Q: I have
heard a lot of talk about “blotting” ink and cosmetic stains to remove the oily
components. Is this a new process, and what does it mean?
attempting to remove ink, mascara, and similar stains, it is suggested you
“blot” the area when working with dryside agents. This process involves placing
the garment over a towel, and then applying volatile dry solvent, oily type
paint remover, and/or amyl acetate. Next, take another towel and wrap an area
around your finger, and blot/press the towel-wrapped finger on the stained
area. Lift your finger, and examine the towel to see if any of the oily residue
has softened and transferred onto the towel. If the stain starts to spread,
flush with volatile dry solvent, reapply oily type paint remover, and blot.
Continue this process until the stain no longer blots or transfers onto the
performing this process, make sure you move the towels frequently to prevent
the staining from transferring back onto the garment. When the stain no longer
blots, dryclean or flush thoroughly with volatile dry solvent to remove all
traces of the dryside agents.
After the oily
residues have been removed, it may be necessary to continue onto wetside stain
removal procedures to remove the remainder of the stain.
more information DLI Silver, Gold and Premier members may see this and many
other bulletins in DLI's Encyclopedia of Drycleaning online:
Operating Information No. 736: Identifying and Removing Ink Stains