I have a commercial account with a paintball company. However, I’m having trouble removing the odor of the oil-based paint from the towels. Do you have any suggestions?

Most of the paintballs used today are not oil-based. Some manufacturers use vegetable oil, but most of the paintballs are strictly a fabric softener or a corn-based type of product.

As a result, I would ask the person who purchased the paintballs who the manufacturer is. Next, you should call the manufacturer, who can let you know which type of paintball product they use. Again, some of them use fabric softener and others use a vegetable oil type of product.

If you find that the paintballs are of a vegetable oil type of composition, I would buy a product called Laundry Wetspo from your local laundry supplier. Of course, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when using such a product.

If you discover that the paintballs are either fabric softener or corn-based, the best way is to wash the towels is in hot water with about eight ounces of ammonia and detergent. Certainly, you might have to repeat this process two or three times, depending on how long the paintball stains have been on the items.

I have a commercial account that sends me 100 percent polyester tablecloths – and those tablecloths are wreaking havoc with my dryers. The burners go off and on constantly, and I suspect it’s due to the static electricity. I’ve tried drying the tablecloths in three different dryers, and the same thing happened with all three. However, my dryers work fine otherwise.

How can I negate the static electricity? I’ve used Downy and dryer sheets, but they didn’t help.

In general, the dryer sheets – if you use enough of them – will eliminate any static electricity. Therefore, I would check to be sure that your dryers are well grounded. If the dryers are not grounded, that’s likely what’s causing your problems.

Check for a loose ground wire. And, if the dryers are indeed properly grounded, dryer sheets should do the job.

Some of my customers recently alerted me to the fact that yellow marks have appeared on their laundry after washing in my large-capacity washers. The stains look like bleach marks, but they are bright yellow. I have tried to remove them with various stain removers – but with no luck. Do you have any idea how they may have gotten there and how to remove them?

Yellow marks can indicate any of a variety of stains. A lot of things can create yellow stains. One of the more common reasons are tannins, which might be coffee, tea or beverage stains that turn yellow after being washed. In such cases, you would need a tannin remover, which you can purchase from your local distributor.

In addition, oil or grease stains can sometimes come out looking yellow after being washed, so you can try a grease remover as well.

However, I would first try soaking the stained item in a non-chlorine bleach compound for about two to three hours, and then process it through a normal wash cycle.

Again, yellow stains can be almost anything. But, more than likely, they are one of those two – tannin or grease stains.

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