Taking the pain out of stains

Let’s not mess around

Life is messy. Whether it’s a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, chances are you’re going to spill some. Your art projects will splash paint and ink all over the place. There’s bound to be blood when the young ones go exploring. And what’s a meal without some spilt grease and oil? Eating, drinking, painting, adventuring…these are the things that make life worth living. But it’s best to keep those memories in your heart, and not on your fabrics, carpets or surfaces.

That’s why Hychem has created a Spotting Kit packed with a range of world-class products designed to eliminate common stains. It’s all you’ll ever need, and it’s backed up by our expert advice. So read on and find out how to remove all kinds of stains, from blood, wine and coffee to ink, paint, oil and grease.

Getting rid of all your problems

The Hychem Spotting Kit helps remove a variety of tough stains including the most common ones, listed below. Please note that all products within the kit come ready-to-use so don’t dilute them.

  • Blood
  • Wine
  • Coffee
  • Paint
  • Oil
  • Grease
  • Make-up
  • Ink

How it works

The following process applies to all products in the Hychem Spotting Kit. Please always ensure that you work on your stain in a well-ventilated area.

You will need

  • A silicon spatula or small brush.
  • An absorbent fabric, like an old towel. This will get dirty, so make sure it’s something you don’t mind throwing away or keeping as a reject.

Step 1 : Apply the product to the stained area and let it stand for 45 minutes. If the garment has a bloodstain, then soak in cold water for 30 minutes prior to this.

Step 2 : Place the stained garment face down on an old cloth or towel.

Step 3 : Take a small brush or silicon spatula and work the stain by rubbing from the outside in. Take care not to do the opposite, or the stain will spread to a larger area of the garment.

Step 4 : Rinse the garment in water, place in the washing machine and run a wash cycle.

Some friendly advice

Here’s what you can do to ensure that stain goes away.

  • Act quickly. The most effective way to remove stains is to address them as soon as possible. Even the most miraculous stain removers struggle to get rid of stains that have been left to dry out before being treated.
  • Don’t rub. Use a paper towel or clean white cloth. Rubbing could spread into the fibres of the fabric and become more difficult to remove. Blotting is far more effective.
  • Use cold water. It is less likely to set a stain. Hot water can set protein stains like milk, egg or blood, and should never be used on stains of unknown origin.
  • Don’t let stains dry. Keep the stain away from direct heat, including lamps, and never put stained garments into the dryer, as the heat will set the stain.
  • Check labels or do a test before treating. Experts stress the importance of following garment label instructions as certain fabrics may require dry cleaning only. If you’re trying to remove a carpet stain, do a test on a small, inconspicuous area first.
  • Persist! You may have to repeat treatments a few times, or even try different ones, but don’t give up. Even years-old stains have been defeated with persistence
  • Never iron over stained laundry. This will lock the stain in the fibres and it will be permanent.
  • Prevention is better than cure. A good laundry detergent helps to eliminate stains, so don’t forget to use Permabrite according to your laundry needs.

The best products for daily stains

Below is a list of stains and the product that will help remove them.
For delicate fabrics like silk and cotton, use Pro Spot Care.

Alcohol x
Pen x
Beer x
Blood x x
Chocolate x
Cocoa x x
Coffee x x
Cola x x
Cream x x
Egg white x x
Food x x
Fruit x x
Fruit juices x x
Glue x
Grass x x x
Grease x
Ice cream x x
Lipstick x x
Make-up x
Mayonnaise x x
Medicine x x x
Milk x
Mud x x
Mustard x x
Nail polish x
Oil x x
Paint x
Perspiration x
Shoe polish x
Tea x x x
Tomato sauce x x
Urine x x
Varnish x
Wine x