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Removing stains

Please remember to treat stains immediately. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. Before attempting to remove stains from school uniforms, please remember to read and follow Hambours care instructions and any warnings on the garment label.

If the stain is on a non-washable fabric, you need to consult your dry cleaner as soon as possible.

 Glue Stick

  1. Scrape off as much glue as possible with a spoon or dull knife.
  2. Soak the item in cold water overnight (warm water will set the glue).
  3. Rub in a small amount of liquid dish-washing detergent.
  4. Scrub the area (very gently so as to avoid damaging the fibres) with an old toothbrush. During the process be sure to keep the affected area moist.
  5. Launder the garment as usual.


  1. Using a spoon or dull knife, begin by scraping away as much of the white out as possible.
  2. Next, apply some WD-40 or Windex to both sides of the stained area and rub it in with your fingers. Allow it to set for a few minutes and then scrub the area (very gently so as to avoid damaging the fibres) with an old toothbrush. During the process be sure to keep the affected area moist. It may take a little bit of scrubbing to remove the stain entirely.
  3. Rinse the area completely with clean water.
  4. Launder garment as usual.


  1. Mix equals parts of liquid laundry detergent and white vinegar together and rub the solution into the stain.
  2. Soak the garment in cool water overnight and then wash as usual.
  3. If the stain persists, make a paste of vinegar and baking soda; and brush it into the stain with an old toothbrush.
  4. Launder garment as usual.


  1. With an ink stain it is important to treat the stain as soon as possible for best results.
  2. Spray the stain liberally with aerosol hairspray. Cheaper brands work best as they contain the most alcohol. Pump hairspray will not work, you must use an aerosol for the method to be effective.
  3. Allow the liquid to sit on the stain for a short time, but do not let it dry. Hold the stained area of the garment with both hands and gently rub the fabric against itself to work the hair spray in.
  4. Immediately wash the garment as usual with laundry detergent.
  5. If the stain has not disappeared after washing, do not put in the dryer. Allow to air dry and repeat steps 1-4.
  6. Launder garment as usual.


Chewing Gum      

  1. Remove as much excess gum as possible.
  2. Hold an ice cube on the gum until it is hard. If possible, leave the garment in the freezer for a few minutes until the gum has hardened.
  3. Scrape off the remaining chewing gum.
  4. Launder garment as per care label.



If for any unfortunate reason your garment is damaged in the process of following our Tips for Removing Stains, Hambours does not accept any responsibility or liability for the damages. If you are not sure whether to try the tips on your uniforms, please contact us for more information as individual circumstances vary.

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