How to remove clay stains

When it’s wet, clay is a malleable material that can be shaped and formed, which is why it’s a good idea to wait for the clay to dry before trying to remove clay stains on clothes. Clay doesn’t soak into the fabric fibres of your clothes like other stains, but it does stick to the surface. So, scrape off the dried bits of clay from the surface before using a washing liquid, like Ariel, which contains enzymes that will give you a much needed cleaning boost. Just follow these simple Ariel stain solutions on how to remove clay stains and you can get creative on the potter’s wheel without worrying about the laundry.

Clay Stain On Clothes

Removing clay stains

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    Place one Ariel All-in-1 POD into the bottom of your empty drum. For very tough stains, add a second POD. Always make sure to check dosage instructions on your pack.

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    Load your stained garments on top of the PODS.

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    Wash on the highest temperature as instructed by your clothes’ care labels.

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    After the wash cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the clay stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before drying in any heat. If you put the garment in a tumble dryer before the stain is completely removed it will set the stain.

Effective stain removal on many stains

Clay stain removal is a challenge, but it’s not the only arts and crafts laundry disaster out there! You might also face modelling clay stains and paint stains, so follow our stain removal tips, and remember you can see outstanding results in the first wash with Ariel.