Every single day front line workers in the medical industry come in to contact with all types of hazardous materials than can easily leave scrubs, lab coats, and shoes severely stained. In this month’s we share the best methods for getting rid of four types of stains medical professionals are all too familiar with.
Blood can be surprisingly easy to remove from scrubs when it’s addressed immediately. Two methods that have proven to be very successful in eliminating blood stains include soaking the scrubs in hydrogen peroxide or rinsing thoroughly with cold water and bath soap. Follow each of these with a normal cycle in the washing machine.
Removing permanent marker from scrubs tends to be a lengthier process. You will need rubbing alcohol and a sponge, paper towel, or another type absorbent fabric that the stain can be transferred to. Working on one stain at a time, first blot the rubbing alcohol around the stains and then directly on them. Next, press the scrubs into the sponge or towel, allowing it to absorb some of the alcohol and ink. Repeat this process until the stain is gone and follow with a cycle through the washing machine.
Although it may be tempting, don’t cry over spilled coffee! While the stain is still wet, blot as much of the coffee from your scrubs as possible. Follow this by rinsing the stain with cold water until it runs completely clear and massaging in some laundry detergent until the stain is gone. If that doesn’t work, scrub a small amount of vinegar on the stain with the detergent before giving it a proper wash through the machine.
It’s okay to cry about this one. Start by protecting yourself with a pair of disposable gloves and begin rinsing the fabric under cold water for several minutes. Next, you are going to want to soak the stain for several hours in an enzyme based laundry detergent. Finish up by running the scrubs through the washing machine on the hottest possible temperature setting.
Unfortunately for most medical professional’s disastrous stains come with the job. If you’ve managed to stain your scrubs beyond help check out Scrubs Nyack’s online store or storefront located in Nyack, NY. They supply countless front line workers with stylish scrubs, lab coats, work shoes and much more!