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This would be considered kibus (laundering) on shabbos, and hence forbidden. But is it considered laundering in the 9 days?

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  • I once had a surface stain on my shirt and asked the Rosh Kollel if I could scratch it off and he said definitely. Not sure about scrubbing or rinsing.
    – robev
    Aug 2 at 5:24

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Dinonline says that it is allowed:

Yes, you can spot clean during the nine days. If that won’t work for you, you can also put a pair of (freshly-laundered) pants on a dirty floor, and stamp on it until it no longer has a fresh feel to it, and then wear it.

Italic comment is mine to express what the author means.

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