Have A Medicine Stain On Your Shirt?
WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?
The problem with medicine stains occurs when mysterious yellow or brownish colored local straining appear after cleaning. These stains may not have been visible previously on the garment.
WHAT DOES MEDICINE STAINS LOOK LIKE?
The stains look like accidental contact or spillage spots. This type of staining usually appears brown or rust colored, but can be orangish or even yellow. The possible shade difference becomes controlled by the actual ingredients inside of the specific medicine type. As well as, the type of fabric it came into contact with and the amount of times it remained on the fabric.
WHAT CAUSES MEDICINE STAINS?
Accidental contact with your clothing while using liquid medications is usually what causes this type of stain. Some chemical preparations that eventually develop into noticeable stains are Argyrol, antibiotics, betadine, hibiclens, and other related silver protein compounds.
You can find these types of substances in cold and other medicinal preparations, as well as antiseptics, dentistry, dietary supplements, and photographic chemicals. Other medicinal bactericides, salves, lotions, or other skin preparations can also cause staining. Oxidation over time will cause the staining to become noticeable and/or more intense. This can become accelerated by the heat of cleaning and finishing.
CAN MEDICINE STAINS BE PREVENTED?
You must flush medicinal compounds with water from a fabric soon after contact in order to prevent the residue from absorbing oxygen from the air. Such oxidation causes the chemicals to become more apparent on a fabric and sometimes permanently set. If known, its best advised to mark the areas of spillage right away (since the stains may dry quick, rendering them to appear invisible at first). Then, take the item to a professional cleaner or launderer. The best chance to try and avoid permanent staining is early removal by a professional.
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEDICINE STAINS?
The individual who came into contact with the medicine stain and didn’t take immediate action afterwards to remove the spillage is the person who is responsible for medicine stains. After the spillage, you will begin to notice the adverse discoloration appearing. Unfortunately, the spillage or contact is not always known or has easily been forgotten. This is especially if the dry reside is invisible prior to oxidation from age or cleaning. At any rate, there are no such chemicals used in any cleaning process that could cause medicine stains.
IS THERE A REMEDY FOR THIS TYPE OF STAINING?
Once such medicinal residue discolors to such as objectionable degree, dry cleaning or laundering have little to no effect in the removal process. In some cases, depending on the staining chemicals and fabric type and color, you can refer to and use medicine stain removal agents or even special bleaches to reduce these stains.
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