How to Remove Fake Tan, Make Up and Sun Cream Stains from Clothes

How to Remove Fake Tan, Make Up and Sun Cream Stains from Clothes

Expert Tips

Our expert tips will help you remove fake tan, make up and sun cream stains from clothes and textiles. As a result leaving you with fresh, clean laundry.

Removing greasy fake tan, make up and sun cream stains can be tricky. To help you we have put together a simple guide to removing these annoying greasy stains.

Your best chance of removing greasy fake tan, make-up and sun cream stains is when they are fresh. Moreover, stains become fixed in to fabrics after washing and tumble drying.

Use a Laundry Emulsifier for Best Results

Use a laundry emulsifier to remove greasy fake tan, make-up and sun cream stains from clothes and textiles. Add approximately 5 to 10ml of a good laundry emulsifier per kg dry fabric weight to your wash. Adjust the dosage depending on the level of staining.

For best results add the laundry emulsifier at the start of a pre-wash cycle with a low temperature below 30 degrees Celsius. This allows the emulsifier to break down the greasy stain before the main hot wash fixes it in to the fabric.

If you are washing a lot of fake tan, make up and sun cream stained textiles, such as hotel linen or spa towels, it is recommended to use a pre-wash cycle.

Use a Good Laundry Detergent

A good laundry detergent will also help breakdown fake tan and sun cream stains from clothes.

Use a biological washing powder in lower wash temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius. Biological washing powders contain enzymes which help break down stains at lower temperatures.

Use a non-biological washing powder in hotter wash temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius. Non-biological washing powders contain more oxidising bleach for powerful stain removal on both white and coloured fabrics. As a result in hotter washes non-biological powders can be very effective at removing a wide range of stains.

Pre-treating Fake Tan, Make Up and Sun Cream Stains for Best Laundry Results!

To remove stubborn fake tan, make up, sunscreen or suncream stains you may need to pre-treat the stain using a concentrated spotter.

Only use a spotter that is designed specifically to remove oil and greasy based stains.

Always do a hem test first before applying a concentrated spotter to a textile, particularly delicate fabrics.

A hem test is where a few drops of the spotter are applied to the hem. If there is any colour lift on the hem do not apply the spotter to any other areas of the garment.

Recommended Products for Removing Fake Tan, Make Up and Sun Cream Stains

Our recommended products for removing fake tan, make up and sun cream stains from clothes and textiles are:

Emulsifier – Use our best selling Laundry Emulsifier 20 litres.

Biological Washing Powder – Use our Seikomat Professional 15kg biological washing powder, with powerful stain removal properties in wash temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius and higher.

Non-Biological Washing Powder – Use our Laundry Destaining Powder Saponmatic Hygiene 20kg non-biological washing powder, with very powerful stain removal properties in wash temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius and higher.

Concentrated Spotter – Use our Oldopal Quick 10kg to pre-treat fake tan and suncream stains. Simply dilute Oldopal Quick with 3 to 4 parts water and then gently brush on to stained area. In addition, let the solution react for a few minutes and then wash as normal.

Oldopal Quick is simply brilliant at dissolving fake tan, make up and sun cream stains. It can also be applied by experienced professionals on to delicate items such as dresses.