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Picture yourself in a restaurant, in the office, on
a flight, or at a social event. And oh no! Something just spilt,
splashed or splattered on your favorite outfit or suit.
Before you can say "Where's the club soda," everyone around you
is volunteering an opinion on a quick-fix miracle cure.
Here's a word of caution: Before you take the "advice" of those
around you, or before you do something you'll later regret,
consider this ...
Restaurant waiters, business associates, airline personnel,
family members and friends are not skilled stain removal
technicians. Specifically, they know absolutely nothing about how
to treat your specific combination of
Their "advice" may sound plausible because it often involves
"stuff" you've heard about: ammonia, baby wipes, baking soda, club
soda, coca cola, dishwashing liquid, hairspray, hydrogen peroxide,
hot/cold water, laundry detergent/soap, lemon juice, lighter
fluid, meat tenderizer, salt, sun, vinegar, WD-40, water or white
wine. Commercial products such as OxiClean, Urine Gone and Wine
Away. And let's not forget those "guaranteed" spot removers
promoted on late night TV, at supermarket check outs, and in TV
guides and tabloid newspapers.
Truth is, their "advice" is probably nothing more than a mixture
of folklore, old wives tales, home remedies, and hazy memories
about something they'd heard from someone a few years back.
So what do you do?
Here's my best advice ...
Count to 30. Slowly.
Hopefully, this "cool off" period will
Here's a sobering thought: By attempting to "treat" the stain
yourself, you've got a 50:50 chance of ruining the garment.
In other words, if the quick-fix miracle cure works, you're just
plain lucky. If it doesn't work, you've possibly ruined the
Ignore the "advice" of those around you.
Clearly, those around you are just trying to be helpful in an
awkward situation. Unfortunately, they're not skilled stain removal
technicians, and don't have the technical knowledge, tools,
chemical agents, and specialized equipment necessary to "treat" the
Don't apply any quick-fix miracle cure.
Most of these quick-fix miracle cures just spread the stain,
result in the formation of rings, bleed the dyes, and "pull" the
color out of the fabric. Furthermore, they make future removal or
restoration by a skilled stain removal technician a difficult, if
not impossible task.
I can't begin to recall the number of ruined garments we've seen
accompanied by the comment: "I know I shouldn't have done anything,
Gently blot the spill, splash or splatter with a white
cotton napkin or towel. Never wipe. Never rub. Never
I'll repeat that: Never wipe. Never rub. Never scrub.
Just gently blot the fabric to absorb as much of the spill,
splash or splatter as possible.
Then leave it alone.
Take or send the garment to a reputable
So the next time a spill, splash or splatter occurs remember my
advice: ignore the advice of others, and do nothing you'll later
You could say that knowing what NOT to do is more important than
knowing what to do.
How can I help you?
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