Mother Dove here again. This time I've got 8 ways to remove stains. A pretty handy guide if you want to print it out and hang it by your wash machine. There are eight basic techniques for stain removal: brushing, flushing, freezing, presoaking, pretreating, scraping, sponging, and tamping. Using the right technique along with the proper solutions with help ease the removal of the stain. BRUSHING Brushing is the first step used for removal of dry stains, ( i. e. mud). The fabric should be stretched out on a smooth surface and using a small stiff brush, brush the residue onto a sheet of paper. FLUSHING Flushing is used to remove loosened residue and stain removing solutions from the fabrics. It is important if you are flushing on nonwashable materials, to control the spread of water through the garment. This is accomplished by applying water with an eyedropper or spray bottle trigger which allows for direct placement of minimal amounts of water. Begin applying water, an absorbent pad is to be placed under the spot. This pad should be changed before the water and stains fills it up. If the fabric is washable, the article should be rinsed with warm water after flushing is completed. FREEZING Freezing is used to remove candle wax, chewing gum, and other gooey substances. Hold an ice cube against the stain until it is frozen. If the surface is nonwashable, place the ice cube in a plastic bag to avoid the area from becoming wet. After the stain has become solidified, it can be gently lifted or scraped off the surface. PRESOAKING Garments that have become yellowed, grayed, or heavily soiled should be presoaked in a solution for no longer than 30 minutes. Items that are not colorfast should only be presoak very briefly. Bleach, laundry detergent, or an enzyme presoak can be used, however, do not use bleach and an enzyme together. Items should be rinsed thoroughly before laundering to remove any presoak solution left on them. PRETREATING Oily, greasy stains should be pretreated with a spray of liquid laundry detergent, stain removing spray, bar soap, or pretreating paste made from powdered detergent. The solution should be rubbed into the fabric and then laundered as normal. SCRAPING Solid material should be scraped away with a dull knife, spoon, or spatula before applying stain remover. Short strokes should be applied, without pressing to hard,across the surface of the stain. SPONGING If possible, put an absorbent pad under the stain before starting. Using a sponge or pad, apply the stain removing solution and sponge the stain gently using light strokes working inward toward the center. As either pad becomes stained, it should be changed. If working on acetate, rayon or triacetate, rings can appear from sponging. The sponge or pad should be barely wet and the fabric should be touched lightly. Allow to thoroughly dry and do not iron or dry with heat, TAMPING To remove stains from durable, tightly woven fabrics, tamping should be done with a soft-bristle brush. The stained article is place on a hard surface without a pad, and the stain is lightly rapped with he bristles until the stain is removed. This method should only be used when directed as tamping could damage fabrics. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And remember... Spray N Wash is your friend. It's inexpensive and I actually keep my spray bottle on my bedroom dresser. That way I make sure to squirt a stain immediately before tossing the clothing in the basket. Now if somebody would just help me fold. UGH. I hate folding laundry. anyone? anyone? bueller?