How to Use Tide To Go Pen

How to Use a Tide To Go Pen to Remove Stains At Home

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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According to Tide, 72 percent of stains are caused by food and drinks, which is exactly why the pen was created. While it may seem like a simple pen to use, proper use is recommended to achieve the best result. As a result, it is important to learn how to use a Tide To Go Pen.

The Tide to Go pen is specially formulated to effectively treat many fresh food items and drink stains on clothing. It is designed as a small pen that comfortably fits in the pocket or purse, making it easy to carry around you may need it. Furthermore, using this convenient stain remover pen is pretty easy!

What is a Tide To Go?

Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover 3 Count
  • Instantly removes many fresh food and drink stains.
  • Portable
  • Works well on tomato juice, ketchup, BBQ sauce, grape juice,...
  • No mess, nothing to throw away, nothing to get on hands, etc.

Tide to Go is a stain-removal pen from Tide that works quickly to remove a variety of fresh food and drink stains. It's a highlighter-like stain remover that's portable, detergent-based, and removes ordinary stains without the need for washing or rinsing.

Hydrogen peroxide is the main ingredient in this product. This substance breaks down the molecular structure of the pigments in the food, thereby removing the color and stain. In a nutshell, hydrogen peroxide targets color-producing molecules (also known as chromophores) and dissolves them, enabling the stain to fade.

Other ingredients used on the Tide To Go instant stain remover pen include various surfactants and detergents that grab stain molecules to assist draw them from the fabric, as well as water, which activates the surfactants and helps them swoosh off spots.

Furthermore, magnesium sulfate, often known as Epsom salt, aids in the speedy drying of the region. The Tide pen works best on stains like bbq sauce, tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato juice, grape juice, coffee, wine, and many fresh food items and less so on protein stains like blood or grass.

While most laundry stain removers are designed for use at home, the Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover is made to be portable. A microfibre tip on this pen delivers a powerful cleaning solution. To lift and absorb stains, brush the tip across the stain like an eraser after applying the solution.

Is it Safe to Use on All Types of Fabrics?

Tide To Go is safe to use on white and colored clothing because it does not include bleach. According to Tide, the pen is safe to use on most fabrics, including those that must be dry cleaned. Test it on an inseam for colorfastness if you're unsure about using it on particular textiles.

How to Use a Tide To Go Pen As a Stain Remover

1. Testing

Test the pen on a piece of fabric that isn't visible. Check to see if the solution in a Tide to Go pen will harm the fabric of your outfit. Test it on another little patch of cloth that is not immediately apparent on your outfit before applying it to your food or drink stain.

To test the pen, here are the steps you should follow;

1. Remove the cap and push the tip firmly against the area you wish to test until a little amount of solution comes out.

2. Rub the stain with the pen tip, then wait several minutes until the solution has mostly dried on the fabric.

Most items labeled as colorfast machine-washable or dry-cleanable should be safe to use with the Tide to Go pen. However, some textiles may be more prone to color shifts or other negative effects, so it's crucial to conduct this test first.

2. Remove Any Excess Residue from the Spill

Gently dab or wipe away any extra materials from a food stain, such as tomato juice, thick sauce, chocolate syrup, or crumbly food item. While doing so, take care not to extend the stain any farther than it already is.

Typically, the best technique to remove excess is to place an absorbent paper towel or napkin right on the stain and remove it upward. Alternatively, use a spoon or knife to scrape off the excess. Avoid rubbing or swiping the stain, as this could spread it and make it worse.

Stain on a Shirt

Tide to Go Pen works best for food and drink messes and does not work as well or at all on removing blood stains, grease stains, ink stains, grass stains, and paint.

Use your Tide to Go pen until the solution runs out. Continue to use the same Tide to Go pen to remove new stains until the solution runs out. The typical Tide to Go Pen size of 10 ml (0.338 fl oz.) will last approximately 10-20 uses. This instant stain remover can be stored at room temperature. Dispose of the product in a dump according to your local regulations.

If you frequently need stain removal on the go, or if you need them in multiple areas (such as your purse, car, and office), you may consider purchasing a pack of the pens. They're available in multi-packs online and in stores, and they're generally cheaper than buying them individually.

3. Squeeze the Pen’s Tip to Remove the Stain Remover Solution

Uncap the pen and press the tip on the stain-affected region of the fabric until enough solution comes out to cover the stain.

Typically, a couple of fast presses with the tip is enough to release enough solution. You don't need to press down all the time. Instead of pressing the tip down at an angle as if you were writing or rubbing the stain with the tip, press it straight down.

The tip of the pen should really push into the pen, releasing the solution.

4. Rub the Released Solution Around the Stained Area

After squeezing the tip down to release the solution, massage the stain gently with the pen tip. The stain is absorbed and picked up by the microfiber cloth tip.

Rub the stain remover until the stain begins to fade or disappears completely. Make sure you're getting enough solution, gently rubbing the stain with the tip over all surfaces.

If required, squeeze the tip again to add more solution. Before rubbing, lightly soak each section of the soiled fabric in the solution.

5. Reapply the Solution If Need Be

Leave the fabric for a few hours to dry before checking the stain removal results. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process of releasing the solution and rub gently with the pen tip.

The Tide to Go pen is designed for stains that have developed recently and are used to swiftly pretreat a stain before it can be washed.

The stain on your garment may appear slightly discolored, show faint residue from the solution, or have a tiny odor after treatment with the instant stain remover. All of these will usually be resolved with additional washes.

6. Drying

Once finished, blot the fabric dry. If the stain has been treated with the Tide to Go pen, blot away any excess solution. You can also air-dry the clothing until you're ready to clean it properly.

Blot at the fabric gently with a dry, clean cloth, napkin, or towel. After the solution has dried, you might notice some visible residue, but this will be washed away later.

If the treated portion of your garment will be exposed to sunlight, damp cloth or napkin should be used to remove any solution residue to prevent any sun-induced lightning.

How Do You Clean Your Garment After Using the Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover Pen?

Once you're done using this instant stain remover, it is time to clean the garment. Here are the steps you should follow;

1. Treat the Stain Again (If need be)

If the Tide to Go pen doesn't remove the stain completely, try a different pretreatment stain remover before you machine-wash or dry clean your outfit. Follow the instructions on your specific stain remover product, as they may differ depending on how they should be used.

When treating the stain at home, keep in mind the type of food or drink that made the stain. For example, a greasy stain may require hot water, whereas a wine stain may require cool water.

2. Wash the Item

The garment should be washed as directed on the care tag using a laundry detergent. Pay attention to the care tips for the fabric and style of your specific item. Hand wash, machine wash, or dry clean as directed.

clothes in a washing machine

Any garment's care tag can be found along the collar, waist, or side seam. Look for the fabric content if you don't have one. Cotton and polyester, for example, are common natural and synthetic materials that may be machine washed.

Hand washing or dry cleaning is frequently required for delicate materials like silk and cashmere, as well as pieces with beaded or embroidered detail. To improve your chances of getting a stain out of a garment, wash it as soon as possible.

3. Drying The Garment

After washing your clothing, follow the care directions carefully. Avoid using heat from a dryer or iron until the stain is gone. As directed, hang, lay flat, or machine dry.

Check for any lingering stains after you've washed your outfit. If there is, use a stain remover and rewash the item. If you put it in the dryer before the stain is gone, the heat will set it in.

If you're worried about a stubborn stain, you can alter the drying directions on your garment's care tag. Drying an item by hanging it up or placing it on a towel away from direct sunlight is a better option that won't cause any damage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Tide To Go Pens

1. Does Tide to Go remove oil stains?

Tide To Go pen typically is an effective stain removal for a wide range of stains Tide can help you clean up different stains, whether you're dealing with cooking oil stains or grease from butter or margarine. When it comes to cooking oil stain removal, as well as any other type of cooking stain, Tide will restore your beloved items to their original state.

2. Is the Tide to Go Pen easy to use?

This pen is easy to use and comfortable to hold. To release the cleaning solution, press down on the tip and brush it across the soiled area like an eraser. The pen's clever design reduces the risk of a spill. You won't get any of the cleaning solutions on my hands, which was a problem I had with gel formulas.

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Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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