Hard To Remove Stains

December 21, 2017

How to remove difficult stains the right way

Hard to remove stains such as oil, sunscreen and blood can be time consuming and costly for commercial laundries, especially when they are not treated correctly the first time.

Stain removal is an issue that affects every laundry business. Approximately 3-5% of all washing in commercial laundries requires rewashing due to stains. On top of this, using the wrong treatments on certain stains can make the problem worse, requiring multiple rewashes and costing your laundry operation time and money.

The good news is, it is possible to treat most stains quickly and easily if you know how. To keep your laundry running efficiently and your customers happy, we at Aqualogic have compiled some helpful tips for treating the most common hard to remove stains.

General advice regarding stains

Any items with known stains should be isolated into a separate bag and taken directly to the laundry so as to avoid stain transfer (for example a napkin with lipstick smear).

Generally, the most successful way to treat stains is to pre-spot with specialist spotting chemicals before washing. However, this is rarely practical as most stains are identified post-wash, when the item is being folded.

The following tips will help you to effectively treat those pesky stains that are discovered after the initial wash.

Grease / Oil / Ink

For grease, oil or pen ink stains, spray the stained area with a solvent-based cleaner until it is saturated. Allow 15 minutes for the cleaner to penetrate and dissolve the stain. Then, place the item in the machine for a normal wash cycle.


It is not always easy to diagnose a sunscreen stain. As sunscreen stains are pH sensitive, you can test for a sunscreen stain by using an acidic solution like vinegar. If the stain is sunscreen, it will disappear with the vinegar and then reappear after using normal detergent.

To treat a sunscreen stain, first loosen the product by using a neutral detergent and souring agent in the wash cycle. Follow this with neutral detergent and a bleach process, using oxygen bleach. Then, rinse thoroughly and use a souring agent and water conditioner to finish.


Bloodstains should first be flushed with warm water. When doing so, be careful to avoid temperatures over 35 degrees as hot water will set the stain.

After the stain has been flushed with water, spray and saturate the area with an enzyme-based cleaner. Allow 15 minutes for the cleaner to penetrate and dissolve the stain. Then, place the item in the machine for a normal wash cycle.

Body Soils

Most body soils should be water-soluble. To remove a body soil stain, use a warm water wash with an alkaline detergent. If the stain is particularly difficult, use an enzyme-based spotter, leave for 15 minutes, then rewash using a normal wash cycle.

Your Commercial Laundry Experts

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