If line drying is not possible then use a dryer.
dryer should be on cool or warm unless drying heavy items like
towels as the hot cycle sets creases and can shrink some clothes.
on cool or warm may make ironing easier.
Some items such as woollens lose
their shape if hung on the line and will shrink if put in the dryer.
For these items it is best to lay them
flat on a towel out of direct sunlight.
Before ironing it is important to check the care instructions on
the garment to ensure an optimal result and avoid damaging the
Using a fabric conditioner such as Cuddly in your wash will
reduce the static cling of fabrics making them much easier to iron.
on cool or warm may also make ironing easier but once again be careful
to first check the garments care instructions.