It always seems to happen at the worst time during a hectic morning. You’re already late for an important appointment. You look down and there’s a big stain smack-dab in the middle of your blouse. What do you do? Here are the truths about some of the most popular last minute stain removal solutions.
Use milk to remove ink
Contrary to popular belief, ink is not a hard stain to remove. Trying to use milk to clean your garment may actually be more damaging than the initial stain. Milk, an albuminous substance, will set in fabrics and become untreatable. Do not use milk as a stain remover.
Nail polish remover to treat makeup
Nail polish remover, an acetone based product, will dissolve certain fabrics. It’s best to err on the side of caution and never use nail polish remover as a stain treater.
Ice for chewing gum removal
You might find that freezing gum stains and picking off sticky residue will work…sometimes. However, it can also easily damage the fabric fibers. Using a proper dry cleaning solvent is a much safer remedy to remove gum stains.
Ironing to remove wax
Ironing to remove wax is an easy way to damage synthetic fibers. Don’t take the risk. Bring your garment to a dry cleaner, where a reliable solvent will easily remove your stain.
Soap and water are reliable, right?
No! The process of using soap and water to remove your stains will often rub holes in fabrics. Soap and water can even prevent a stain from being properly removed. The alkali nature of this mixture will oxidize with the most common stains, like coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
When in doubt, the best solution is simple:
Bring your garments in to Sandy’s Cleaners, and we will be sure to take the best quality care of all your items! Now with seven locations throughout Charleston, Goose Creek, Summerville and Daniel Island, we are truly your neighborhood dry cleaner, and would be happy to service your clothing, rugs, draperies and more! Give us a call today: (843) 797-8411.