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Avoiding Spotting Mistakes

Spotting BottlesMistakes can easily be made if spotting bottles aren’t clearly marked. A story that illustrates this point is the one about the person who was working on a delicate dye restoration. After spending time carefully placing a mineral oil barrier between the colored portions and the lighter portions during the stain removal procedure, the spotter later picked up a bottle and applied the ingredients (thinking it was the mineral oil) and realized that the bottle contained chlorine bleach instead.

Everyone can make mistakes, but careful labeling can prevent some from occurring. To avoid this type of problem, all spotting bottles should be clearly labeled.
It may also be useful to use different colors on the tops of bottles to indicate the type of agent. Also, different shaped eyedropper bottles may be used for a quick determination of content.

Placement on the spotting board can also be a method for determining the content of spotting agents. Keeping special dryside spotters, such as KOH, acetone, and amyl acetate, near the dryside agents may be useful to some cleaners. Also, keeping all bleaches in the same area may prevent mix-ups.

Be sure to always look at the bottle before applying the agent to the fabric.
Posted By Harry Kimmel | 12/6/2017 8:33:29 AM