Facial Wiping, Eye Wiping
Since Maltese are entirely white dogs (save for those with slight lemon or tan on the ears) and the hairs of the coat are soft and silky, this means that staining can occur very easily. There needs to focused upkeep on the face, or else discoloration can quickly become a problem.
Most common are issues with hairs around the mouth and chin taking on a yellowed tint. And facial hairs under and/or around the eyes taking on a pink, brown, or rust discoloration, known as tear stains.
What to do:
For maintenance, obtain quality canine wipes. These should be a good brand that is gentle yet effective, and these will be for the entire face including around the eyes. A good choice is Earthbath All Natural Specialty Eye Wipes.
It is recommended to wipe over a Maltese's face after each meal, so this will be 2 to 3 times per day.
Of course, if your Maltese is home alone during the day while you are away, you will not be there to do this grooming task. If so, wipe the face and eye area soon after you arrive back home.