No one expect water to be something that stains clothes. However, it can happen when you have hard water. Knowing how to get rid of these water stains is important, especially in white clothing.
Overview of Water Stains
Hard water creates water stains because it has a number of dissolved calcium, manganese and magnesium. When you wash your clothes in hard water, your pants and shirts may appear dingy or yellowed. They may also have soapy residues and require extra rinsing. To find out if your water is hard, you can have it tested.
Remove Water Stains: Step by Step
If you do have hard water, and it’s staining your clothing, there are a few steps you can take.
- Choose a stain remover and detergent
- Soak the clothing in a mixture of detergent and water
- Wash normally
- Add bleach to the wash load for whites and colorfast clothing
- Check to see if the stain is gone
Choose a Stain Remover and Detergent
For removing water stains from colorfast fabric, use Sil 1-for-All Stain Salt or Sil 1-for-All Stain Gel on colorfast clothing for spot-treating the stain.
Use Perwoll Care for delicate fabrics, Persil Color Megaperls® for colors and Persil Universal Megalperls® for whites.
Pre-Treat the Area
Pre-treat the stain with your detergent before washing. For dingy spots or a small water stain on a shirt, pour the detergent directly on the shirt and gently rub it in. Let it sit for a couple of minutes before washing. For yellowing of entire shirts or large stains, fill your washing machine with water and the detergent to the load. Let your water-stained clothing soak in the detergent and water mixtures for a couple of hours.
Wash and Rinse
Wash normally using your chosen detergent.
Check the Stain After Washing
After washing the clothes twice, check to see if the water stain is gone. If it is, dry the clothes as normal. If it is still present, repeat the pre-treatment and wash steps.
Getting Water Stains Out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics
So, what do you do if you have a non-washable fabric item with water stains on it? Whether you’re dealing with a dry-cleaning only dress, a sunbrella, blinds or bedding, spot-treating is often the best solution. In a spray bottle, mix together 1/2 cup of detergent and 2 cups of water. Lightly spray the water spots, and blot the area with a clean, white towel. Let the fabric air dry thoroughly.
If you’re dealing with delicate types of fabric, you may have to alter your stain removal methods as well. Do not use bleach on cotton or polyester. Polyester tends to yellow with the use of bleach. Cotton’s fibers break down very easily when this harsh solution is used. Silk, nylon and linen clothing are sensitive and require handwashing with Perwoll Care.
Removing Water Stains From White Clothing
Hard water stains can affect your entire wardrobe, but these types of stains are going to be more noticeable on white clothing. If you act fast, the above stain removal tips should work for getting rid of the stains.
When checking to see if the stain is gone on white fabric, compare it to a white piece of fabric that has not been stained. While the clothing’s bright white may never be fully restored, it should not look yellow after these stain removal tips. If it does, repeat the steps before drying.
Having trouble with water stains? Remove these stains easily from fabrics using these tips.