Back to School – New Clothes, New Ink

Back to School – New Clothes, New Ink

It's that time of year when your kids are heading back to school in their brand new uniforms. When they are learning and having fun with their friends, it is almost impossible for them not to get a little messy. Thankfully, we have some great tips to getting your child's uniforms back to tip top shape. From ink stains to tough oil stains, you won't have to worry at all.

Here are some easy ways to fight off tough stains when the kids go back to school. Hopefully, you won't have to worry about your children getting messy again.

Texta marks

Children tend to play a lot of games with textas, and it's not long until a mark appears on a skirt or shirt sleeve. If your child has come home with ink stains on their clothes, try soaking it in detergent. After about ten minutes, rinse the clothing in warm water and then leave to dry. If you find that the stain is still there, apply Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder as a paste  to the ink stain. Make sure you follow the instructions to ensure you get the best results.

If the ink stain has been made by a water-based felt tip, you can use soap or a detergent to get rid of it. Try dabbing it on to the stained area until you see a difference. Once you've done that, rinse the garment with water and then give it a full wash in the washing machine with a lid of Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder to make sure that those stains don't stand a chance.

Paint stains

Art classes are always popular and allow kids to be creative, especially when it comes to creating stains! When your child has been playing with paint, it is important to find out if it is oil or water based. Oil stains can be tougher to remove, whereas water-based stains can be a little easier to deal with.

To remove water-based paint, it would be handy to scrape off as much excess paint as possible using a spoon or knife. This will make it a lot easier to remove the stain, rather than making it worse by spreading it. You can then rub a paste of Vanish Napisan Oxi Action Powder and a bit of warm water into the leftover mark, and rinse using warm water. This process can be repeated until you are happy with the outcome.

Oil paint stains can be a bit harder to remove, but if you keep working at it, the stain will eventually disappear. These types of stains are easier to tackle when they are still wet but if the stain has dried by the time your child is home from school, don't worry! Try dabbing the mark with a cloth to pick up as much of the pigment as possible. You can apply direct to the stain either Vanish Powder or Gel to help break it down (the gels are the best for tackling oily stains). Then rinse the piece of clothing in soapy water for 10 minutes. Once you have done that, give the clothing a wash in the washing machine with a dose of Vanish and your oil should be all taken care of.

Note: You should always follow washing instructions on the garment or fabric care label.