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Andy, Will It Work? SPEC-TAK wonder detergent follow-up

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(WMC) - ANDY, WILL IT WORK? SPEC-TAK wonder detergent = DONT BUY (for household washers)

The folks behind SPEC-TAK wonder detergent will tell you it's safe for household washers, but it's not marketed for household washers.

Its clients are schools, universities, and teams. The detergent is manufactured as a "de-stainer" for work and sports uniforms.

But Jill Scott, baseball mom and booster for St. George Independent School's Gryphons high school baseball team (Collierville campus), had hoped to see it clean at least a little differently than consumer-grade laundry detergent.

That didn't happen, either in our follow-up or in our original test of SPEC-TAK.

After our original test, a SPEC-TAK spokesperson told us she feared the sample we received may have been a dud.

So this time, she provided us a fresh 55-lb bag of the detergent and dispatched the company's Arkansas territory manager Greg McMahen to Scott's house.

Two freshly-dirtied baseball uniforms: one, we washed in regular detergent in a hot water, heavy-duty cycle.

It was still dirty after the wash.

Then we washed the other with three scoops of SPEC-TAK in a hot water, heavy-duty cycle, as McMahen directed.

It was still dirty after the wash.

"We need to soak these for a while," McMahen said. "Not all stains come right out. So we'll soak for three or four hours and then wash it again and see what kind of result we get."

At McMahen's direction, we soaked the uniform already washed in SPEC-TAK for three-and-a-half hours in a hot water bath of the detergent. Scott followed the soaking with yet another wash cycle of the detergent.

We still could not see any discernible difference between the uniform washed with regular detergent and the uniform soaked and washed with SPEC-TAK.

"Not for all the trouble that it was worth," Scott said.

McMahen said he wasn't surprised. He said the uniforms were pretty soiled (just a single game's worth of dirt), and again, SPEC-TAK's clients typically wash with industrial-strength, commercial-style washers.

"Some do use home-style washers," he said. "In most cases, (they're) using commercial machines, warmer water and our ability to get the stains out by using other chemicals also. Sometimes, you do get the good results. Sometimes, you don't."

"It can't 'sometimes' be clean and 'sometimes' still look filthy," said Scott. "So, no."

SPEC-TAK wonder detergent is a DON'T BUY for household washers.

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