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How to remove dried clay stains from clothes

You can do all the preparation in the world – hand out aprons and old clothes, lay down newspaper, cover the house in plastic sheets – and your kids will still probably find a way to get clay on their clothes during a craft session. For them, it’s all part of the fun! You can relax about these inevitable messes once you know how to get clay out of clothes easily, so here’s the trick!

How to remove clay stains from clothes – even after they’ve dried

The easiest clay stain removal method is to treat the fabric with a little bit of laundry detergent or stain remover. 

  1. Leave the clay to dry. Yes, that’s right – put your feet up for a bit.
  2. Use a spoon to scrape off the dried clay, being careful not to spread it around or push it deeper into the fabric.
  3. Dab a little OMO Ultimate Liquid onto the clay stain. Let it work on the fabric for up to 30 minutes.
  4. Wash as recommended on the care label, then check for marks. You may need to repeat the pre-treatment and wash the garment again if you’re trying to remove clay stains that have been really ground in.

Hint: It’s best to read the labels on stain removal products before you put them to work. If you’re not sure whether a product is suitable, you can always test it on a hidden area of the garment before tackling the stain itself.

How to remove clay stains from items that can’t be washed

Messy craft materials tend to go everywhere, and clay is no exception. If you need know how to remove clay stains from your sofa, rug, carpet, or any another item you can’t just throw in the washing machine, these steps should help:

  1. Mix 500 ml of water with 250 ml of white vinegar.
  2. Use a sponge or a clean cloth to apply the solution, gently rubbing it in. 
  3. Allow the solution to soak into the stain for 10 minutes.
  4. Wipe the stain gently. If it hasn’t disappeared, repeat the steps above.
  5. Blot the stain with a damp cloth to rinse out the vinegar solution.

Again, try this method on a less-conspicuous part of the stained material first to make sure it is suitable.

How to get modelling clay off surfaces

Modelling clay tends not to cling to fabric, thankfully. However, it can latch on to hard surfaces and plastic items. To remove modelling clay from these surfaces, apply a little washing-up liquid and then wipe it off using a wet cloth. 

Now that you know how to remove clay stains from clothes, you can let your little ones really unleash their creativity! Don’t worry about the clean-up: we’re here to help you.

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