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myflaco
myflaco asks:
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how does the density of the material influence the results

on the stain remover experiment. the jeans t shirts and towel are all made out of cotton.
In Topics: Science fair, Helping my child with science
> 60 days ago

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laurenf
laurenf writes:
Hi myflaco,

While all 3 are made of cotton, they differ in how porous they are. A towel and tee shirt are probably a lot better at soaking up liquids (and therefore stains) than jeans are. I would suspect that jeans hide stains easier than towels and tee shirts do. Hope that helps.
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chemteacher
chemteacher writes:
The density of the material does determine how well the material absorbs a stain. The tighter the weave of the fabric, the closer the strands of cotton, and usually the more dense the material is. The colors we see in stains are also a consideration: each color has a different sized molecule. The larger the molecule, the less likely it will get inside the fabric strands and stain. Since jeans have a tight weave (and are dark in color, so they also hide the stain easier), they are less likely to absorb the larger colored molecules making them less likely to stain. A quick aside: any natural color (fruit juice, tomato stains, etc) will break down into a colorless compound in sunlight. Stain fighters work on most stuff, but for vegetable stains, sunlight works best.
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