Pre-treating laundry is a process that enables you to get a head start on getting out tough stains and ensuring each and every article of clothing is cleaned to its maximum potential. Many people consider the benefits of pre-treating laundry to be largely related to stain removal, but there other aspects that can be lumped under the heading of pre-treating. Each aspect of pre-treating carries with it benefits to keep your laundry in top shape. Here are a few specific examples.
Pre-Treating Laundry: Stain Removal
Since stain removal is the most obvious and recognized part of the pre-treating process, we will examine the benefits of this process first. Washing and drying an article of clothing with a conspicuous stain can be the equivalent of sealing its doom if you do not pre-treat.
To pre-treat a stain, you want to act as soon as possible. If you are at home, immediately change clothes and apply either spray, stick, or gel concentrated spot stain remover to the stain and let it sit for several minutes before rinsing clean and then adding to a load of laundry. If you are on the road or at work, then try to apply a bit of cold water to the stain immediately and upon arriving home follow the steps outlined above and pre-treat the stain for the wash load. Stain removal is beneficial as it keeps your cloths looking fresh and you looking well-groomed.
Pre-Treating Laundry: Hand Washing
The first time you wash and dry something after pre-treating it for a stain, hand wash it and allow it to air dry. This will make sure that your stain has been completely removed. The benefit of this stage is enormous. If you went to the trouble of pre-treating for the actual stain, then you need to make sure it is gone before throwing the shirt, pants, or undergarment into the washer or dryer where the stain can take up permanent residence.
Pre-Treating Laundry: Separating Clothing
A part of the pre-treating process for laundry can also be the organization of laundry as it gets ready for the wash. With the advent of color safe bleaches and regular laundry detergents with bleach added in, a one-size-fits-all approach has been applied to the family laundry process. However, when you live in a home with children and teenagers, the importance of using bleach (preferably chlorine free) cannot be understated.
When you are already doing several loads of laundry a week and multiple loads a day, separating the whites and colors and treating them accordingly will give you the benefit of ensuring that each set of clothing is cleaned to its maximum potential without disastrous results. Separating clothing thusly also allows an opportunity to spot any stains that went unnoticed upon occurring but that need to be pre-treated.
There are several different aspects to pre-treating laundry, and each aspect carries great benefits for the people who end up wearing the laundered items.