The sign of a good day at school is school clothes covered in stains – from art class, the playground, the lunchroom. As parents we know this. As the people in charge of laundry, all we can do is cope. We asked parents for their top tips in dealing with the messiest, muckiest stains their kids dish out in the #ACEforSchool Challenge and the provided insight as only experts can.
The #ACEforSchool Challenge is sponsored by ACE. With ACE for Colours and ACE Stain Remover Spray, you can deal with the never-ending school laundry pile easily. ACE for Colours gently removes stains and keeps colours bright. ACE Stain Remover Spray tackles grease and germs along with stubborn stains. And because you can use it every day, ACE keeps garments fresh and clean, meaning they last longer. As parents, we can get school clothes, sports kit and play clothes clean and ready for every colourful back-to-school adventure.
Here, the top tips for dealing with the toughest school uniform stains, from the people who know — parents
1. Appreciate that stains mean your child is drawing, playing, eating well and having fun at school. “There is no point in trying to stop them getting lathered in paint, dirt and food,” says Accidental Hipster Mum. “I’ve found the most sanity-saving way to deal with dirty uniforms is to take a very Zen approach and calmly accept that stains happen.” Or as Adventures in Websterland says, “Kids are meant to get messy and have fun while doing so.”
2. Understand your foe. The ACE Stain Helper gives advice on how to tackle whatever stains come your way from ketchup to curry to grass to paint. Go to the Stain Helper now for tips on your toughest enemies.
3. Plan to wash clothes as soon as possible. The quicker you act, the less time stains have to set and are more likely to vanish completely with washing. Rachel Jess has a solution when she doesn’t have enough for a full load. “We now have midweek soaks. To keep my son’s shirts white, I now soak the shirts in the biggest saucepan I have, because let’s face it, I’m never going to cook in something that large!”
4. Pre-treat stains with a pump action spray and allow to soak in before throwing in the washer. “A quick spray before your wash on the stain should lift it,” says Glossytots. Depending on the stain, “if it’s more stubborn or really dried in then I wet the stain under the hot tap so it’s saturated, spray on the ACE trigger spray (both sides) and let it work its magic for about ten minutes before washing in my usual way,” advises ReadyFreddieGo.
5. Keep colours and whites bright by using colour-safe stain removers. “James’ school uniform is a coloured jumper, grey trousers and a white polo shirt,” says BabyFoote.com. “I have to question if the person who came up with this uniform has 1, ever done their own washing, and 2, ever had a child…I feel that mixing the colours in with the whites is asking for trouble, or at least asking for grim grey polo tops.” “I love how you are able to use these products on coloured clothes without worrying that the product might end up bleaching the clothes,” says The Epileptic Blogger.
6. Don’t forget about germs. Getting clothes, especially gym kit, clean and sweet-smelling means also killing germs. ACE for Colours cleans hygienically, which leaves clothes smelling fresh.
#ACEforSchool Challenge is sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s. This post is part of the paid #ACEforSchool campaign.