Proven Ways to Remove Stains From Sarees
Stain – just a small spot on anything, right? No, this is not just a small spot, but a big spoiler for anything. Even a six yards long beautiful saree can lose its beauty due to a small stain of oil, protein, grease or fruit juice.
Sarees are the most worn outfit by the women in India. Be it a pooja at home or a huge wedding celebration, saree is the preferred choice for ethnic wear. From unmarried girls to old age ladies, everyone loves to flaunt a classy and elegant look in this traditional wear.
Being the preferred outfit in functions, traditional celebrations and festivals, chances of getting these stained are very high. Not just the festivals or parties, women who wear sarees as an everyday outfit also face the problem due to oil, turmeric and other such stains which are common when they work in the kitchen.
No matter whether it is a fancy crepe saree or a silk saree, removing the stain from them is equally difficult. The delicate zari work, embroidery, and prints further make it difficult to remove the stains. While rubbing them, there is always a fear of the embroidery or the beading getting ruined.
Don’t let the stain take away the beauty of your expensive sarees. Here are some helpful and full proof stain removal tips.
Identifying the stain type:
The first step in the stain removal process is to identify it. As different chemicals and stains have varied reactions and a minor mistake is a selection of the stain removal product can make it more stubborn and pathetic. So, first, you should identify the stain like whether it is of grease, tea or perspiration.
Grease stain removal
Any stain caused by oil-based products like refined oil, cooking oil, lipstick, butter or margarine come in the category of grease stains. The important point to remember when removing these stains is that don’t damp the saree in water or detergent. The right technique is to first draw out the grease with talcum powder and then remove the powder with a soft brush.
Protein stain removal
Protein stains are usually caused by sweat, blood, deodorant or some food items. These are the most common stains for you have no control on perspiration. Besides common, these are also the most stubborn stains to remove from silk and designer crepe sarees. To remove these stains, first, dab a cotton bud in liquid detergent and use it on the affected area. Leave the detergent on the stain for around 30 minutes and then wash the saree with cool water.
Coffee and tea stain removal
If you have small kids whom you need to pick in your lap, the chances of getting such stains increase more. The worst part about these stains is that these spread quickly and spoil the whole fabric leaving dark marks on the beautiful saree. An effective tool to get rid of caffeine stains is vinegar. Mix three tablespoons of distilled vinegar with equal amount of normal water. Clean the affected area either with a sponge or a cloth. You can also dab the stain, but make sure you don’t rub it. To get the best results, prefer using pure vinegar instead of a diluted version.
Point to remember when removing stains from the sarees
There are some points you should keep in the mind when cleaning expensive sarees. First, never wash two different sarees together. If you have to remove stains from silk saree and designer tussar saree, wash them separately to avoid color blending.
Second, never use bleach on the sarees as the harsh chemical can spoil the fiber while leaving yellowish marks on the saree. Hope you find these tips helpful to keep your beautiful and designer sarees stain free.