From coffee spills to spaghetti sauce, stain disasters can strike at any time. And they can be tricky to handle, especially on delicate clothing.
16 Morning News spoke with a local professional cleaner about how to address even the toughest of stains, and how to save some money, while preserving the quality of the clothing.
The biggest tip is read the label. If an item says "dry clean only," typically, it's best to treat it professionally, except when it comes to men's clothing. Most shirts for men can be washed at home, even when dry cleaning is recommended.
Here are other things to keep in mind:
When treating at home, blot don't rub. In most situations, don't use water
Identify where stains come from. Outdoor stains like grass and dirt can be treated at home. So can "body stains" like perspiration and blood. Things like oil and grease should be handled professionally.
Polyester blends can usually be washed at home, even if they recommend dry-cleaning. But if there is a lining or shoulder pads, it should be treated professionally.