Work trousers are often exposed to liquids and products which can stain them. Therefore, it’s useful to know how to remove some of the more common stains from your protective trousers and workwear. Always refer back to the manufacturer's instructions for your specific garment as the below tips will not suit every material.
Common stains include glue, paint and silicone – and while certain substances can't be removed, there are some tricks to get rid of marks. Here are some stain removal tips to try:
If not treated properly, silicone can create a permanent stain on fabric similar to a grease mark. Most silicone types can be dissolved and removed from fabric using rubbing alcohol. After removing the majority of the silicone, wet a clean cloth with a substantial amount of rubbing alcohol. Avoid rubbing the silicone stain, as this could make it exacerbated, so blot the mark instead and it should disappear.
To remove gloss or emulsion paint from work trousers, you need to determine whether it’s oil or water-based paint. The latter will usually wash out, however, oil-based paints can be more stubborn to remove.
Use a paint remover to get rid of the stain. With a cloth dipped in paint thinner or paint remover, gently dab the stain then leave the trousers to soak in warm, soapy water. Always check the care label first, as you don't want to damage the garment.