Getting rid of Cardboard stains on new sheets

jockewingFebruary 21, 2014

I don't know if any of you have been following the 'percale sheet' threads on the Home Decorating forum, but I really love the feel of the old fashioned percale sheets.

I found a set from Peacock Alley at Tuesday Morning that I really like in a great soft aqua green. Trouble is, I washed them before using and I didn't realize one of those pieces of cardboard packing was still inside of the sheets when I put them in the washing machine. So now, one of the pillowcases has these little brown cardboard stains everywhere that I can't get out!

I noticed this before drying them, which is at least a plus, I guess. But I rewashed the pillowcase 3 times which did not remove the stain. I applied Shout and let it sit overnight which did not work. I rubbed Zote soap into the stains and then I soaked overnight in the sink in hot water with Zote soap and Oxiclean. The stains have gotten less noticeable but they are still there.

Any recommendations to get rid of the stains completely?

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dave1812

are they white sheets per chance?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 11:11AM
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jockewing

No the sheets are a soft aqua. So I can't try bleach.

However, today is a gorgeous cool sunny day.

Would drying outside in the sun help naturally bleach out the stains?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 11:56AM
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georgect

If sheets are "colorfast"...
You actually can use bleach on colors (l've done it successfully),
You just can't use too much and you need to dilute it before the clothes are added.

If your using an old fashioned top loader, fill it with water with no sheets (warm or cool), add 1/4 cup bleach and let agitate a minute, then add sheets and let run through a short cycle (9-6 minutes) with normal agitation.

You don't need to use detergent for either method.

If using a HE top loader or front loader (if you can) let machine fill with warm or cool water, pause machine, add 1-2 teaspoons of bleach to water, let agitate a minute, pause, then add sheets and run through short cycle.

I've done this with black dockers to kill a musty smell and it worked with no issue.

Just don't let bleach come in contact with sheets, it must be diluted first.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 12:31PM
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jockewing

No the sheets are a soft aqua. So I can't try bleach.

However, today is a gorgeous cool sunny day.

Would drying outside in the sun help naturally bleach out the stains?

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 12:57PM
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dave1812

I used a very moderate concentration of bleach (soaking the entire shirt in our old top loader washer) on a favorite beige shirt that somehow got a vivid green stain on it (seems my wife messed up during the previous washing) and after soaking for an hour it was still there, so i put it back into the bleach/water for another hour and the stain was still prominent. Since the shirt was unwearable with the stain, I figured what the heck, and left the shirt to soak for a total of around six HOURS and lo and behold the stain was gone and the beige shirt remained virtually unchanged in color. Not only that, but the fabric (knit) wasn't damaged at all.

Not saying that you will be so lucky, but your options are limited at this point.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 1:04PM
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dave1812

actually u have another option. return the sheets since the packaging was the issue. if they had used something that couldn't transfer color if one accidentally left it with the sheets during the first wash none of this would have happened. i wouldn't be bashful about asking for an exchange.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 1:58PM
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georgect

dave1812 wait a minute...

Are you saying the store has to eat the loss of the sheets because the user didn't totally check the sheets that they physically took out of the package and put into the washer (with the cardboard)?
How is that the stores fault? It's not even the sheet manufactures fault.

Either the user has to deal with the cardboard stuck/stained and try to fix it or go out and get another set of sheets and NOT make the same mistake again (at their own cost).

It WAS a mistake on the CUSTOMERS end nobody elses.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 2:35AM
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rococogurl

Hot water will set a stain. So if you soaked first in hot water that's likely why the stains aren't coming out.

I would use the sheet as is. Each time, before washing, soak the stained sheet overnight with Oxiclean in COLD water. Then wash.

Over time it may help remove the stains. Chlorine bleach will very likely remove the color. I don't know what someone is thinking when they suggest soaking aqua sheets in chlorine bleach. It's like 1922.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 8:18AM
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georgect

@dave1812

I'm not on my high horse (it's knowing where to draw the line).

It's one thing when manufactures make big mistakes and expect you (the consumer) to "deal" with your decision to purchase their products and do nothing about it when a product fails due to manufacturing or defective parts.

But it's another when an honest mistake is made by the consumer that looks to point fingers at everyone else and expects everyone else to compensate for their own error.

My mother raised me to be responsible for the errors of my ways and not hold someone else responsible.

I'm sure either the store or manufacture would "be happy" (not really) to reimburse or replace the sheets because this is unfortunately the world we live in now.
Where people think everything is someone else's fault.
When in fact we are sick of dealing with you and the complaining and just want you out of the store.

Personally I would suck it up and chalk it up to a lesson learned and not make that mistake again.

That is what jockewing is doing here, trying to get legitimate help on removing a stain they accidentally caused.
Jockewing isn't looking for a hand out but a solution.

By the way jockewing, has the staining lightened up any?

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:39AM
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