December is the month where people tend to indulge in all sorts of delicious food. But with food comes stains from grease! Sometimes it can seem like you spend a lifetime trying to remove stains from items of clothing. Here at Opium Dry Cleaners, we have put together some grease removing tips for you to test at home.
Try using liquid dish detergent. Use a paper towel to blot any grease stains, but make sure you don’t rub the stain as this will only make it worse! Cover any grease stains with dish detergent or even an oil-control shampoo would work.
Use your fingers, a brush or sponge to run the detergent into the grease stain. You ideally should be able to see the grease lifting off. If the stain is an old one then make sure you scrub with a brush. But be careful with delicate fabrics like cotton.
Once this is done, rinse out all the detergent with warm water until there are no more suds. Next, rinse the stained area with white vinegar to lighten and remove any grease. Don’t wait any longer than 5 minutes before you rinse the vinegar off otherwise, you run the risk of damaging your clothes.
If the stain is still present, then it may be necessary to repeat the steps again. After you are sure the stain has been removed you can then continue to wash your garment in the washing machine.
Start by blotting the stain with a paper towel to remove any excess grease. But if it is an old stain you are trying to remove then you can skip this step.
Next, cover the stain in an absorbent and don’t worry about using too much. An absorbent is a dry material that pulls out any liquid in the grease. Salt, baking powder, talcum powder, and cornstarch are all great to use as an absorbent.
Leave the stain alone for an hour, with the absorbent still on it. Keep out of reach of any small children. After an hour brush off the absorbent, you can use your hands, a brush or even a vacuum.
(Optional Step) – If the stain is proving stubborn then try applying some dry cleaning solvent to the stain.
Blot the stain with a paper towel to remove any excess grease. Don’t rub it as you will make the stain worse.
Take your iron and set it to the lowest setting and make sure the steam function is disabled. The take a soft clean cloth and place it over the stain. Next, run the iron over the entire surface ensuring you cover the stain.
Check the surface and repeat it if you feel necessary.
An even easier option is to seek the help of professionals. Here at Opium Dry Cleaners, we can take the time and care needed to bring your clothes back to their original look and feel.