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Which helps remove stains more: cold water or warm water?

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Different stains require different temperatures for optimal removal. So for example, if you are trying to remove a blood stain you must use cool/cold water, because hot water will just cook the blood and cause it to set firmly. Same with grease...cold water and soap will remove it, hot water will cause it to set.

But, if you have a berry stain, then stretch the cloth over a bowl and pour boiling water onto the stain from about a foot above. That takes out the berry stain quickly!

And, you can get books of household hints, like HINTS FROM HELOISE, that tell you the different things to use to remove the various stains and the temperatures.

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warm!

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Stain Removal Rule #5 Avoid using heat. Don't use hot water on stains, don't dry stained articles with heat, and never iron stained fabrics. Heat can make a stain impossible to remove. (Heat, however, is used to remove wax from certain fibers.)
http://home.howstuffworks.com/how-to-remove-stains-and-spots1.htm

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Every body knows it's Cold water

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It depends on the stain. If your trying to get along the lines of a grease, oil, etc... type stain out you would use hot water! Most any other kind of stain would best come out using cold water. No matter how you go about removing any stain. Always remember NOT to dry with heat until the stain comes out. If a stain doesn't come out the first time washing...? Let air dry, pre treat stain, wash then repeat as many times as it takes to get stain out; good luck!

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