Uh-oh, it happened again. You were out on Friday night, enjoying yourself, having a great time and then you spilled wine all over your favorite shirt. You know you should take it to the cleaners but you won’t be able to until Monday after work.
What should you do in the meantime? We got you! Here are some quick tips to help.
Remember, stain removal is as much a science as it is an art, so try to determine if the spill is water or oil-based. Water-based stains include coffee, wine, juice and soy sauce. Oil-based stains include food grease, WD40, car grease, and bike grease. Of course, there are also stains that are a combination of oil and water (think spaghetti sauce).
Once we can identify the source of the stain we can develop a plan for how to remove it. A dirty secret of the dry cleaning business is that we often don’t have to dry clean to remove a stain as long as we know what it is. If it’s water-based, soap and water will likely be fine. If it’s oil-based then we’ll likely have to use some dry cleaning science.
The three most important things to keep in mind when stains happen and you can’t immediately bring it in are:
1) Timing matters.
We have something we call the 72-hour rule. For most fabrics, our best shot at removing your stain is in the first 72 hours before it really sets in.
2) Keep it cool.
Heat is a stain’s best friend. Heat will really bind the stain to your garment, so keep it in a cool place. Please don’t soak it or add water. While intuitively that feels right, it actually makes the stain larger especially if it’s oil-based.
3) Schedule a Soap Box pick up asap.
If you want your clothes clean and stain-free, fast, for a price that won’t break the bank, hit us up. You can even schedule a pick up from your phone and we’ll send you a text letting you know when your clothes are heading back to you.
I hope this was useful to you, until next time, keep it clean.