It is inevitable. Something will get spilled on a nice shirt or blouse, no matter how careful we are. It happens. But Altamonte Springs dry cleaner professionals will let you in on a secret: in every home there are household products that can create a homemade stain removers. These products are: salt, baking soda, lemon juice, cream of tartar, vinegar, aerosol hair spray, club soda, and milk.
Ink stains are pretty common on men’s shirts. A pen placed in the shirt pocket develops a leak or an open pen accidentally swipes across a shirt cuff. Altamonte Springs dry cleaner professionals will tell you that ink stains are just about the hardest stains to remove. However, a quick spray of aerosol hairspray right on the stain will work to dissolves the ink in a pinch. It isn’t the best solution for the clothing and even if the stain appears to be gone, it is still best to have the shirt dry cleaned after the ink spot is removed. Still another option to remove the stubborn ink stain is to sprinkle salt on the ink and then soak the garment in milk, then launder the shirt.
Another secret trick is to make a paste of lemon juice and cream of tartar. Always test a small portion of the fabric first to make sure is it colorfast by rubbing a small hidden area of the clothing article with the mixture and wait 20 minutes. If there is no color change, softly rub the mixture over the stain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Don’t have a container to mix these ingredients? Just sprinkle the cream of tartar over the stained area and drizzle lemon juice over the tartar. Rub it in and wait one or two minutes, then brush away the remaining tartar and launder the garment.
If the garment is white, the mixture could leave a yellow stain. You don’t want to go from one stain to another. Still follow the same procedure as above, but place it in the sun to dry. The sun will naturally bleach the shirt to keep it white. Then launder.
Of course, people don’t usually carry cream of tartar everywhere they go, so if an ink stain happens while you are at a social gathering where there is sure to be club soda. Altamonte Springs dry cleaner professionals say that this won’t get the stain out completely, however club soda will keep the stain from setting. Just dip the stained area in a glass of club soda and dap it with a soft cloth. Later, at home, use the homemade mixture and launder as usual.
Another common stain is red wine. This stain can be removed the same way as ink stains. If the wine stain is fresh, immediately soak up the spill with baking soda or salt. Then pour boiling water through the fabric where the stain is. (Stretch the fabric over a bowl so the water can pour easily through the stain.)
Cream of tartar comes in handy for rust stains. Sprinkle the area with cream of tartar, then tie up the area so it forms a pouch. Soak the pouch in hot water for five to 10 minutes. If you don’t have cream of tartar, salt and vinegar work just as well. Make a thin paste of the salt and vinegar and spread it over the stain and place the garment in sunlight to dry. If it is evening, pour boiling water over the stained area and let it air dry. Altamonte Springs dry cleaner professionals warn to never put any garment in the dryer to dry if you are not certain the stain is completely gone. The dryer heat will set the remains of the stain.
In Florida, clothes are subject to mildew stains. If you have a garment that has a mildew stain Altamonte Springs dry cleaner professionals recommend making a thin paste of lemon juice and salt or a paste of salt, vinegar and water and spread the mixture over the stain. Again, lay the garment in the sun to bleach it. When it is dry, rinse it out and launder.
Full-strength vinegar will get out stubborn mildew stains, coffee or tea stains, as well as grass stains. And red juice stains can be removed by soaking in a dilution of 1 unit vinegar and 2 units of water. Let it air dry or sun dry.
And last, but not least, grease stains. Immediately after getting splattered with gravy grease or skillet grease, cover the fresh stain with salt. Gently wipe away and if the stain is still there, dap the spot with vinegar.
The sooner a stain can be treated with these home remedies, the easier it will be to remove the stains.