With the closure of gyms and fitness centres due to Covid-19 pandemic, cycling has emerged as a prevalent hobby and activity of choice of a myriad of people to keep themselves in shape. Bike grease characterized as black and tar-like is often classified under stubborn stains. Regular cycling, its handling, and day to day maintenance can spoil your clothes with harsh stains of grease. No matter how careful you are, your most treasured attires or cycling outfit can come in contact with the dark smudge.
Fixing the bike’s chain, changing the punctured tire, wiping off the rust from bike’s parts, or any other activity is assured to invite grease. Don’t worry, removing the stains can be a daunting task, however not impossible. How quick the stains get eliminated is entirely in your hands. First and foremost thing to bear in mind is that don’t let the stains to accumulate while waiting for a long period of time. Engage yourself in the removal process as soon as possible. Secondly, don’t forget to check the instructions that guide how to treat a particular garment. To get rid of striking spots, here are some of the easy and convenient tips that can be employed while sitting at home.
Degrease the Stains Using Degreaser Wipes
Degreaser wipes is a must-have that should be kept handy. Its need arises during unforeseen incidents especially when you have to carry out fixation of the bike’s parts. Degrease your cloth covered with a grimy mess using the wipes.
Let’s have a look at some of the cleaning methods with the help of easily available products.
1. Laundry Detergent
If the hideous grease stains have ruined your synthetic linens, laundry detergent works wonder in taking off those stains. Apply the detergent powder on the stain affected area of the fabric. Scrub it using a water-filled cotton cloth. Allow the detergent to sit for some time say 15-20 minutes. After the time has elapsed, rinse the garment with cold water. Thoroughly wash the piece and allow it to dry naturally. Restrict yourself using this method in case of delicate fabrics.
2. Dishwashing Liquid
If your cotton cloth or synthetic piece is freshly affected by grease, then you proceed using dishwashing liquid for its removal as it has a high pH level as compared to laundry detergent. All you need is to mix dishwashing liquid and baking powder. Once, its smooth paste is made, apply on the greasy spot of your piece. Let it sit down for 5-10 minutes. After that, place it under the cold water tap and allow it to dry. In case of dried greasy stains, apply cornflour on the affected area before proceeding with the aforementioned steps.
If you are dealing with distasteful grease stains, applying shampoo on the stains will surely prove effectual. Using a toothbrush, scrub it so that if the stains are stubborn; it can be easily removed. Now, dip the stained part of the cloth in a mix of water and vinegar. Rinse it under the cool water. Considering the guidelines mentioned on the label, wash the entire garment.
4. Natural Methods
Some natural stain cleaners are known to have great results in grease removal too. Lemon and vinegar owing to their acidic properties can eradicate the greasy spots. When used in combination, stains vanish like it never appeared. However, in case of extra delicate fibre, avoid using this mix. Borax imbibed with corrosive quality works really good in case of worst grease stains. You can try it on hard fabrics by mixing it in water. Baking soda is yet another natural cleaner for treating fresh and dried grease stains on delicate attires. Apply the baking soda on the stained area. Let it stay overnight. Next morning, the entre grease would be absorbed. Scrub it using a brush and rinse it with cold water.
5. Spot Remover and Hot Water
The use of spot remover and hot water is also meant to facilitate the removal process. Spraying the spot remover and using a soft brush to scrub it will prove quite effective. The process speeds up when the greased section of the cloth is brought in direct contact with the hot water. However, the hot water needs to be poured from a height so as to break down the grease bonds. Once this step is completed, wash the garment and allow it to dry.
In Case of Harsh Stains
You may come across the situation when trying the above listed gentle methods may not remove stain from your clothes no matter how many times you have tried. If the above listed simple and efficacious methods fail to respond, resort to some serious cleaning ways. Severe stains can also vanish by covering the greasy spots with thinner. Leaving it for some time and scrubbing it with a brush will result in the disappearance of the stains. If this methods, too fails, call a professional mechanic or cleaner’s help. Being well-acquainted with each garment’s washing directions, they use powerful yet safe detergents to cut the greasy stains.
Despite being cautious, your clothes are bound to get grease stains. But, the usage of right ingredients, functional methods, and a good presence of mind will assist you to fight those hard stains.