November 10, 2011
As promised, here's our follow-up post on what to do once you get those stained medical uniforms home. You've done your best at work to clean as much of the stain off as you could. Now you're at home, and it's time to really get down to business and make those scrubs good as new. What do you do?
Protein stains: Soak your scrubs in cold water with some liquid detergent with color-safe bleach for 30 minutes. Use your fingers to gently scrub the fabric if necessary. Set your washing machine for warm water and put in a load. If the stain isn't completely out when the load is done, don't dry them! Repeat the soaking and washing process again.
Plant-based stains: Hopefully, your pretreatment with a stain-stick or enzyme wash at work has done a good job on the stain. Follow the instructions on the product for washing the garment. Use a bleach that is safe with the fabric and colors when you launder it.
Grease stains: Again, your pretreatment product should have done its job by now. When you get home, launder your uniforms in the hottest water recommended for the fabric.
Ink stains: If you weren't able to get the ink out completely at work, apply some liquid laundry detergent directly to the affected area. Let it sit for 3 to 5 minutes, then launder your scrubs normally, using the hottest water recommended for the fabric. If the stain is not out when you unload the washer, repeat these steps. Drying the garment will set the stain and make it impossible to remove.