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Got back from a lovely pootle round some local lanes the other day, put the kit through its normal wash only to find some splash marks remaining on my nice new jersey. I'm assuming they came from the cow muck that was plentiful in places, plus whatever else may have been mixed into it. After trying a few different stain removers and a further two washes, the splash marks are still visible, though fainter. 

Any tips to get that stuff out completely will be much appreciated! 

Thanks. 

(edited for typos)

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StraelGuy [1403 posts] 8 months ago
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May I refer you to Rule #5  ?

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ricardito [35 posts] 8 months ago
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StraelGuy wrote:

May I refer you to Rule #5  ?

Only if I can then refer you to Rule #53  3

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NorthEastJimmy [121 posts] 8 months ago
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I once got dirty chain grease on a brand new waterproof jacket and also could not get the stain out.  After multiple washes I'd pretty much accepted it was there to stay.  I read that WD40 can remove stains so sprayed some on, left it to soak and put it in a normal wash.  It totally removed the whole stain!

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martynshort [7 posts] 8 months ago
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I've had stains on white sections of bubs and jerseys from cows hit and sun protection oils a few times, and the stain remover setting on our washing machine tends to get them out with just the usual non-bio powder and nothing else. They're in there for a couple of hours at 30°c but it's not failed me yet!

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nniff [232 posts] 8 months ago
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"Grandma's Secret Spot Remover" is the stuff, via Google unless you get lucky. Extraordinarily good at getting rid of spots and chain oil on cycling gear (and anything else for that matter)

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dottigirl [818 posts] 8 months ago
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Good thread - wish I could bookmark it.

My tip for stinkiness is white vinegar - I've resurrected a few pieces which were bound for the bin. I usually spray it on underarms and pads, leaving it to soak for 30 mins before washing. It doesn't do much for most stains though.

 

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BehindTheBikesheds [1878 posts] 8 months ago
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Low temperature washes are rubbish for getting stains out, despite the BS about 30 and 40C being hot enough to wash your kit it's often not enough to remove stains even with the best detergent.

If it's cow shit (or pretty much most organic splashes) next time, soak it in cold water first asap, nothing else, then try a bit of oxyclean (Or other proprietary stuff) if you can get hold of some.

Worse thing to do is simply wash it as this can often 'set' the stain into the garment.

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madcarew [688 posts] 8 months ago
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Really good for getting most stains out (provided it hasn't been cooked in to place first:

In a bucket put one scoop (normal amount for a load of washing) and hafl fill with hot water direct from tap (about 60deg). Add 1 measure of sard, or oxyclean or similar. Put your jersey in to soak for an hour or so (I don' think the time is that important) and then put through your normal wash. This gets most things including grease out. NB, WD40 will get grease / oil based stains out, but generally not organic based ones. 

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Duncann [1320 posts] 8 months ago
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Like WD40, white spirit is good for oily marks, maybe less so in this case.

White vinegar, perhaps in conjunction with baking soda, can be good for other grimy marks.

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barbarus [531 posts] 8 months ago
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Don't worry, people don't really care what you look like out on the road. Online it's a different story. You will need to carefully Photoshop any stains out of social media photographs.

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SingleSpeed [429 posts] 8 months ago
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barbarus wrote:

Don't worry, people don't really care what you look like out on the road. Online it's a different story. You will need to carefully Photoshop any stains out of social media photographs.

 

Absolutley...Mostly it's the Rapha lot with bikes above their ability that complain about such things...Or indeed quote these "Rules".

I've got lots of white kit that is now mostly grey. It's Lycra get over it,  fuck it smash in at 60 with everything else nothing bad will happen, make it smell nice.

If you're taking photgraphs of yourself and stopping for coffee breaks you're doing it wrong

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ricardito [35 posts] 8 months ago
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Just an update for anyone interested...

I've taken to using the longest normal 40 degree cycle, with my usual non bio detergent, but adding two types of Vanish stain removers (stick and powder), only because they happened to be in the house. I could probably dial back on the stain removers (one at most), but as it's not hurting to use them, I've carried on. Anyway, that lot seems to be doing the job. 

Thanks for all the suggestions.

PS stopping for coffee is wrong? Now there's a "rule" worth ignoring 

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Rapha Nadal [834 posts] 8 months ago
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SingleSpeed wrote:
barbarus wrote:

Don't worry, people don't really care what you look like out on the road. Online it's a different story. You will need to carefully Photoshop any stains out of social media photographs.

 

Absolutley...Mostly it's the Rapha lot with bikes above their ability that complain about such things...Or indeed quote these "Rules".

I've got lots of white kit that is now mostly grey. It's Lycra get over it,  fuck it smash in at 60 with everything else nothing bad will happen, make it smell nice.

If you're taking photgraphs of yourself and stopping for coffee breaks you're doing it wrong

Hey look! It's "that guy".