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På Stell’s products are effective for stain removal and washing of all kinds of clothing. Here is a guide with all the information you need whether you are going to remove stains on jeans or wash your linen shirt.

Cotton

Cotton is one of our strongest plant fibers. Stains are easily absorbed by the fabric and get firmly stucked.

How to remove stains

We recommend removing stains with Lemon Soap and water. Put the garment in water and rub thoroughly with the soap on all stains before washing the garment in the machine with Lemon Wash. For old or difficult stains, leave the garment in water to let the soap work on the stains, preferably overnight. Use as hot water as the garment can withstand – check the washing instructions in the garment.

How to wash cotton

White or non-bleached cotton can withstand 60-95 degrees. Colored cotton often needs to be washed at 40 degrees.

Denim should be treated as colored cotton and should always be washed inside out.

Wool

The wool fibers cannot withstand the same rough treatment as cotton, so you should only rub gently onto the stains. For even more delicate qualities like cashmere and alpaca or non-machine washable items of wool, we recommend using Lemon Foam.

How to remove stains
wool

Lemon soap is effective and gentle for your woolen garments. Put the garment in lukewarm water and rub gently the soap onto the stain. If the stain is difficult to remove, leave the garment in water after adding the soap. 

fine wool

Stains on fine wool such as cashmere or alpaca should be treated with Lemon Foam. Massage the foam onto the stain and immediately rinse or wipe with a wet cloth until all soap is gone. Repeat if necessary.  

How to wash wool
wool

Machine wash the garment on a wool program 30-40 degrees with Wool Wash from På Stell. All garments that contains wool should be treated like wool.

fine wool

Machine wash the garment on a handwash program 30 degrees with Wool Wash – it is more gentle than regular hand washing.

See more on how to treat your wool

Linen

Linen is a strong plant fibre, but it cannot withstand strong detergents .

How to remove stains

We recommend using Lemon Soap on the stains. Rub with soap and water on the stains before washing the garment. If the garment is made of loose woven linen, which cannot withstand tough rubbing, we recommend removing stains with Lemon Foam. Apply foam, press and pump the foam into the stain. Rinse immediately with plenty of water. For non-washable garments, we recommend wiping off all soap with a wet cloth immediately after application. Repeat if necessary.

How to wasH linen

Wash linen on 40-60 degree delicate program in the machine (check the washing instructions in the garment). We recommend using Lemon Wash which is made from natural oils, does not contain any bleach and impregnates the linen. Lemon Wash also makes ironing easier. Do not use spin or dryer. We recommend stretching the linen in shape during the drying, and ironing before it is completely dry.

Bamboo and other viscose fabrics

All viscose fabrics are textile fibers made of cellulose, for Bamboo – it’s made of plant fibres of the bamboo plant. 

how to remove stains

We recommend stain removal with Lemon Soap. Rub the soap into the stain in water before washing with Wool Wash from På Stell. 

how to wash bamboo

Wash at a normal 40 degrees machine wash program with Wool Wash. Do not tumble dry – viscose may easily shrink. 

Bambull is a mix of wool and bamboo and should be treated like wool. Max temperature is 30 degrees. 

Silk

Silk is an exclusive natural fibre. Silk should not be rubbed or left in water.

how to remove stains

We recommend to use Lemon Foam for stain removal, which is more concentrated than Lemon Soap and do not need to be rubbed or left in water to work. Apply the foam and press it onto the stain. Rinse the garment immediately. Repeat if necessary. For non-machine washable items we recommend to wipe off all soap with a wet cloth.

how to wash silk

Wash your silk garments by hand or at a handwash program in the machine. Always use a detergent suitable for silk – we recommend Wool Wash from På Stell. Silk should dry hanging up in room temperature.

Synthetic fabrics

Synthetic fiber is a collective term for fibers made synthetically with crude oil as the main raw material. The best known are nylon, polyamide, polyester, acrylic and polypropylene. Unlike natural fibers as cotton and linen, synthetic fabrics do not attract stains as strongly. Synthetic fibers can withstand heat up to 40 degrees and “release” the stains more easily.

how to remove stains

We recommend Lemon Soap for stain removal. Rub the soap on the stains in water before machin-washing the garment with Lemon Wash. For old or difficult stains, leave the garment in water to let the soap work on the stains. Use as hot water as the garment can withstand – check the washing instructions in the garment.

how to wash synthetics

Wash synthetic garments with Lemon Wash, which also is antistatic. Check the washing instructions in the garment, but usually you can wash at a normal 40 degrees program in the machine.

Synthetic fibers are plastic and washing causes spread of microplastics in nature. Help the environment – minimize use and washing of synthetic fabrics. 

Leather

In general no types of leather are supposed to be washed. Leather often needs a treatment with impregnation and leather balm/grease. Suede can be brushed with a shoe brush. If you should be unlucky and get ugly stains, you can remove them with Lemon Foam. For suede we recommend Lemon Soap. Below you will see how to treat different types of leather.

leather
  1. Use Lemon Foam
  2. Rub the foam into the stain.
  3. Wipe off with a wet cloth immediately after rubbing.
  4. Repeat if necessary.
  5. Afterwords use leather balm or grease ment for regular leather fabrics.
suede
  1. Use Lemon Soap
  2. Create foam by whipping in water and apply on the stain.
  3. Let it dry
  4. Brush off all rests of soap with a shoe brush or similar. Make sure that the brush is clean.
synthetic
  1. Use Lemon Foam
  2. Rub the foam onto the stain.
  3. Wipe off with a wet cloth immediately after rubbing.
  4. Repeat if necessary.

Outerwear

For outerwear in wool, cotton or plain synthetics – see the chapters for these fabrics. For down-filled or waterproof garments – see our recommendation below.

Down

You can remove stains according to the outer fabric with Lemon Soap before washing. It’s the washing of the garment that needs special attention. If you only need to remove a single stain, we recommend using Lemon Foam, but remember to remove all soap immediately after application/rubbing.

Rub with soap and water on all stains. For old or difficult stains, leave for a while to let the soap work. Machine wash the garment at 60 degrees or see the washing instructions in the garment. To prevent the downs from clumping, it is important to use spinning. Tumble-dry until completely dry – preferably with a couple of tennis balls to help fluffing up the down. Use Wool Wash for washing down-filled garments. Ordinary detergent containing enzymes can break down the natural fat layer on the down.

Waterproof

Waterproof includes impregnated fabrics like gore-tex, rainwear or softshell.

You can remove stains according to the outer fabric with Lemon Soap before washing. It’s the washing of the garment that needs special attention. If you only need to remove a single stain, we recommend to use Lemon Foam, but remember to remove all soap immediately after application/rubbing.

Wash the garment with Lemon Wash, which does not include any softeners or chemicals that destroy technical fabrics. See the washing instruction in the garment for recommended temperature and washing program. For water repellent garment you should tumble dry to reset the treatment. Re-impregnate according to the washing instructions.

Fine clothing

Have you got stains on your suit or party dress? Follow the recipe below and the garments will be as good as new, but remember to do this at least the day before you use them. Many fine clothings need to hang for a day so that they get really dry and do not curl once you put them on.

Apply the foam and press it onto the stain. Immediately after application, rinse the garment if possible, or wipe off all soap with a wet cloth. Repeat if necessary. 

Suits and dresses
  1. Put the garment flat on an ironing board.
  2. Massage Lemon Foam into all stains
  3. Wipe off immediately all soap with a wet cloth on both sides of the garment. 
  4. Iron the garment with a wet and clean towel between the iron and the garment. (Check the care label to find the correct temperature)
shirts
  1. Put the shirt in hot water
  2. Rub with Lemon Soap on all stains. Do not forget the collar – it’s often discolored. 
  3. Wash the shirt in the washing machine with Lemon Wash.

Sports wear

how to remove stains

Lemon Soap removes stains easily on all kind of gym clothes. Just put the garment in water and rub the soap on all stains before rinsing or washing.

how to was your gym garments

We recommend to wash all gym clothes with Lemon Wash, which is made of natural oils and has an antistatic effect.

To avoid sweat or sour smell, we advise not to leave used and sweaty clothes in your gym bag or plastic. Hang it up to dry until you are able to wash it. Do not use softeners.

Cotton

Cotton is one of our strongest plant fibers. Stains are easily absorbed by the fabric and get firmly stucked.

How to remove stains

We recommend removing stains with Lemon Soap and water. Put the garment in water and rub thoroughly with the soap on all stains before washing the garment in the machine with Lemon Wash. For old or difficult stains, leave the garment in water to let the soap work on the stains, preferably overnight. Use as hot water as the garment can withstand – check the washing instructions in the garment.

How to wash cotton

White or non-bleached cotton can withstand 60-95 degrees. Colored cotton often needs to be washed at 40 degrees.

Denim should be treated as colored cotton and should always be washed inside out.