All the Leaves Are Brown…: A Guide to Autumnal Stains

All the Leaves Are Brown…: A Guide to Autumnal Stains

Chocolate, gravy, coffee and mud are all absolutely great (although, perhaps not all together). The other unfortunate thing they have in common is that they are all brown - and a nightmare to get out of clothing. Whether hot-chocolate on a dress, coffee down a shirt, or the mud that seems to leap off the ground to cover school uniforms, we've composed a quick guide all about how to remove these tricky stains from clothing that seem to turn brown more regularly than the leaves.

There are a whole range of possible culprits, but for demonstration purposes, we'll discuss 3 of the most common: coffee stains, chocolate stains and mud stains.

Cleaning Process

When dealing with a stain left by something brown, often the sooner you deal with it, the easier it is to remove. If the stain is water-based (such as coffee and most other hot-drinks), and non-greasy, it's best to rinse it with cold water to prevent it setting further into the cloth. When the area is damp enough, you can begin tackling the stain itself. However in the case of mud do not rub the stain or try to wipe it whilst it is wet as this will lead to smearing. Let the mud dry and treat it later. Always follow washing instructions on the garment or fabric care label. There are different procedures to follow depending on the colour of the material:


For whites, the process is normally the same for all three stains, since you can often get away with using a stronger stain removing agent. To start with, remove any solid excess with a spoon - being careful not to rub the residue in further into the material. Apply a stain remover containing Sodium Percarbonate such as Vanish Gold Oxi Action Crystal White Powder. Mix 30g of powder with a full lid of water. Apply the paste onto the affected region and rub as needed. Leave to soak in for a maximum of five minutes. When the time is up, wash the clothing immediately, with a scoop of Vanish, to remove all of the stain.