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For most people, removing stains from cotton is a matter of dunking the garment in a tub full of liquid detergent and water and washing it briskly. If the stain remains, as it very often does, tough luck, but what can one do? Plenty, as it turns out.
The finish of the garment is crucial when removing stains from cotton. As no doubt most of us have found out, it is harder to remove stains from cotton garments with a smoother finish than those that have a rougher texture. Similarly, garments in darker colors respond more readily to stain removal treatment than those in pastels. However, as a general rule, you should always dab rather than rub when removing stains from cotton, and you must act immediately after the stain has formed so that it doesn't spread further. Also, once the stain hardens, scrape off the crusty bits and concentrate on the residue.
Warning: Never use hot water when removing stains from cotton. Always remember that a stain may set further with hot or even warm water.
Now here's some advice on removing specific stains from cotton:
As a final thought, though salt water can remove certain stains on colorfast garments, salt can potentially damage some dyes and cause the color to fade, so it is better to try alternative methods.
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