This September has been big for us as a family, not only did Freddie start school but I have also been introduced into the woes and ways of school uniform. Don’t get me wrong, I love how smart Freddie looks in his little maroon ensemble, but that tends to last all of ten minutes in between dropping him off and him going in the classroom.
He is such a mucky pup in general, his crisp white polo tops and deep red jumpers have so far been christened with
- Baked bean juice
- felt tip pen
I would also like to add that these are the ones that I can identify. I know. Gross isn’t it.On his first day of school he looked absolutely Stirling. This was to be the anomaly, not the norm.
I collect him today and this is how we make our way home. (Mud, models own)
I have always found it difficult keeping the colours vivid and bright when they have been heavily stained as I find that the washing temperature I need to get the stains out really dulls them over time and of course now Freddie isn’t at nursery, I don’t have the luxury of putting what ever I want on him if he gets grubby the previous day. This means I’m faced with the fact of buying new uniform, a lot quicker because it’s faded trying to keep it clean! How annoying.
The main problem areas I find are Freddie’s sleeves (portable face wipers) and the tops of his trousers or front of his jumper where he just wipes down his hands. Team this with the stain being left most of the day, rather than me whipping them straight in the machine, this is where they can be difficult to get out, especially grass and tomato stains. I know that deep down they are a sign of a tasty lunch, a wild imaginative game at play time or a full on Piccaso moment in art time, so I don’t really want the stains to stop.. just be easier to remove!
I have been sent some ACE products to tackle these stains. I have used ACE bleach before for my husband’s cricket whites – to keep them match ready. ACE is there to clean gently but efficiently – I’ll try anything for an easy life, especially when it comes to the laundry! ACE loves to tackle stains such as food, grease, outdoors, trapped dirt, body soils, drinks, cosmetics, vegetable oils. So I put it to the test.
I deal with stains in different ways. If it happens there and then or is an easy stain to remove, then I just give a squirt with the ACE trigger spray and throw it in for a wash cycle.
If it’s a more stubborn stain or really dried in then I wet the stain under the hot tap so it’s saturated, spray on the ACE trigger spray (both sides) and let it work it’s magic for about ten minutes before washing in my usual way.
In the wash I use ACE for Colours because I like the fact it gently gets rid of everyday “grub” aswell as pesky stains but keeps colours as bright as they should be but it also does this hygienically as well as leaving a lovely scent. Our uniform came out fresh and vibrant (and clean!) but also I knwo that I’m preserving Fred’s uniform that bit longer.
I’ve really been pleasantly surprised by our results using ACE, it’s even worked on Dexter’s dinner time delights too. Did you know you can even use ACE around the the home? We used the trigger spray on our wall because someone (Dexter) expresses his artistic side by drawing all over my wall! The spray removed it thankfully – why don’t you give ACE a go?
“This post is an entry for the BritMums #ACEforSchool Challenge, sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. http://www.acecleanuk.co.uk/ or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s.”