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How do I remove winter rock salt stains from clothes?

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How do I remove winter rock salt stains from clothes?

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Question: How do I remove winter rock salt stains from clothes?

Here's how to remove salt stains from clothes: Sodium chloride or rock salt and calcium chloride are used to melt ice and snow. While it’s fairly easy to remove these salts when they’re fresh, they may damage dyes and disintegrate fabrics, especially silk and wool, when left in garments for a period of time.

Answer:

For washable garments, rinse salt-stained area in cold water as soon as possible. If the garment has dried and stains have set in, you may need to allow them to soak overnight in cool water. Then launder as usual using detergent and cool water.

If the garment must be dry cleaned and you are using a commercial cleaner, be sure to point out the stain to your cleaner. Ask that the garment be wetcleaned.

If you are using a home drycleaning kit, you should take the following steps before following the directions in your kit. Dampen the salt-stained area with a light mist of water and blot away as much moisture as possible. If the stain remains, treat with the stain removal product provided with the kit and then clean as directed.

Shoes and boots usually get the worst salt stains. Learn how to remove those white stains from shoes and how to clean your sheepskin or suede boots.

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