Tips for successful stain removal

Removing stains has never been so easy with the help of these helpful tips for removing common stains. Click on a stain to find out how to make it history.

Food and Drink

Baby Food

(including formula)

Stain Guide Directions: Baby Food (including formula)

Immediately

Rinse by holding stained area face down under cool running water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Beverages

Stain Guide Directions: Beverages (including soft drinks,coffee, tea, alcohol -wine stains are treated differently)

Immediately

Sponge or rinse stains with cool water or soda water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water. Or, rub the stained area with Dynamo liquid or with a paste of granular detergent, such as Cold Power powder and water. (Use rubber gloves to protect your hands.) Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Beetroot

Stain Guide Directions: Beetroot

Immediately

Blot with absorbent paper or dry towel.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Blood/Meat Juice

Stain Guide Directions: Blood/Meat Juice

Immediately

For Fresh Stains : Hold the stained area face down under cold running water until water runs clear. For Dried Stains: Scrape as much of the blood off the fabric as possible.

Pretreat

For Fresh Stains: Rub the stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap, or Spray, following pack instructions, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water. For Dried Stains: Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Caramel

Stain Guide Directions: Caramel

Pretreat

Rinse with cold water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Chewing Gum

Stain Guide Directions: Chewing Gum

Immediately

Put in freezer, allow to harden then scrape off with a dull knife. Loosen remaining bits with eucalyptus oil.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Chocolate

Stain Guide Directions: Chocolate

Immediately

Sponge or blot surface.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Dairy Products

Stain Guide Directions: Dairy Products and Eggs (including milk)

Immediately

Rinse by holding stained area face down under cool running water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Grease/Oil

Stain Guide Directions: Grease/Oil

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. For heavy stains, place stains face down on clean paper towels. Apply Sard Wonder Stick or Soap on the back of the stain. Frequently replace the paper towels. Let dry. Rinse.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. Check garment after washing. If stain is not completely removed, pre-treat and re-wash.

Mustard

Stain Guide Directions: Mustard

Immediately

Blot up excess.

Pretreat

Cover stain with a Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Tomato Sauce

Stain Guide Directions: Tomato Sauce

Immediately

Scrape or blot surface.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Wine

(Red and White)

Stain Guide Directions: Wine (Red and White)

Immediately

Flush with cool soda water. If red wine pour white wine directly over the stain before flushing with soda water.

Pretreat

Cover stain with a paste of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker and water before soaking in Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in warm water as per instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Outdoor

Ground-in Dirt

Stain Guide Directions: Ground-in Dirt

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Grass

Stain Guide Directions: Grass

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water. Or, rub with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap, or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Mud

Stain Guide Directions: Mud

Immediately

Brush or scrape off excess. Place fabric face down under the hottest running water safe for fabric.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. Soak extra heavy stains overnight in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant

Stain Guide Directions: Deodorant/Anti-Perspirants

Pretreat

Rub stains with white vinegar and allow to stand for half an hour before rinsing with cold water. Rub the stain with Sard Wonder Stick or Soap or Spray following pack instructions, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Perspiration

Stain Guide Directions : Perspiration

Pretreat

Use a prewash stain remover such as Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. If colour of fabric has changed, apply ammonia to fresh perspiration stains or white vinegar to old stains. Rinse.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. For stubborn stains, soak in Sard Oxy Plus Soaker overnight as per label instructions.

Sunscreen

Stain Guide Directions: Sunscreen

Immediately

Sponge with methylated spirits.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Personal

Blood

Stain Guide Directions: Blood

Immediately

For Fresh Stains: Hold the stained area face down under cold running water until water runs clear.
For Dried Stains: Scrape as much of the blood off the fabric as possible.

Pretreat

For Fresh Stains: Rub the stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
For Dried Stains: Soak for 1 hour in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Collar/Cuffs

Stain Guide Directions: Collar/Cuffs

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Deodorant/Anti-Perspirant

Stain Guide Directions : Deodorant/Anti-Perspirants

Pretreat

Rub stains with white vinegar and allow to stand for half an hour before rinsing with cold water. Rub the stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap, or Spray, following pack instructions, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Perspiration

Stain Guide Directions : Perspiration

Pretreat

Use a prewash stain remover such as Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. If colour of fabric has changed, apply ammonia to fresh perspiration stains or white vinegar to old stains. Rinse.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. For stubborn stains, soak in Sard Oxy Plus Soaker overnight as per label instructions.

 

Urine, Vomit, Mucus, Faeces

Stain Guide Directions: Urine, Vomit, Mucus, Faeces

Immediately

Rinse with cool water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Cosmetics

Cosmetics

Stain Guide Directions: Cosmetics (including lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, make-up, oil-based and water-based)

Immediately

Sponge off excess.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. If stain is not completely removed, pre-treat and re-wash.

Nail Polish

Stain Guide Directions: Nail Polish

Immediately

Check the fibre content of the fabric. If it is acetate or triacetate, Do not use nail polish remover. Have the garment professionally dry cleaned.
Otherwise, place fabric face down on paper towels and apply nail polish remover to the back of the fabric. Replace paper towels with clean ones until the polish is gone.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power or Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric, as care label recommends. If some colour remains, wash again and use Sard Oxy Plus Soaker as per label instructions.

 

Perfume

Stain Guide Directions: Perfume

Immediately

Sponge with cold water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Sunscreen

Stain Guide Directions: Sunscreen

Immediately

Sponge with methylated spirits.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Kids

Ground-in Dirt

Stain Guide Directions: Ground-in Dirt

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Grass

Stain Guide Directions: Grass

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water. Or, rub with Sard Wonder Soap, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Mud

Stain Guide Directions: Mud

Immediately

Brush or scrape off excess. Place fabric face down under the hottest running water safe for fabric.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. Soak extra heavy stains overnight in an enzyme pre-treater and water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Baby Food

(including formula)

Stain Guide Directions: Baby Food (including formula)

Immediately

Rinse by holding stained area face down under cool running water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Beverages

Stain Guide Directions: Beverages (including soft drinks, fruit juice )

Immediately

Sponge or rinse stains with cool water or soda water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water. Or, rub the stained area with Dynamo liquid or with a paste of granular detergent, such as Cold Power powder and water. (Use rubber gloves to protect your hands.) Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Chewing Gum

Stain Guide Directions: Chewing Gum

Immediately

Put in freezer, allow to harden then scrape off with a dull knife. Loosen remaining bits with eucalyptus oil.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Chocolate

Stain Guide Directions: Chocolate

Immediately

Sponge or blot surface.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. Allow to stand for 30 minutes.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Tomato Sauce

Stain Guide Directions: Tomato Sauce

Immediately

Scrape or blot surface.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Dairy Products

Stain Guide Directions: Dairy Products (including milk, eggs)

Immediately

Rinse by holding stained area face down under cool running water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Blood

Stain Guide Directions: Blood

Immediately

For Fresh Stains: Hold the stained area face down under cold running water until water runs clear.
For Dried Stains: Scrape as much of the blood off the fabric as possible.

Pretreat

For Fresh Stains: Rub the stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions, let stand for 30 minutes, then rinse with cold water.
For Dried Stains: Soak for 1 hour in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Urine, Vomit, Mucus, Faeces

Stain Guide Directions: Urine, Vomit, Mucus, Faeces

Immediately

Rinse with cool water.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Sunscreen

Stain Guide Directions: Sunscreen

Immediately

Sponge with methylated spirits.

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

Crayon

Stain Guide Directions: Crayon

Immediately

Apply ice to harden. Scrape off surface crayon.

Pretreat

Place stained fabric between paper towels, press from the back of fabric with a warm iron. Replace paper towels as soon as wax melts onto them, getting as much wax off as possible. Place wax stain face down on clean paper towels, sponge Sard Wonder Stain Stick or spray Sard Wonder Spray on the back of fabric. Allow to evaporate.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. If some colour remains after washing, pre-treat with Sard Wonder Stick or Spray, allow to stand 30 minutes, then wash again.

Paint

Stain Guide Directions: Paint

Acrylic:

Blot with tissues to remove as much paint as possible and wash using Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Oil based and varnish:

Dab with the same solvent the label on the paint/varnish advises for thinner. If label is not available, use turpentine. Rinse and wash with Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric.

 

Ink

Stain Guide Directions: Ink

Immediately

Identify the type of ink (ballpoint, felt tip, or another type of ink). A permanent ink cannot be removed. Refer to a dry cleaner for professional help. Even ink that can be removed is tricky. Do not dilute or sponge with water. This can cause ink to “set" permanently. Instead, proceed with caution as you pre-treat the stain.

Pretreat

Place the stain face down on paper towels. Spray aerosol hairspray on stain or apply denatured alcohol to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently. Rinse with cool water.

Then Wash

Use a Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric. Use chlorine bleach if care label allows; otherwise, use Sard Oxy Plus Soaker.

Crayon

Stain Guide Directions: Crayon

Immediately

Apply ice to harden. Scrape off surface crayon.

Pretreat

Place stained fabric between paper towels, press from the back of fabric with a warm iron. Replace paper towels as soon as wax melts onto them, getting as much wax off as possible. Place wax stain face down on clean paper towels, sponge Sard Wonder Stain Stick or spray Sard Wonder Spray on the back of fabric. Allow to evaporate.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. If some colour remains after washing, pre-treat with Sard Wonder Stick or Spray, allow to stand 30 minutes, then wash again.

 

Household

Adhesive Sticky Tape/Glue

Stain Guide Directions: Adhesive Tape/Glue

Immediately

Apply ice to harden the gummy residue. Scrape with a dull knife to remove as much as possible.

Pretreat

Place stain face down on a paper towel. Sponge the back of fabric with Sard Wonder Stain Stick or Soap, following pack instructions. Rinse.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Crayon

Stain Guide Directions: Crayon

Immediately

Apply ice to harden. Scrape off surface crayon.

Pretreat

Place stained fabric between paper towels, press from the back of fabric with a warm iron. Replace paper towels as soon as wax melts onto them, getting as much wax off as possible. Place wax stain face down on clean paper towels, sponge Sard Wonder Stain Stick or spray Sard Wonder Spray on the back of fabric. Allow to evaporate.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. If some colour remains after washing, pre-treat with Sard Wonder Stick or Spray, allow to stand 30 minutes, then wash again.

 

Grease/Oil

Stain Guide Directions: Grease/Oil

Pretreat

Cover stain with Sard Wonder Stick, Soap or Spray, following pack instructions. For heavy stains, place stains face down on clean paper towels. Apply Sard Wonder product on the back of the stain. Frequently replace the paper towels. Let dry. Rinse.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends. Check garment after washing. If stain is not completely removed, pre-treat and re-wash.

Ink

Stain Guide Directions: Ink

Immediately

Identify the type of ink (ballpoint, felt tip, or another type of ink). A permanent ink cannot be removed. Refer to a dry cleaner for professional help. Even ink that can be removed is tricky. Do not dilute or sponge with water. This can cause ink to “set" permanently. Instead, proceed with caution as you pre-treat the stain.

Pretreat

Place the stain face down on paper towels. Spray aerosol hairspray on stain or apply denatured alcohol to back of stain. Replace paper towels frequently. Rinse with cool water.

Then Wash

Use a Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric. Use chlorine bleach if care label allows; otherwise, use Sard Oxy Plus Soaker.

 

Mildew

Stain Guide Directions: Mildew

Immediately

This may have damaged the fabric permanently.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

Paint

Stain Guide Directions: Paint

Acrylic

Blot with tissues to remove as much paint as possible and wash using Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Oil based and varnish

Dab with the same solvent the label on the paint/varnish advises for thinner. If label is not available, use turpentine. Rinse and wash with Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric.

 

Scorch Marks

Stain Guide Directions: Scorch Marks

Immediately

Severe scorching is permanent and cannot be removed by washing.

Pretreat

Soak for 1 hour or overnight for heavy stains in an enzyme pre-treater/water solution made with 1 lid of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in 7 litres of warm water.

Then Wash

Use a Dynamo liquid and the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Wine

(Red and White)

Stain Guide Directions: Wine (Red and White)

Immediately

Flush with cool soda water. If red wine pour white wine directly over the stain before flushing with soda water.

Pretreat

Cover stain with a paste of Sard Oxy Plus Soaker and water before soaking in Sard Oxy Plus Soaker in warm water as per instructions.

Then Wash

Use Cold Power powder or Dynamo liquid and wash as the care label recommends.

 

 

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