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Stain Removal - Preparation

Most stains vanish completely if you act fast and wash the garment normally, but some are more difficult to remove and require special attention. We’ve put together a guide for how to get stains out of clothes which focuses on stain removal preparation. Here you can find all you need to know about what to do before you attempt to treat a stain. For a more advice on tough stain removal and how to remove specific stains, use our Solve Your Stain App or visit the Stain Removal Tips page.


Stain removal tips for clothes: What to do before you start


Act Fast

If you act quick, stain removal can be a lot easier! The sooner you try to remove the stain after it happens, the better your chance of complete success.

Check the care labels

Before you attempt to remove stains from clothing, you should always check the garment care labels to make sure your clothing is not dry clean only. Delicate items that are dry clean only should be taken to a professional.

Check the colourfastness

Before beginning your wash, it is important to determine whether or not your clothes are colourfast, otherwise you may end up with a messy wash with dyes running into other clothes! We recommend that you check the care label and do the colourfastness test.

Scoop or blot

Remove any excess liquid or substances from the stained area before pre-soaking or applying a stain removal solution. Either blot the area to remove excess liquid or use a spoon or a blunt knife to gently lift any solid substances, like wax or melted chocolate.


If an item of clothing is heavily stained it may need soaking before you wash it. Depending on the stain, soak your clothing in cold or warm water with a little Persil small & mighty Bio Liquid and leave for 30 minutes (heavily stained items may require soaking overnight). Some stains need cold water and some are fine with warm – check the garment care label. You can also find more advice on what water temperature to use for different stains in the Solve Your Stain Section.

Once you’ve covered all of the above steps stain removal should be easy. And don’t forget, Persil small & mighty can be your secret weapon when it comes to tough stain removal – check out our advice how to get stains out using the Persil small & mighty Stain Eraser Ball.  

Head over to for lots more helpful advice on how to remove stains from clothing.

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