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You don't remember seeing a stain before you took
that garment to the cleaner. Or before you put it away for the
It couldn't have been there. You'd have surely seen it.
The more likely scenario is that the stain was not visible when
you took it to the cleaner, or when you put it away for the
The transformation from an invisible to a visible stain is best
explained by the common apple. When an apple is cut in half, the
oxygen in the air causes the sugars in the apple to caramelize and
Similarly, many stains are colorless when they first come into
contact with your garment or household textile. After a period of
time, they combine with oxygen in the air and/or heat, and
transform from an invisible to a visible stain.
So just because you couldn't see a stain doesn't mean it wasn't
lurking in the fibers of your garment or household textile.
You see, any time there is a stain, residue from the liquid that
caused the stain is left on the garment or household textile. In
fact, no matter how well you blot up the liquid (never wipe, scrub
or rub!), something will always be left behind. It's the residue
from the liquid that causes invisible stains.
And when the garment or household textile is dry cleaned and
finished, the heat generated by the process can act as a catalyst
to highlight the stain. Or when a garment or household textile is
stored in a closet for a period of time, the oxygen from the air
can act as a catalyst to highlight the stain.
When a stain suddenly appears, it means that the stain has
oxidized. Heat, oxygen and time can oxidize and set the stain. A
skilled stain removal technician can often remove the stain --
provided it has not completely oxidized or "set".
Some common liquids that can transform from an invisible to a
visible stain include:
My best advice?
If you think you've stained a garment or household textile,
inform your cleaner. This way the stain can be located and treated
(provided, of course, that the cleaner has a skilled stain removal
technician on premises). It's the best way to prevent a hidden
problem from popping out into the open.
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