Stain Removal

We took a bit of a road trip over the weekend. My husband and I picked up one of our daughters and her three young sons for a trip to Nebraska to meet the newest member of the family. Our truck was fairly crowded with our 6-year-old, the 3-year-old, and the 3-month old baby grandsons. Their mom bought a couple of special toys for the older boys to help pass the time on our 5-hour drive. Both boys got a coloring book with Crayola markers. They seemed to enjoy coloring the pictures and it did take them a long time to tire of the books. On our trip home from Nebraska we noticed that one of the boy’s quilts had either a blood stain or a marker stain on it. We had the boys pass the red marker up to the front seat and when we compared the color, we were sure that it was a marker stain.

My daughter asked me how best to get the stain out of the quilt and I knew from my work at AnswerLine that generally a dye stain is removed with hot water and detergent. Since were still a long way from home, we decided to search the Crayola website to see if they had any cleaning tips there.  They have stain removal for clothing, furniture, appliances, and carpets.

The cleaning tips on that site are so detailed that they have them listed by product name. You may want to think about searching on a product website if your child or grandchild has an unfortunate stain on a special item. I’m happy to report that the marker stain was completely removed following the manufacturer’s directions.

Liz Meimann

Liz Meimann

I received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees in Food Science at Iowa State University. I love to quilt, sew, cook, and bake. I spent many years gardening, canning, and preserving food for my family when my children were at home.

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