By now, hopefully you handle new stains to your brand new scrubs with a grain of salt. However, this doesn’t mean you have to accept the stain, and for this reason, many have learned new ways to keep their scrubs as stain-free as possible.
Treating Scrub Stains at Work
Since we all know that part of treating a stain effectively is to get the stain taken care of as soon as possible, this means we have to know some quick techniques we can take care of while on the job, where the stains are occurring. Knowing the type of stain can also help determine how to treat it.
Plant-Based Stains – Plant-based stains can be those that come from drinks such as juices, coffee, tea, and even some foods. To treat plant-based stains you will need to use a stain saving on-the-go stick treatment product. If you do not have one available, you need to flush the stain by allowing water to run through it as soon as possible.
Protein Stains- Protein stains are very common for scrub wearers as they include vomit, blood, feces, and other bodily fluids. To treat protein stains you should run the affected area under a flush of cold water, scrubbing gently with your fingertips. You can also use a clean sponge or cloth if you do not want your hands to come in direct contact
with the stain. If needed, use a bar soap or even shampoo to help you work the stain out the best you can until you get home.
Grease Stains – The only way to have a successful chance at treating this type of stain in the wash is to treat it immediately with a stain stick or a pretreatment spray. It does pay to keep these items in your backpack, purse, or your locker at work.
Ink Stains – We have all slipped that pen in our pockets, never expecting it to suddenly explode and leave a horrid stain. To treat ink stains you will need an acetone product. Nail polish remover works well for this type of stain. Gently use an eyedropper to apply the liquid to the stain to prevent it from spreading. Rinse immediately afterwards.
It is also good to keep an extra set of scrubs around in case you get a stain that is very large or cannot be treated without leaving you walking around in totally soaked clothing.
Treating Scrub Stains at Home
Once you have gotten your stain scrubs back home to where your washer and dryer is, you will begin the real work on getting rid of those pesky stains.
Plant-Based Stains – For plant-based stains, use a bleach that is safe with the fabric and color of your scrubs. Follow any special instructions that the garment requires. Hopefully, the stain stick or pretreatment spray as done its job and your stain will come out when laundered.
Protein Stains – For those protein stains, soak the scrubs in cold water for 30 minutes with some of your favorite liquid detergent that has a color safe bleach element included. If necessary, use your fingers to work the fabric and force the stain out. Run a regular load of clothes on a warm water cycle and toss in your stained scrubs. Once the cycle is done, check your scrubs, if the stain is still there, try again. Do not let them dry out fully until you have the stain as invisible as you can get it.
Grease Stains – This is also a case where you will need to hope your stain stick has done its job while you worked the rest of your shift. Try washing your scrubs in the hottest water you can get from your washing machine and keep washing the fabric until you have diminished the stain substantially.
Ink Stains – If you were unable to get the stain out entirely at work, you should apply some liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain. Allow it to sit for around three to five minutes, and then toss them in the washing machine and run them on the hottest setting available. If the stain does not disappear after the first wash, run it through the full process until it does.
In most cases, allowing a stained garment to fully dry will mean that it is likely a permanent one, so make sure you repeat your processes until the stain has diminished as much as possible before allowing it to dry fully.
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