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How to Remove Clay From Clothes

Your kids are suited and booted in aprons and old shirts, you’ve got newspaper and plastic cloths everywhere, and you’re ready to create a ceramic masterpiece. Then, the inevitable happens – a rogue piece of clay escapes, landing directly onto someone’s freshly washed jeans. Clay is fantastic fun to play with, so it’s just as well that those clay stains can be a snap to get rid of. 

How to remove clay from clothes after it has dried

The simplest way to help get clay out of clothes and other washables is to apply a small amount of good quality laundry detergent or a specialist stain remover. 

  • Wait until the clay is completely dry before you start cleaning the fabric. 
  • Scrape off hard clay with a spoon to avoid rubbing any residue into the material.
  • Pre-treat the clay stain. Dab it with a small amount of Persil Bio Liquid Detergent, letting it dissolve into the fabric. 
  • Wash as normal according to the instructions on the care tag. For tough, ground-in stains, the last two steps might need to be repeated. 

It’s important to read the label on any stain removal product before you use it, and read clothing care labels too. When in doubt, test the method on a small part of the garment first to check for damage.

How to remove clay from non-washable items

Found clay on your carpet, sofa, or any other item that you can’t put in the wash? Not to worry! In most cases a solution of white vinegar and water can help.

  • Mix two cups of water with one cup of white vinegar.
  • Gently rub the solution into the stain.
  • Let it soak for about 10 minutes.
  • Repeat these steps until the stain has disappeared.
  • Dab the area with a cloth dampened with plain water to rinse.

Again, you might want to test this method on a small, hidden area of the fabric first to make certain it’s suitable. 

What about modelling clay?

Because of its elasticity, modelling clay hardly ever clings or leaves any stains on clothes (a bonus for parents). It does, however, tend to stick to plastics and hard surfaces. If that's your trouble, try using some washing-up liquid to loosen the clay before wiping with a wet cloth.

That’s it! From now on, clay stains needn’t be a source of despair during craft activities at home.

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