Game on: How to defeat sporting stains

07/11/2018 - Stain Removal Tips

If you spend half your week ferrying your family between various sporting activities, then you probably spend the rest of your time trying to remove the relative stains and odours. We know it can sometimes be hard to get the stains out – especially if our kids leave their kit hanging around before they put it in the wash – so the team here at ACE have put together a few tips to coach you along the way. Remove the stains but keep the memories of sporting games with ACE…

Tackle it as soon as possible

There is nothing worse than having to empty a kit bag that’s been left sitting around for a few days after a match or practice. Leaving a worn kit gives the mud and dirt time to set into the fibres of the material and will make it even harder to get it out completely! Add a capful of ACE for Colours to your wash to help remove any stains.

Master the Mud

Even the slightest bit of rain in the UK seems to make endless amounts of mud and it means that most weeks our kids come back looking more like a mud-pie than a sportsperson! Leave mud to dry and then remove any large clumps – this will make life easier on you and your washing machine. If your washing machine has a prewash setting, use this to give the kit a little rinse before the proper wash, then add a capful of ACE to your main wash to help remove stubborn marks. The soil suspension polymer in ACE means that dirt molecules will be carried away and won’t be redeposited onto the garment – perfect for those super muddy sports uniforms.

Grass-free Garments

A green-stained uniform is definitely not what anyone wants to be in when turning up for a big game! Dab alcohol onto the stain with a clean sponge to lift off the green pigmentation, but make sure you don’t rub it as this will make the stain spread. Rinse thoroughly with cold water – it’s important to never use hot water when pre-treating stains as this can cause them to set into the fabric. Massage some ACE for Colours into the stain, helping it to get deep into the fabric. Leave the garment to sit for five minutes and then pop it into the wash with a capful of ACE for Colours. One to you, stains nil!

Get some air

Tumble drying sports kits is a common mistake – especially as it is much quicker and easier when we’ve got busy lives – however it is something we should avoid. The tumble dryer can cause colours to fade, stains to set and fabric to shrink; all things we definitely do not want to happen when we’ve forked out a small fortune for all the sports gear! Leave clothes on an airer to dry overnight, or throughout the day, to make sure they’re ready for the next practice or match.

What are your top tips more tackling the dirty sports kits? Let us know at @ACECLEANUK on FacebookInstagram and Twitter. Also, don’t forget to pick up a bottle of ACE in Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose (and lots of other retailers!) when you’re getting the food in for your budding little sportsperson!


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