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View Poll Results: What do you do with stained school uniform?
Just wash and wear them 21 67.74%
Buy new branded stuff each time 1 3.23%
Buy cheaper plain stuff 6 19.35%
Other 3 9.68%
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Old May 28th, 2017, 03:03 AM   1
lau86
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Poll: stained school clothes


Both boys wear a white polo shirt to school. They only wear the proper school ones with the logo at the moment. I'm having terrible trouble getting the stains out, the shirts are regularly soaking in vanish over night. A lot of them are faint food stains but some are small black pen stains/ mud.
So, I'm just doing a poll to see what others do



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 04:36 AM   2
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I guess it depends on how bad the stains are. Small stains wash and wear. Big stains, probably not.
I would buy cheaper plain shirts if other kids at school wore them, I wouldn't if it meant my child would be the only one without the logo.
Not sure what's in vanish, but I soak my whites in oxy powder before washing on a 40 wash and 90% of the time this gets rid of mud and food stains. Pasta sauce stains take 2 washes I seem to find.



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 05:52 AM   3
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Some are small some are quite noticeable! I just bought him a new PE t shirt and guess what ? Stained!! If I thought the new ones would stay nice I would 100% buy more. I worry people will judge but I don't want to waste good money



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 06:29 AM   4
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Ours wear red polo shirts and some of them have a few small black blotches from markers. I have done my best to get them out and they are fading but yes I send them with those. If the stains were really large and very noticeable then I would not reuse the shirts. I don't think I would buy the cheaper generic uniform stuff unless lots of other kid wore them too.



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 06:37 AM   5
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Where we are, most kids end up wearing generic t-shirts as the year goes on. Personally that's what I'd do.

As another option, our local uniform shops often sell school badges. Is your school badge one that is possible to do this way and sew on yourself? I know my local primary school can't be but most of the other schools with more complex badges can be. That way the badge could be reused if possible?



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 09:15 AM   6
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I use a bleach spray on white shirts and polo tops and that removes 99% of the stains. Fairy liquid rubbed in and left to soak works well too. I find Vanish and most other stain removers to be useless tbh.



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 11:12 AM   7
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I use a bleach spray on white shirts and polo tops and that removes 99% of the stains. Fairy liquid rubbed in and left to soak works well too. I find Vanish and most other stain removers to be useless tbh.
That's a great tip!



 
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Old May 28th, 2017, 13:38 PM   8
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I just get rid and buy new ones. Saying that, Paiges uniform has lasted her the full year and I haven't had to buy anything at all! Her school uniform isn't particularly expensive anyway as nothing has a badge on it (she wears a shirt and tie, and I buy from Next and Asda for everything apart from shoes/bag) so replacing a shirt isn't too costly.



 
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Old May 29th, 2017, 04:52 AM   9
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It's really hard isn't it.

I wouldn't send to school in stained shirts... kids are bullied so easily these days! I chose "other" because I don't just replace them will nilly - food stains etc come out - put some stain devils or something on before the wash or a bleach spray (if white) then wash as normal with Ariel 3 in 1 with a colour catcher sheet - not on a hot wash as heat will grey the shirts and set stains. Then if still faintly marked place the stained area directly on a sunny window for a day and it will fade it away. Always take school stuff off as soon as DD comes home as well.

I've never had a stain that won't come out with a bit of work but if I did I would bin them.

Also reminding kids that the shirts cost money and to be careful with school dinner.

I would only buy supermarket shirts if most of the other kids wear them.



 
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Old May 29th, 2017, 05:45 AM   10
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I'm always buying new ones because my DD constantly comes home from school covered in pen. I don't know what pens they use there but it will not come out no matter what I have try. I have even scrubbed it with neat bleach and all it does it fades slightly.



 
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