Tackling stubborn stains on school uniform is a common chore for parents. From paint and pen, to grass and even tomato sauce, here are some top tips from Wear2School to help keep your child’s school uniform looking at its best…

Pen – You might think that a ballpoint pen stain is permanent; however if treated quickly, it can be completely removed. The secret weapon is an alcohol-based product like hairspray! Spray the pen stain liberally with hairspray and then carefully blot the stain using a damp cloth. Once the stain has lightened, wash as normal.

Grass Stains – Most parents are familiar with those bright green streaks on the knees of school trousers, or on the bottom of PE shorts. To tackle stubborn grass stains we recommend using an old toothbrush and a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda. Work the mixture into the stain using the toothbrush and once the stain has reduced you may wash as usual.

Tomato sauce – If your child has school dinners, you will know how hard it is to remove tomato sauce stains from white shirts! This type of stain can often remain, even after several washes. If the stained fabric is light, try a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. This has a bleaching effect and should help to remove the stain if treated quickly. Once you have applied the lemon juice, gently blot using a paper towel and then wash as normal.

Paint – For dried-on water-based paint, you will need to gently brush off as much of the paint as possible, using an old toothbrush. You can then apply a mixture of washing detergent and water to the stain with a sponge. If the stain is particularly stubborn, it may not be water-based paint. In this case you could try dabbing on nail-polish remover with a clean cloth. Once the paint stain has softened you may add to your daily wash.

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