How to Remove Stains from Shirts

Shirts are a staple item of our wardrobe – from crisp white numbers to lively pops of colour; they get us through the week. Because we rely on wearing our shirts so often, they can often be prone to lunchtime or coffee spillages, resulting in unwanted stains and dirty marks. Then there are the treasured formal dress shirts that only come out of the wardrobe a few times a year – yet we still manage to arrive home from an event with an irritating red wine stain!

Luckily, Vanish makes removing stains from shirts easy. Choose between three simple steps: pre-treating, soaking, or washing in the machine. Our powerful Oxi-Action formula, which is available in gel and powder form, takes the stress out of tackling even the toughest of stains.

Read on for top tips on how to get the best results with Vanish when dealing with those unsightly marks.

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How to remove stains from coloured shirts

To remove stains from coloured shirts, use our fast acting Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Removal Powder or Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Removal Gel for first time amazing stain removal. For best results on very tough stains, choose from the steps below (pre-treat, soak or wash). Or for light staining, simply start from Step 3 (a soak, then wash).

  1. Mix 1/4 scoop of powder with 3/4 scoop of water (max 40°) into a paste, or fill the cap provided with a dose of gel.
  2. Gently rub stain with the paste or gel using the knobbly base of the scoop and leave for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  3. Dissolve 1x scoop of powder or 60ml of gel in 4L of warm water (max 40°) and soak the shirt in the solution for a maximum of one hour.
  4. Wash the shirt as usual with your normal detergent and add another scoop of Vanish.

Important:

Always follow the usage instructions on the Vanish packaging. Do not use on finished or coated surfaces - for example wood, metals etc.

How to remove stains from white shirts

A crisp white shirt is a wardrobe essential, so it’s vital to know how to remove stains from these garments to keep them looking fresh and bright, wear after wear. The good news is that our Vanish Gold Oxi Action Crystal White Powder not only lifts stains, but restores your whites back to bright, with a special added whitening boost.

As with coloured shirts, for best results on particularly bad or set-in stains pre-treat and then wash, follow the steps below (pre-treat, soak or wash). Or, for light staining, simply start from Step 3 (soak then wash).

  1. Mix 1/4 scoop of powder with 3/4 scoop of water (max 40°) into a paste.
  2. Gently rub stain as required using the knobbly base of the scoop and leave for a maximum of 5 minutes.
  3. Dissolve 1x scoop of Vanish Powder in 4L of warm water (max 40°) and soak the shirt in the solution for a maximum of six hours.
  4. Wash the shirt as usual with your normal detergent and add another scoop of Vanish Powder.

How to remove stains from dress shirts

Got a problematic stain on a formal dress shirt? Don’t worry, Vanish is designed to be used on even premium fabrics and your best items of clothing! Simply follow the appropriate instructions above to get your smartest shirts looking as radiant and fresh as the first day you bought them. We recommend using our Gel format for delicate fabrics.

General Advice

  • Always follow washing instructions on garment or fabric care label.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • Rinse and allow to dry.
  • After washing or treating garments with Vanish Gold, dry away from sources of direct heat and direct sunlight.
  • When using Vanish to pre-treat, use lukewarm water.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.
  • Do not use on garments requiring dry cleaning.
  • Do not pour the product on any metallic parts of the garments (e.g. buttons, zips).
  • Do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly.
  • Do not leave the product to dry on garments (maximum 10 minutes contact time).