Fabrics Decoded

Despite dealing with laundry time and time again, nothing can completely prepare you when it comes to dealing with an extremely tough stain, irrespective of the fabric. Let us look at different types of fabrics:

Natural Fibres


Cotton is considered as the most common type of fabric. It is majorly used to produce children’s clothes and bedding as it is soft and easy on the skin. Cotton is really efficient when it comes to keeping the heat in during winters and keeping the heat out during summers (in case of a plain white t-shirt, go with SPF seven)

Cotton is extremely easy to wash – you should check the laundry label before you wash but they can generally be washed in a washing machine, and in case you have any stain on a cotton clothing item, Vanish is absolutely safe to be used on cotton clothes and extremely efficient at removing stains.

Mix Vanish Liquid Stain Remover with warm water and treat the stained area directly, rinse and wash as mentioned on the garments care label; this would certainly help in removing the stain. However, if you want to take extra care, you could also slip in an extra scoop into your washing machine with your regular detergent.


Delicate garments like silk have a different make up when compared with garments like polyester, and they tend to react differently when treated with stain removal products and during washing. This is the exact reason we keep on stressing on the importance of reading garment care labels before you attempt to remove stains. In case of silk items, detergent alone might fail in lifting the stains, but with Vanish liquid you can get rid of the stains with ease.


Linen clothes are made out of natural fibre manufactured from the flax plant stem and is a soft material in general. As in the case of softer cottons, even linen get damaged if spun too strongly in the washing machine. The longer a stain settles on your clothes the more difficult it becomes for you to remove so, especially in case of more delicate fabrics, it is advised that you try and remove the stain as soon as possible.


Before you treat stains on wool, make sure that you read the product instructions as certain stain removal products can be too harsh making the wool fibres shrink. As with linen, woollen clothes tend to get stretched and deformed in a washing machine if you don’t take proper care.

Man-Made Fibres


The term Nylon is derived by combining New York and London. It is a synthetic fibre that is extensively used in making clothes, sheets and covers and happens to be more durable than natural fibres. Moreover, fabrics made out of Nylon are easy to maintain as they get clean and dry without the need of much effort.


Polyester as a fabric is widely used as it does not become creased as quickly when compared to other fabrics – it is an extremely durable material but at the same time, it feels soft on the skin. It is usually mixed with other natural fibres as a ‘blended fabric’.

Polyester can be cleaned easily, so you don’t have to think twice before throwing it in the washing machine. If you realize that you have a tough stain to get rid of then you can always combine a pre-treatment (or soaking) with Vanish Liquid and wash regularly adding 1 more scoop of Vanish


Even though denim is derived from cotton, it is still technically a man-made fabric. The weft is moved through two or more warp fibres to create the common diagonal ribbing you generally notice on clothing items like jeans and jackets.

Denim is widely adored all across the globe because of its durability and comfort. Denim is one of the most fashionable and practical fabrics that is available in the market currently.


Putting fabrics away from other clothes while washing will ensure that they are on the correct wash and at the same time reduce the chances of clothes transferring colour on to them.

Items that are considered as delicate come with a ‘handwashing’ symbol on the label. In such situations, you can check whether you washing machine has an option dedicated for delicate clothes.

It is vital for you to follow the instructions on the label as it gives you more information on what certain care symbols mean.


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