if you received a white wool jacket with a whole cup of coffee spilled down the front, what would you do? The care label reads “Professionally Dryclean Only.” How can you remove such a large stain?
It is not always practical to remove extremely large, water-soluble stains on the stain removal board. In this case DLI recommends a gentle wetcleaning.
Soak the jacket in cool water with a tannin formula (1- 2oz./gal.) or a neutral synthetic detergent (1/2-1 teaspoon/gal.) and acetic acid (1-2oz/gal.). If there are remaining traces of the stain, a hydrogen peroxide (6-8 oz./gal.) bath would be the last resort. There could be slight shrinkage and a change in the texture after wetcleaning, so be sure to explain to the customer that you will take all of the necessary precautions to minimize the risks involved.
DLI's Stain Removal App offers solutions to hundreds of stains by type and fabric content. Simply click the stain you're facing viola, the instructions appear. Safe instructions for unknown stains are also included.
DLI offers many bulletins on stain removal in the Drycleaning Encyclopedia, available to Silver, Gold, Premier, International, and Allied Trades Members.
Master the art and science of stain removal with our Two-Day Stain Removal Course, Sept. 26 & 27, 2019 at DLI's School of Drycleaning Technology. Learn how to identify and remove any stain with classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Call 800-638-2627 to register.