Dry cleaning is an effective stain removal method—especially when all else fails. We all know that stains require a prompt treatment; otherwise, they set-in and become incredibly hard to remove. But does that mean that you need to run to the dry cleaner’s every time you spill ketchup on yourself while eating a hot dog? Probably not!
What kinds of stains do require dry cleaning? We’re glad you asked.
So let’s take a look at a few stains that mandate a trip to your local dry cleaning service.
· If you’re dealing with a tannin stain, i.e., tea, coffee, or grass and vegetables, professional dry cleaners can remove it very effectively. Remember that beverage—hot or cold—stains can be significantly tougher to remove, so seek immediate treatment.
· Oil and grease stains are almost impossible to treat at home with regular detergents. Since dry cleaning has the ability to dissolve greasy residues, it effectively removes petroleum and oil stains. Make sure that your dry cleaning company isn’t using wet cleaning methods, though, because water treatments on oily stains can tarnish the fabric.
· Sweat is a natural part of life, but its stains can be extremely distressing—not only for your social life, but for the shirt you’re wearing as well. In this case, dry cleaners can provide some much-needed relief by efficiently using protein-based removal agents, coupled with lubricants, digesters, and a leveling agent. Other stains that are removed using this method include blood and egg stains.
· You can’t take off furniture covers or upholstery covers to wash in the washing machine. A dry cleaning service can provide you with treatment options at home. Some laundry outfits keep portable equipment so they can expertly remove stains from drapes and upholstery at your convenience, in your home.
Now let’s talk about emergency solutions for home removal when you can’t visit a dry cleaner immediately.
· Whatever the stain type, collect these items to get started; cotton swabs, paper towel, soft cloth, and a small bucket filled with water
· Blot a liquid stain by gently pressing on the affected area and use a household stain removal agent. Baking soda, vinegar, dishwashing detergent, and even corn starch can treat stains effectively
· For stains that have set-in, use a spoon to scrape them off or wet a soft cloth and pour detergent on it. Then, gently rub the area until you see a result. Repeat the process until you achieve the desired result.
This is a general guide and if these solutions don’t work for you, it's time to consult with us. At Reid’s Cleaners, our team uses efficient techniques to remove the stain without causing discoloration or damage to the item.
Give us a call at 512-419-7343 or schedule a pick-up here. We’re based in Austin and serve all over the Texas State.