Stain Removal Guide
Tips for Safe Stain Removal:
- Always test material in an inconspicuous place before embarking on stain removal procedure.
- Always refer to Special Treatments list when using recommended stain removal procedure.
- If unsure of stain removal procedure, consult your dry cleaner.
- Use whichever stain removal procedure works and dont do anymore. If one works, stop there!
Many stains will fall into the categories of Greasy Stains, Non-Greasy Stains or Combination Greasy and Non-Greasy Stains.
These stains are as follows:
- Greasy Stains Butter and Margarine, Cooing Oil, Grease, Bacon Fat, Vaseline, Wax, Floor and Furniture Polish, Salad Oil and Oil Based Medicines
- Non-Greasy Stains Candy, Carrot, Catsup, Chili Sauce, Cocoa, Casein Glue, Fish Slime, Fruit and Berry, Milk, Mud, Soft Drinks, Beer, Tobacco, Tomato Juice, Vegetables, Food Coloring, Bluing, Dyes, Vomit and Mucous
- Combination Greasy and Non-Greasy Stains Chocolate, Syrup, Ice Cream, Mayonnaise, Salad Dressings, Sauces, Soups, Syrup Based Medicines
Wetspotter Stain Remover (will remove most types of stains)
Place the following in a plastic squeeze bottle: 1 part glycerin, 1 part liquid dishwashing detergent and 8 parts water. Shake well before using.
Grease Spots on Carpets or Rugs:
Remove by rubbing spot with clean cloth slightly dampened with grease solvent. Rub over outer edges with dry cloth as spotted area dries to prevent formation of ring. If possible, place dry towel under rug to avoid solvent touching wood floors.
Help Your Cleaner:
Any particular spot or stain on your clothing or articles to be cleaned should be pointed out and the stain identified to help your cleaner do his or her best job. Stains can be pinpointed by a piece of paper pinned to the stain identifying the agent causing the stain.
Acids often change colors on fabrics that contain dyes. If acid spills on fabric, rinse immediately with cold water before acid can dry. Rinse again with water and ammonia to neutralize any remaining acid. For acid spills on non-washable fabrics, hold stain over open bottle of ammonia to neutralize. If color changes, sponge with 1 part vinegar and 1 part water.
Silk and wool are especially sensitive to alkalies. Rinse or sponge stain immediately, using cold water. If color changes, apply white vinegar or lemon juice to area and rinse. Strong alkalies will damage fabrics unless they are promptly rinsed off.